Kuo: only the iPhone 15 Pro Max is getting a periscope lens

Tamsin Rodriguez14 July 2022Last Update : 1 month ago
Kuo: only the iPhone 15 Pro Max is getting a periscope lens

Apple may have had one of the first modern smartphones with a telephoto lens, but it will be one of the last to take a camera in periscope style. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has refined some of the claims about Apple’s first periscope – it’s coming next year, but only for the iPhone 15 Pro Max (in other words, the smaller iPhone 15 Pro will stick to a classic telephoto lens).

Kuo says the periscope will have 6x magnification and a 12MP 1/3 ”sensor with sensor shift stabilization. Earlier rumors claimed 5x magnification, but it is possible that the final figure has not been established (the iPhone 15 series is over a year away). 6x is double the magnification of the iPhone 13 Pro duo, which has 3x lenses.

There is a precedent for the largest iPhone to get the best camera hardware, the latest being the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which was the only one with a 2.5x magnifying lens and the only one with a larger sensor in the main camera.

iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro max use a 77 mm telephoto lens (3x magnification over 26 mm main lens)

Periscope modules naturally take up more space than an ordinary telephoto lens, and the small iPhone Pro is not that big – current expectations are that it will last for a 6.1 ”screen. No Android phones in this size class (not that there are many) have a periscope, manufacturers tend to reserve them for their best and biggest phones.

Still, Kuo predicts that Apple will make it work and that by 2024 both iPhone 16 Pro models will have a periscope. The company has been working on an unusual design with two prisms, as seen in patent applications.

Later this year comes the iPhone 14 series. The Pro models – and only the professionals – are expected to be upgraded to a 48MP main camera, while the vanilla models stick to 12MP. The front-facing camera also needs to be upgraded (autofocus).


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