Apple is gearing up to enhance the camera capabilities of its upcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, set to be released later this year, according to insights from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities International. Kuo suggests that the ultra-wide angle camera on the Pro models will receive an upgrade, while the smaller iPhone 16 Pro will feature the tetraprism telephoto camera setup already present in the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Additionally, the iPhone 17 series is expected to receive an improved selfie camera.
In a recent Medium post, Kuo reveals that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will transition from a 12-megapixel sensor to a more advanced 48-megapixel sensor. Although the sensor is anticipated to produce 12-megapixel images through pixel binning, the hardware upgrade is projected to deliver enhanced image quality compared to the iPhone 15 Pro models.
Genius Electronic Optical, based in Taiwan, is poised to be a key supplier of the ultra-wide angle lens for the iPhone 16 Pro models. The company is also slated to manufacture the tetraprism telephoto lens for the smaller iPhone 16 Pro, aligning its optical zoom capabilities with those of the larger Pro model.
Last year, Apple introduced an upgraded telephoto camera with up to 5x optical zoom for the iPhone 15 Pro. Leaks suggest that the iPhone 16 Pro will continue to feature similar camera hardware, offering comparable functionality. Additionally, the iPhone 16 Pro is anticipated to boast a larger 6.27-inch display, potentially driving a 5 to 10 percent increase in upgrades upon its release.
Looking ahead to the iPhone 17 series, Kuo predicts an upgraded selfie camera, transitioning from a 12-megapixel sensor with a 5P lens to a 24-megapixel camera with a 6P lens. This improvement is expected to significantly enhance image quality. As Genius is a primary supplier for iPhone front cameras, Kuo foresees a substantial rise in the company’s revenue, given that the price of a 6P lens is estimated to be 100 percent to 120 percent higher than 5P lenses.