iPhone 15 Pro Max Again Rumored to Exclusively Feature Periscope Lens With Up to 6x Optical Zoom

As widely rumored, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will exclusively feature an upgraded Telephoto lens with periscope technology, according to Twitter account @URedditor. In a tweet today, the leaker said they finally independently confirmed this information.

iPhone 15 Pro Periscope Mock Feature
Last month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated that the periscope lens will enable up to 5x-6x optical zoom when shooting photos with the rear camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, compared to up to 3x on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. When taking a photo, optical zoom does not have any blurriness when zooming in, like digital zoom does.

With a periscope lens, light absorbed by the image sensor is bent or "folded," allowing for a greater distance between the camera elements within the compact design of a smartphone. This technology allows for increased optical zoom and is already used by some Android brands like Samsung, Google, and Huawei, with phones like the Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S23 Ultra offering between 5x and 10x optical zoom.

Apple will launch the iPhone 15 Pro Max in September. Other upcoming models, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro, are not expected to feature a periscope lens. For more details, read our periscope lens guide.

@URedditor was the first source to share alleged real-world images of the iPhone 15 Pro, but they do not have a long-term track record with Apple rumors.

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Top Rated Comments

sajlonix Avatar
14 months ago
I hate these differences between Pro models.. Im paying for Pro features
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
14 months ago
Was hoping it would be a 10x
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SDJim Avatar
14 months ago
I reaaaalllly want more zoom...


Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jakewilk Avatar
14 months ago
6x isn’t even worth having when we already have 3x. Just increases the price for a feature that has the same effect as taking a few steps forward. 10x? 20x? Sure, now that sounds like something I could use for far away things
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ion-X Avatar
14 months ago
Optical zoom levels on the 14 Pro Max are disappointing, especially as compared with 10x optical zoom on Samsungs. It’s one of the few complaints I have about the 14 Pro Max optically system, along with the lower-quality 3x zoom lens.

With that being said, the 2x zoom mode is a feat of computational photography!! Good job Craig F., Johny S, et al.!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bLackjackj Avatar
14 months ago
Just rid us of that floating notch Apple! Please!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)