Apple has plans to introduce upgraded telephoto cameras to future iPhone models, and according to an analyst, the iPhone 17 Pro Max will sport a 48MP sensor, up from the 12MP tetraprism unit on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. In addition to capturing zoomed images at a higher resolution, the report states that the upgraded sensor will be designed to interact with the Apple Vision Pro, which is slated to launch in early 2024.
Apple is also rumored to introduce a 10x tetraprism lens, and it may debut on the iPhone 17 Pro Max
Analyst Jeff Pu from Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities stated in a research note spotted by MacRumors that Apple intends to upgrade the telephoto camera on the iPhone 17 Pro Max. Referring to the technology giant’s supplier Largan Precision, the top-tier iPhone flagship arriving in late 2025 is said to feature a 48MP telephoto camera and will reportedly be optimized for the Apple Vision Pro. Pu did not provide details on how this 48MP sensor will interact with the mixed-reality headset.
However, the increased megapixel count of the iPhone 17 Pro Max may allow users to view detailed content through the upgraded telephoto lens while wearing the Apple Vision Pro, though this is mere speculation and should not be treated as an actual feature. More evidence that the camera will be optimized for the Apple Vision Pro is through a rumor, claiming that Apple will introduce custom Wi-Fi 7 chips to its iPhone 17 Pro and iPhone 17 Pro Max, reducing dependency on Broadcom.
The Wi-Fi 7 standard delivers significantly increased wireless speeds compared to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, and the reduced latency of this standard means that the iPhone 17 Pro Max may seamlessly interact with the Apple Vision Pro for various tasks, including media consumption. Another analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, predicted that next year’s iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will ship with upgraded tetraprism cameras but did not specify the complete specifications, so it is possible that the iPhone 17 Pro Max is Apple’s first flagship to feature a 48MP telephoto lens.
Apple has also been rumored to introduce a 10x tetraprism lens in a future iPhone, but that information did not reveal if this technology would arrive in the iPhone 17 Pro Max. However, the rumor did mention that Apple would be dropping LG Innotek from its supply chain, potentially replacing it with ICT, a subsidiary belonging to Luxshare Precision. These multitudes of reports suggest that Apple has gotten serious about bringing lossless zoom to its top-end iPhones, so those who have yet to upgrade for better hardware will eagerly be waiting to get their hands on a future release.