Apple may have only made the iPhone 15 Pro Max available a few months ago, but attention has already turned to what’s next: the iPhone 16 Pro Max. We’ve heard snippets about Apple’s plans here and there lately, but a new report has added more information, particularly on the direction Apple could take in terms of camera upgrades.
According to this report, Apple intends to turn the iPhone 16 Pro Max into a « flagship imaging product » and will do so by equipping it with an improved camera sensor. A version of the periscope lens used in the iPhone 15 Pro Max will remain, while there’s also a teaser about a change to the new phone’s screen.
Apple isn’t expected to unveil the new iPhone lineup until September of this year, with the iPhone 16 Pro Max likely to be joined by the iPhone 16 Pro, iPhone 16, and iPhone 16 Plus. We’ll likely see more and more leaks and rumors as we get closer to the fall, but this latest camera leak suggests that the biggest and best iPhone is the one people will want if photography is a priority for them.
A flagship camera for a flagship phone
The report comes from the normally well-connected Digital Chat Station, an account that posts on the Chinese social network Weibo. Reprinted by WCCFTech, the report states (via automatic translation) that the new iPhone 16 Pro Max will use a modified version of Sony’s IMX903 sensor. This sensor will have a size of 1/1.14 inches compared to the previous model’s 1/1.28-inch sensor. If this turns out to be the case, buyers of the new iPhone can expect brighter images, which should also ensure better performance in low-light situations. Digital Chat Station goes on to say that the new sensor will be multilayered and will benefit from a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital gain control (DCG). These two features should ensure an overall better image, including reduced noise when taking photos in more challenging conditions.
It’s important to note that Digital Chat Station did not mention the iPhone 16 in this report, suggesting that the new sensor could be exclusive to the larger model.
The report also mentions that the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a slight curve, although it’s difficult to know what this will mean in practice or if it will apply to the other models in the iPhone 16 lineup.
However, as reliable as Digital Chat Station has proven to be in the past, it’s important to remember that we’re still far from the officialization of the new iPhones and plans can change and often do change. Even if the information this leaker has is accurate at the moment, there’s no guarantee that it will still be when Apple unveils the new iPhones in early September. However, it would make perfect sense for Apple to focus this year on camera upgrades, particularly on the high end of its range.
The iPhone 16 Pro Max has already been rumored to receive a new 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera, while an upgrade to the telephoto lens has also been claimed.
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