If rumors are to be believed, Apple may limit periscope lens technology to Pro models due to the space the hardware requires.Similarly, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Apple posted on Twitter that the periscope lens tech will only come to the rumored iPhone 16. Promax model.
(4/5) As expected before, the top model of the 2H23 new iPhone 15 model (15 Pro Max or 15 Ultra) is … https://t.co/J8AgZMY5UD
— Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) 1675185037000
Kuo tweeted: “My latest research shows that only one high-end model of the new iPhone 16 from 2H24 will feature a periscope camera instead of the two models the market had hoped for.
“Therefore, the contribution of periscope cameras to the demand for lens upgrades is likely to be lower than the market consensus.”
Kuo’s information contradicts a recent report from The Elec that said the “Folded Zoom” periscope lens will be available on both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max next year.
The analyst also noted that the iPhone 15 Pro Max was previously predicted to “adopt a periscope camera.”
“The market expected that the addition of the periscope camera to more iPhone models would increase demand for lens upgrades in 2023-2024,” Kuo added.
What is a periscope lens?
A periscope lens reflects light through an angled mirror onto the image sensor in the camera. The directional shift enables a “folding” telephoto lens system, improving the blur-free optical zoom capability associated with digital zoom.
However, Periscope lens technology is already being used by smartphone makers such as Samsung. Meanwhile, the “iPhone 15” Pro Max will likely offer up to 6x optical zoom, an improvement over his current 3x optical zoom on the iPhone 14 Pro model.
Over the last few years, Pro and Pro Max iphone offer similar features, and battery life is the main distinguishing feature between the devices, aside from display size.
Restricting periscope zoom technology to the Pro Max can be frustrating for those who want the latest technology but don’t mind the large 6.7-inch size.
It remains to be seen if Apple will change their minds and make this lens available on other iPhones as well.
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