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After the release of the iPhone 15, here comes the rumors and leaks involving next year’s iPhone 16 lineup. Jeff Pu from Haitong International Securities is the latest to spill some details about the matter, claiming Apple will be injecting an improved 5G modem and ultra-wide lens in the Pro models of the series.

In a note to investors (via 9To5Mac), Pu shares some details that are reportedly sourced from Apple’s supply chain. This starts with the 5x optical zoom tetra-prism lens in the iPhone 16 Pro model, which will be inherited from the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This supports an earlier report by supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Meanwhile, Pu’s note adds that both the Pro models of the iPhone 16 line will boast a 12MP tetra-prism lens.

On the other hand, Pu claims that the ultra-wide lens in both Pro models will be improved, which should be good news since it is one of the iPhone parts lacking attention. According to the analyst, from the present 12MP, the iPhone 16 Pro models’ ultra-wide lens will be bumped to 48MP.

On the connectivity side of things, the note reveals that Apple is planning to use the Snapdragon X75 modem of Qualcomm to enable the iPhone 16 Pro models of better 5G capability. This should be good news as it means another 5G improvement for iPhones next year. According to a recent report, the 5G performance of the iPhone 15 Pro models is already better than earlier iPhones. Yet, according to Pu, this will further be pushed to up to 7.5 Gbps 5G download speeds in iPhone 16 Pro.

As for Wi-Fi, Pu’s note reiterates his previous claims in August about the iPhone 16 adopting the Wi-Fi 7 connection. Kuo also made the same report earlier, saying these improvements have something to do with Apple’s plan to prepare the Vision Pro ecosystem:

Wi-Fi 7 is expected to bring better performance than Wi-Fi 6 by exceeding it four more times, thanks to over 40Gbps of peak data rates. However, the arrival of Wi-Fi 7 is not just about faster connection speeds for smartphones. As per Kuo, Apple is heading this way in preparation for its Vision Pro headset. Wi-Fi 7 will play a huge part in this as it can support more connections and cater to techs requiring high-speed and low-latency Wi-Fi performance, such as augmented and virtual reality. Additionally, the analyst noted that it will be “more conducive to Apple’s integration of hardware products running on the same local network and provide a better ecosystem experience.”

“Apple will aggressively upgrade hardware specifications to build a more competitive ecosystem for Vision Pro,” Kuo said. “The ecosystem is one of the key success factors for Vision Pro, including the integration with other Apple hardware products, and related main hardware specifications are Wi-Fi and UWB.”

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