Just over a week ago, an extensive leak showed the potential display sizes of the Apple iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max / Ultra next year. A new report now addresses this and states that the larger dimensions will provide room for several upgrades. These include a periscope telephoto camera and a 12% larger main camera sensor. The rumor was first circulated on Chinese social media site Weibo, allegedly based on insider information from the industry.
The person confirms several other reports that next year’s Apple iPhone 16 Pro models will feature larger displays. Apparently Apple will use the space to install a periscope zoom camera. This theory is also supported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. According to Gurman, however, it is also conceivable that Apple will install larger batteries in addition to better camera hardware.
While the iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to introduce the first periscope telephoto camera on an iPhone, the Pro model initially gets nothing. In 2024, both Apple iPhone 16 Pro models should get periscope zooms. The larger dimensions of the iPhone 16 Pro can therefore be explained at least in part by the need for more space to accommodate a periscope camera in the smaller Pro model.
With the Apple iPhone 16 Pro Max or iPhone 16 Ultra, the additional space is apparently also needed for a larger main camera sensor with a size of 1/1.14 inch. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max currently have 1/1.28 inch sensors. No larger sensor is expected for this year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max. A larger chip could improve the dynamic range and background blur of the main iPhone camera. Also, a larger sensor would capture more light in low light conditions.