Earlier rumors suggested that the iPhone 16 Pro would have a 120 mm Telephoto camera, potentially requiring a larger device size. This is where molded glass lenses can make a difference, as they are lighter and thinner. Additionally, molded lenses can provide greater magnification in a smaller package. It is likely that Apple will maintain the 24 mm and 120 mm focal lengths but with thinner lenses. This would be particularly beneficial for the iPhone 16 Pro, which is rumored to include tetraprism crystal for an extended Telephoto lens.
Manufacturers are already gearing up to produce molded lenses for the iPhone 16 Pro lineup. While Apple is leading the supply chain orders, other companies like Oppo and vivo may also explore the use of molded lenses as part of a broader trend.
If you’re curious about molded glass, it is a specific type of glass created by pouring molten glass into a mold and rapidly cooling it. This process results in highly robust and durable glass, making it ideal for applications like smartphones, where strength and durability are crucial.