Apple iPhone 16 Pro: New telephoto lens in development

The Apple iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max will have a new telephoto lens and the iPhone 17 will be produced entirely in India.
Apple iPhone 16 Pro

Apple will use molded glass lenses for the telephoto cameras of the 2024 Pro models. According to a supply chain report, the telephoto lenses for the Apple iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max come exclusively from Largan. Molded glass lenses are thinner and lighter than traditional ground glass at the same magnification distance. This means that the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 120mm zoom lens will also fit into the smaller iPhone 16 Pro in 2024.

This would put the Apple iPhone 16 Pro back on par with the iPhone 16 Pro Max, at least as far as the camera setup is concerned. Due to the complexity of molded glass lenses, Apple is already preparing for next year’s iPhone Pro models. The company is reportedly already overloading the supply chain with orders.

Apple iPhone 17 production starts in India

Apple has diversified its supply chain in recent years. India has become one of the most important locations for the production of Apple components. Reports from earlier this year suggested that Americans want to shift up to 25% of iPhone production to India by 2025. The latest report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo even assumes that the Apple iPhone 17 will be developed and produced exclusively in India from the second half of 2024. The usual release date would be a year later in September 2025.

The remarkable thing is that this would be the first time that production of a new iPhone would start outside of China. Kuo believes that Apple chose the base model iPhone 17 instead of the Pro models due to the lower development difficulties. This would mean the risk is lower. Apple started assembling iPhones in India back in 2017 and Tata Electronics recently acquired a 100 percent stake in Wistron’s assembly units in India worth $125 million.

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