The rumor continues to gain traction, especially now that we have a significant, tangible confirmation that supports the theory. One of the best leakers from Asia has revealed a detail that may go unnoticed by many, but logically carries significant meaning for the coming year. It seems that 2024 will be the year of periscopic lenses in high-end and elite devices, all thanks to Apple introducing this type of periscopic camera in the iPhone 16 Pro, not just in the Pro Max.
The information is not easily traceable, but we need to look back at where we came from to make the connection. Everything revolves around Largan, the company that has been the talk of a few tech websites, and where we already saw that supply issues for the iPhone 15 Pro Max were rooted. Why? Because it’s the supplier of the most advanced lenses for Apple’s phones.
Largan fulfills its promise: increasing production and profitability
As a leading manufacturer of ultra-advanced lenses, alongside other Japanese companies, Largan faced an overwhelming demand for periscopic lenses from Apple. They could not keep up and Tim Cook’s strict quality standards made it hard to increase production and provisioning lines to cover the demand.
Given the initial sales boom of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the company heavily invested to cover Apple’s needs. Fortunately, after several months of dealing with the issue, news broke that Largan has managed to improve the performance and profitability of the most advanced periscopic lenses.
The analyst and leaker claims that this will change everything in 2024 since one of the main beneficiaries will be Apple itself and its users. The reasons are simple: periscopic cameras will reach more models in the market from various smartphone brands, specifically, the iPhone 16 Pro.
Why will the iPhone 16 Pro have a periscopic camera?
It seems that Apple will use the same camera but with a greater optical zoom following criticisms. The problem, if you’ve experienced a cutting-edge phone, is the stabilization with a zoom above 5x. It becomes extremely difficult to control the focus, which is why Apple didn’t use this zoom in the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
However, rumor has it that the iPhone 16 Pro Max could have a new stabilizer for that zoom. Based on what we’ve discussed so far, there’s a high degree of certainty that the four-lens, 120mm periscopic camera currently found in the iPhone 15 Pro Max will also be included in the iPhone 16 Pro, except it would maintain the 5x zoom currently found in Apple’s high-end smartphones.
In percentage terms, the year-on-year increase in Apple phones featuring this camera will be 160%, with shipments of devices with the periscopic camera (namely the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max) increasing by 110%.
This is only possible due to Largan’s increase in production, estimated at 30% for the last quarter of the year, and a similar increase for the first quarter of 2024, moving from 40% in the previous quarter to the current 70%, and reaching 100% or similar within a few months. It’s important to note that Apple is not the only manufacturer using periscopic cameras – Huawei also includes them, and more brands will follow suit as production increases.
In any case, it’s interesting that the iPhone 16 Pro will receive this upgrade, which will be accompanied by the A18 Pro, which seems to be a small step forward for Apple.
The original article, “The iPhone 16 Pro will get a 4-lens, 120mm periscopic camera,” first appeared on El Chapuzas Informático.