Published on October 30, 2023, 10:28 pm
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The iPhone 16 Pro may feature molded glass lenses, according to a recent supply chain report. These lenses would help reduce the thickness and weight of the camera bump while also increasing magnification distance. Previous reports have already suggested that the iPhone 16 Pro could come with a 120 mm Telephoto camera due to its larger size.
Molded glass lenses are thinner and lighter, making them ideal for implementing the rumored 120 mm focal length. This technology would allow Apple to maintain the existing 24 mm and 120 mm focal lengths while using much thinner lenses. This is particularly beneficial for the smaller iPhone 16 Pro, which already has limited space due to the tetraprism crystal needed for the longer Telephoto lens.
With ample space available in the iPhone 16 Pro, Apple has two potential options. They can either reduce the size and weight of the camera bump while keeping the existing focal lengths or further extend the 120 mm focal length. The development of molded lenses is a complex process, but manufacturers are already gearing up for this implementation as part of a broader trend.
It’s worth noting that none of the three lenses on the iPhone Pro models provide optical zoom. They each have fixed focal lengths – 13mm for ultrawide, 24mm for wide, and either 77mm or 120mm for telephoto (depending on whether it’s an iPhone Pro or Pro Max). Zooming is achieved through digital zoom, which involves sensor cropping and computational photography. While this approach allows for versatility in shooting conditions, it can compromise image quality when zooming digitally.
Some users view the addition of a new 120mm lens as a step backward in terms of iPhone photography quality because it places additional strain on the main lens (24mm) through extensive digital zooming between focal lengths of 25mm and 119mm. However, professional sports or wildlife photographers who frequently shoot at longer focal lengths may find the new lens advantageous.
Despite these differing perspectives, it is crucial to clarify that the term “optical zoom” can be misleading in this context. It refers to the increase in focal length for the telephoto lens without implying physical movement of the lens itself. The optical aspect pertains to the lenses being physical components, not digital recreations within the main camera.
Furthermore, it is not necessary for the main camera to cover the entire range from 1x to 5x zoom. The Camera app clearly indicates that it handles 1x to 2x, with a jump directly from 2x to 5x. While some users might prefer intermediary zoom levels, many find a superior optically zoomed lens at 5x more useful than a compromised quality at intermediate zoom levels.
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In conclusion, molded glass lenses could potentially be incorporated into the iPhone 16 Pro lineup. These lenses would help reduce camera bump thickness and weight while enhancing magnification capabilities. As discussions surrounding Apple’s “Scary Fast” event continue to circulate, excitement builds regarding potential new products and features.
Original article posted by Fox News