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A supply chain report indicates that Apple will adopt tetraprism lenses in its Pro models in next year’s iPhone 16 line. With this, it means the upcoming smartphone models of the giant will also be able to perform up to 5x zoom.

Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported the news this week, saying the Cupertino giant will also bring the hardware to its Pro smartphones next year. The detail is included in the report about Apple’s smartphone camera lens supplier, Largan Precision Co. The analyst said the company is one of the “biggest beneficiaries of the upgraded specifications of the iPhone 15 Pro Max telephoto lens.”

According to Kuo, Largan is expected to continue its beneficial relationship with Apple, especially with the release of the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max. The two models will boast the tetraprism technology already found in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This gives the two high-end smartphones of Apple a distinctive difference from their standard counterparts, which only have an optical zoom lens that features only 3x capabilities.

Kuo believes the tetraprism in the iPhone 16 Pro units, which “represents one of the best investment opportunities in Apple supply chain for 2023 and 2024,” will be one of the significant growth drivers of the supplier in 2024.

These details add to the current claims revolving around the iPhone 16 lineup, including the addition of three cameras (reportedly for the Vision Pro), an A18 chip, larger displays alongside the use of microlens technology, Wi-Fi 7, and a super telephoto periscope camera. In September, a report also revealed Apple’s plan to add a “Capture Button” to the iPhone 16 lineup. The element will reportedly be capacitive, meaning it won’t be mechanical and will respond to detected touches via haptic feedback. The purpose of the button remains unknown, but the same concept will reportedly be used in next year’s Action Button.


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