Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has once again confirmed that Apple will include a quad-reflex zoom camera with a 120mm focal length in the iPhone 16 Pro next year. According to his report, Largan will become the only supplier of this telephoto camera. The Chinese raised their production yield from 40% to 70% in the third quarter of 2023. Breakeven is planned for next year. The share of iPhones with quad-reflex cameras should grow by around 160% annually.
Kuo also hinted that Huawei will be a big customer for Largan’s zoom cameras in 2024. Next to Apple, the Chinese should be the fastest growing brand in demand for periscope lenses. According to his report, the P70, P70 Pro and P70 Art models will enter mass production in the first half of 2024. Features include periscope cameras and in-house Kirin chipsets. The forecast for the P70 series in terms of unit numbers is 100% higher than the Huawei P60.
There were also first rumors last week that Apple is working on a new cooling system for the iPhone 16 series. Today, the first images of an iPhone 16 Pro battery prototype confirmed these reports. The images show that the battery is surrounded by a brushed metal bracket, which likely helps with heat dissipation.
The images show a Li-Ion battery cell from the Chinese Desay Corporation with a capacity of 3,355 mAh (13.02 Wh). It has the same L-shape as the battery of the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
For reference, the Apple iPhone 15 Pro has a slightly smaller battery capacity of 3,274 mAh. We’ll see if Apple will use the battery design and capacity of this early prototype in the production models of the iPhone 16 Pro.