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Apple iPhone 16 Pro as Leica smartphone: Leica subsidiary confirms camera grip with official Leica app

Leica subsidiary Fjorden is already developing a camera grip for the iPhone 16 Pro. (Image: Fjorden)
Leica subsidiary Fjorden is already developing a camera grip for the iPhone 16 Pro. (Image: Fjorden)
Leica has acquired the manufacturer of a camera grip for the Apple iPhone, which has now confirmed that a model for the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro is already in the works. However, a completely new development with potential Leica branding is expected to take even longer.

Leica released the Leica Lux camera app for the Apple iPhone a few days ago. However, the app was not developed by Leica, but by Fjorden. The company has been known primarily for its camera grips for the iPhone and was acquired by Leica in December 2023. Following the development of the Lux app, the next product is already in the starting blocks, as company founder Victor Henning confirms in his own community forum that cases are already being developed for the iPhone 16 series.

Fjorden cases not only serve to protect the smartphone, but above all as an adapter for the Fjorden Grip, a camera handle designed to improve ergonomics and add additional buttons to the iPhone. These include a dedicated camera shutter release that can distinguish between light and firm pressure, a zoom control, a rotary wheel for adjusting camera settings and a programmable Fn button. The handgrip is currently only compatible with the associated Fjorden app, but will also be compatible with Leica Lux in the future.

While the handle already supports an official Leica camera app, it will continue to be sold under the Fjorden brand for the time being. However, the company founder hints that a second-generation Fjorden camera handle may be launched in the next 12 to 18 months and may be marketed with the Leica logo, but Fjorden is not yet allowed to officially confirm further details of Leica's plans.

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Hannes Brecher, 2024-06-12 (Update: 2024-06-12)