What you need to know
- Apple is looking for suppliers of folded cameras.
- The technology could enable better optical zoom and get rid of the camera bulge found on the back of the iPhone.
Reported by Korea IT News, Apple is apparently searching for suppliers to bring "folded cameras" to the iPhone in an attempt to improve optical zoom on the phone. A folded camera refracts light like a periscope with the lenses and sensors placed horizontally instead of vertically.
The main benefit of folded camera technology is that it could enable higher optical zoom levels without having to increase the thickness of the iPhone or iPad.
Such technology could be used on more than just the zoom lens as, if the technology was good enough, it could get rid of the camera bulge that currently affects almost every smartphone on the market.
According to the report, Apple may have to partner with a company like Samsung in order to implement a folded camera as Samsung holds many of the patents surrounding the technology.
It is unclear, if Apple does need to look to Samsung to supply the cameras, if the company will do so or refuse to keep a competitive edge in the area.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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