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Apple has huge plans for its iPhone 16 lineup, especially in its camera system. A rumor says the Cupertino company plans to give an unspecified iPhone 16 model a “periscope ultra-long telephoto camera,” turning the device an ideal tool for wildlife photography and other scenes.

The periscope ultra-long telephoto camera will allow the unit to capture subjects with sufficient details from a distance using a powerful zoom. An ultra-telephoto lens is ideal for wildlife, sports, journalism, and other shots involving far-away objects.

The details were shared by an account named “Digital Chat Station” (via MacRumors) on Weibo. The account is known for sharing earlier accurate iPhone leaks, making this new revelation interesting for fans. However, no exact model of the iPhone 16 was mentioned, though it is believed iPhone 16 Pro Max will likely be the one to receive the feature.

This new powerful camera feature addition to the iPhone 16 Pro Max (if we’re right) will help Apple draw the distinction between iPhone 16 Pro models. To recall, iPhone 15 Pro Max is set to have the first Apple smartphone to have a periscope camera lens. This feature is then expected to be included in the iPhone 16 Pro. So, by adding a more powerful camera system to the iPhone 16 Pro Max, Apple can separate its high-end model from others in the series.

There are still no exact details on how powerful this super telephoto periscope cam feature will be. Yet, as a reference, iPhone 15 Pro Max is set to have a 6x optical zoom. This is twice the 3x telephoto lens of the iPhone 14 Pro Max. With this, it is interesting how much zoom power we will get in the “periscope ultra-long telephoto combination” of the iPhone 16 Pro Max. Even more, the account says iPhone 16 Pro Max could get a larger main camera sensor, measuring 1/1.14 inches. This is 12% bigger than iPhone 14 Pro Max’s 1/1.28 sensor. With this and the super telephoto periscope feature, this could mean the future iPhone model could produce better images at a higher resolution compared to its predecessors.


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