According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi, the 2024 iPhone 16 Pro Max (Ultra if Apple has to change the iPhone naming scheme) will be a high-end upgraded periscope with new zoom capabilities next year. Kuo remains the only iPhone model to get a camera.
As previously rumored several times, Apple plans to limit the periscope lens tech to the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max this year. This is probably due to the space required by the hardware. By keeping the periscope lens exclusive to the iPhone 16 Pro Max, Apple breaks the tradition of often introducing new features as exclusive to one iPhone and then extending them to additional iPhone models as next-generation devices are released. can do.
As previously predicted, the top-of-the-line iPhone 15 models (either 15 Pro Max or 15 Ultra) on 2H23 will adopt a periscope camera. , expected demand for lens upgrades to rise in 2024. — Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) January 31, 2023
Kuo’s information contradicts recent reports. Elecsays the “Folded Zoom” periscope lens will be available on both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max next year.
With a periscope lens, an angled mirror reflects light onto the camera’s image sensor. The directional shift enables a “folding” telephoto lens system, improving the blur-free optical zoom capability associated with digital zoom.
Periscope lens technology is already being used by Apple competitors such as Samsung, and the “iPhone 15” Pro Max could feature up to 6x optical zoom, an improvement over the current 3x optical zoom on the iPhone 14 Pro model. It has been.
Over the past few years, the Pro and Pro Max iPhones have offered similar features, but aside from display size, battery life has become the main feature between the devices. Limiting periscope zoom technology to the Pro Max can be frustrating for those who want the latest technology but he doesn’t mind the large 6.7-inch size.
Rumor has it that Apple is adding even more features to the larger 6.7-inch “iPhone 15” and “Pro Max,” so it could instead be called the “iPhone 15” Ultra, similar to the Apple Watch Ultra. I have.