The iPhone 15 Pro may not get a new periscope lens
One of the biggest new features of next year’s iPhone launch, a periscope camera lens, will apparently not be available on the flagship iPhone 15 Pro in 2023.
We’ve heard strong reports that Apple is working on a periscope lens for the iPhone class of 2023 (note: not the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup), which will let you get much closer to your subject.
However, a new post from analyst Ming Chi-Kuo claims that only the iPhone 15 Pro max will receive the periscope lens treatment. This is taken from Kuo’s supply chain sources, so while it falls short of official confirmation, it’s also likely to be a lot more than just gossip.
Apple’s camera supply chain will enter a two-year high-speed growth cycle thanks to the iPhone 15’s adoption of a high-ASP periscope design. mingchikuo https://t.co/CfUiUe7JQH
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) July 14, 2022
After posting the above tweet, Kuo issued the important warning that only the iPhone 15 Pro Max would be making a jump to 2023. In fact, if you’re looking for a compact iPhone with improved zoom capability, Kuo says you’ll have to wait until late. from 2024 and the iPhone 16 Pro.
Kuo also provides additional technical information on the periscope zoom system itself, which will apparently be the same for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max. It will be a 1/3″ 12MP sensor with an f/2.8 aperture, sensor-shift support, and a 5–6x optical zoom range.
Apple has received praise in recent years for improving the offering between the Pro and Pro Max models. Deciding between the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max is a simple choice of what screen size you like on your phone, as well as battery life considerations.
It looks like next year’s model will at least force Pro fans to make a big trade-off with their £1,000 phone.
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