iPhone 15 Pro Expected to Feature Periscope Lens With Up to 10x Optical Zoom

At least one iPhone 15 model launched in 2023 will feature a periscope camera system, allowing for increased optical zoom, according to analyst Jeff Pu.

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With a periscope system, light entering the telephoto lens on the back of the iPhone would be reflected by an angled mirror towards the camera's image sensor. The change in direction in which the light travels would allow for Apple to fit a longer telephoto setup inside the iPhone, enabling users to zoom in further without any blurriness.

Rumors about the iPhone getting a periscope lens have been circulating since early 2020, with reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the first to mention the possibility. Kuo initially said that a periscope lens would be an iPhone 14 Pro feature, but it is now looking like we'll have to wait until the iPhone 15 Pro next year.

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There are already some Android smartphones with periscope lenses, including Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra and Huawei's P40 Pro+. Both of those devices feature up to 10x optical zoom, and with the addition of a periscope lens, the iPhone 15 Pro could follow suit. In the meantime, iPhone 13 Pro models are limited to 3x optical zoom.

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Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
12 months ago
I understand Apple for upgrading their camera systems at a lower pace since this is their main selling point to upgrade nowadays but this is just annoying, especially with competitors already using it a year ago and don’t give me the „apple always waits til something majored*“ BS

*is cheaper to make in high quantities
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
12 months ago
Gonna be a long year…
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
creediddy Avatar
12 months ago
Hole punch screen this year for 2022 with a 10% faster A-series processor. Slightly better camera for 2022. 2023 gets a 10x optical zoom capabilities. LOL! Let alone we got 120Hz for 2021. Apple needs the Apple iFold ASAP!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
12 months ago
wow, can't wait for iPhone 16 ... yes, 16, no typo /s
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
12 months ago
Kuo has been saying this. It looks like iPhone 15 will be a major camera upgrade.

So I'm guessing people will be skipping iPhone 14? I’m not and wouldn’t recommend it. ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
12 months ago

„apple always waits til something majored*
Nah, more like Apple waits until someone says, “Yes, we can have over 100 million of these produced over the year where you plan to release these.” It’s one thing to make a few ten million for Xaiomi, completely different thing to match Apple’s scale.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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