The Apple iPhone 15 series isn’t even out yet and will be unveiled in September as per the usual schedule. Nevertheless, the successors are already doing the rounds in the rumor mill, including the Apple iPhone 16 Pro Max. The usually reliable tipster Digital Chat Station has now commented on the camera setup of the Apple flagship for 2024.
According to DCS, the Apple iPhone 16 Pro Max will come with a “Super Telephoto” periscope zoom camera. This term apparently refers to cameras with a (equivalent) focal length of over 300mm, which would technically be quite impressive in a mobile phone. The current Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has a focal length of just 77 mm for its zoom camera. However, it is also a normal telephoto camera without a periscope lens.
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is rumored to mark the debut of a periscope on an iPhone this September. The smaller iPhone 16 Pro is also said to have a periscope, just not a “Super Telephoto” lens. So it’s conceivable that the iPhone 16 Pro will inherit the periscope from the iPhone 15 Pro Max, while the iPhone 16 Pro Max will get a zoom upgrade next year.
Super telephoto cameras are commonly used in sports and wildlife photography. But they are also suitable for portraits, as long as the photographer can move away far enough from the subject. In addition, the same source claims that the main camera of the Apple iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a 12% larger sensor (1/1.14 inch) compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max (1/1.28 inch). The iPhone 15 Pro Max, on the other hand, should stay with the hardware of its predecessor.