iPhone 16 Pro Max Rumored to Boast Enhanced Primary Camera Sensor, Insider Suggests

Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro Max is rumored to feature a significant upgrade in its camera technology, according to a recent leak. This new model, which follows the iPhone 15 Pro Max, is expected to include a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor. This sensor is notably larger than those in both the current iPhone 15 Pro Max and its predecessor, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, promising enhanced camera capabilities.

The leak, originating from a Weibo post by Digital Chat Station, suggests that the iPhone 16 Pro Max will use a Sony IMX903 camera sensor. This sensor, custom-designed for the device, includes a 14-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital gain control (DGC), which are anticipated to significantly boost the camera’s performance.

In comparison, the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro Max were equipped with a 1/1.28-inch primary camera sensor. The new iPhone 16 Pro Max model is expected to sport a larger 1/1.14-inch sensor. The larger sensor size hints at the potential for improved image capture in low light conditions, along with enhanced dynamic range and bokeh effects.

Additionally, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with TF Securities International, has forecasted upgrades for the ultra-wide-angle camera in the iPhone 16 Pro models. He also predicts that the tetraprism telephoto camera setup from the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be featured in the smaller iPhone 16 Pro model later this year.

Furthermore, Kuo anticipates that Apple’s 2025 models, likely to be branded as the iPhone 17 series, will see a major upgrade in the selfie camera. This upgrade is expected to evolve from a 12-megapixel camera with a 5P lens to a 24-megapixel camera with a 6P lens. These developments indicate significant improvements in Apple’s camera technology for their upcoming iPhone models.