Apple is set to release the first iPhone with a periscope lens in this year’s iPhone 15 lineup, but rumor has it that it will be limited to the top-of-the-line iPhone 15 Pro Max only.according to the new report According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, current expectations are that this exclusivity will not change in the near future…
Periscope lens for iPhone 15 and newer
A periscope lens is a lens that relies on a prism to reflect light to multiple internal lenses at 90 degrees to the camera sensor. What this means is that the lens length can be much longer than a traditional telephoto lens. This means that periscope lenses can offer much better optical zoom capabilities.
For example, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max both have telephoto lenses that offer 3x optical zoom and 15x digital. Samsung has already switched to a periscope lens in its flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra, which offers 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom.
This year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to be the first iPhone to switch to a periscope lens.According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s implementation of the technology includes a 12-megapixel resolution, f/2.8 aperture, Includes 1/3″ sensor with sensor shift stabilization and up to 6x optical zoom.
Rumor has it that the periscope lens will be exclusive to the top-of-the-line iPhone 15 this year, but that Apple will extend it to smaller “Pro” phones in 2024, but that’s not the case now. It seems that.
Kuo reports that he expects only the top iPhone 16 models in 2024 to offer periscope lenses, whether they’re called “iPhone 16 Pro Max” or “iPhone 15 Ultra.”
Apple made this decision for two reasons. The company sees the periscope lens as a way of differentiating the iPhone 16 Pro Max from the iPhone 16 Pro, perhaps giving people a reason to spend more on the higher-end models. Alternatively, it may be a technical or engineering limitation.
As my colleague Ben Lovejoy wrote in the past, the switch to periscope lenses could be one of the biggest changes in iPhone camera hardware in years. The lack of greater optical zoom (and to a lesser extent digital zoom) is the main advantage Samsung’s latest flagship device has over the iPhone lineup.
The fact that the periscope lens will be limited to big-screen iPhones until at least 2025 is a disappointment for those who prefer smaller phones. The fork here is similar to the iPhone 6s era, when the iPhone 6s Plus included an optical image stabilization sensor for video and stills, unlike the iPhone 6s.
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