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iPhone 16 Pro again rumored to get Tetraprism zoom lens

Render of the iPhone 16 Pro

The Tetraprism lens used in the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be used in more models for the iPhone 16 generation, according to a report seemingly confirming more orders for the component.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is the only one in the generation with a Tetraprism lens. The periscope lens system provides it with a 5x optical zoom, compared to the 3x zoom of the iPhone 15 Pro.

There have been numerous rumors that Apple will be bringing the lens system to more models in the iPhone 16 collection. In a Friday report, it now seems to be happening.

According to industry sources of DigiTimes Asia, Apple is preparing to expand the use of periscope lenses. As part of this, Apple is also expected to expand its supplier range, adding Genius Electronic Optical alongside existing supplier Largan Precision for the iPhone 16.

Current repeated rumors point to the iPhone 16 Pro gaining the lens and the Pro Max continuing to use it.

This would in theory make the extra zoom level a benefit available only to the Pro lineup, not the standard edition models.

Other rumors have claimed the Pro models will also gain an extra 48-megapixel camera sensor on the rear, replacing the 12-megapixel sensor on the ultra-wide angle camera. New coatings may also reduce lens flare, while thinner lenses could help reduce weight and make the bump smaller.