What you need to know
- Apple is rumored to be working on a new periscope lens configuration for the 2023 iPhone.
- Periscope lenses allow for increased levels of zoom by changing the way the lens and sensor are positioned.
- Previous rumors had suggested a periscope lens could come to iPhone 14, but that now seems unlikely.
A second analyst has backed up claims by Ming-Chi Kuo that the 2023 iPhone will sport a periscope lens. While some had initially thought that this year's iPhone 14 could get the new camera system, it now looks increasingly likely that it'll be iPhone 15 instead.
Kuo said last month that the 2023 iPhone would use a periscope lens and now analyst Jeff Pu is saying much the same. According to a MacRumors report citing Pu, we can expect up to a 10x optical zoom based on similar camera configurations used by the likes of Samsung and Huawei. It remains to be seen just how far Apple will push beyond the current best iPhone offering — a paltry 3x on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Periscope cameras work by allowing sensors to be mounted differently from traditional ones, creating a larger distance between lens and sensor which in turn allows for improved zoom capabilities that wouldn't normally be possible without making the iPhone thicker. That seems unlikely to be something Apple would want to do, hence the shift to a periscope system.
If all goes according to plan we can expect Apple to announce the iPhone 14 lineup this September, possibly with its own new 48-megapixel camera. Beyond that, September 2023 seems a good bet for the arrival of iPhone 15.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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Every Apple site keeps saying this is happening for the iPhone 15 but it makes no sense. All the reports state that the new facility (for building the lenses for Apple) will be up and running "by 2023" (most likely mid to late 2023) and that's only if there are no delays. (Hello Covid!) If the plant to produce the things is going online in 2023 then the lenses will be going in the *next* year's iPhone obvs. This is 100% an iPhone 16 thing, not an iPhone 15 thing. The next two years of iPhones will be boring nothing years where we spend the whole time arguing about the stupid pill & punch deal. You heard it here first. :-)
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