The long-awaited feature is expected to finally arrive on Apple’s flagship iPhone this year, but fans of smaller phones will have to wait considerably longer.
According to earlier leak by industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and a recently confirmed new report from a South Korean website, ElecApple will introduce an all-new folding zoom or “periscope” lens later this year with the upcoming iPhone 15 lineup.
Apple’s new camera, manufactured by LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics, is only expected to appear in the larger “Pro Max” model, which is expected to launch in rebranded form as the “iPhone 15 Ultra”.
This is forcing fans of the smaller iPhone Pro to either upgrade to the larger model or wait until 2024, when the camera is predicted to find its way into both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max (Ultra) models. Elec.
The new lens will offer a revolutionary zoom
Apple’s folded zoom lens can dramatically improve iPhone photo quality at higher magnifications, as has already been demonstrated on Android flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses a periscope lens design to provide “optical zoom” up to 10x. The iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max is currently limited to 3x magnification, which leaves it far behind its main rival.
However, the Apple lens will likely also have advantages at lower magnifications as it has a true optical zoom mechanism. Powered by a rotating ball guide actuator, this movable mechanism allows smooth and fast movement of the internal components of the lens, allowing the lens to physically zoom in and out. This reduces reliance on degrading digital imaging to combine the output of multiple fixed lenses.
Zoom’s performance was an area where the iPhone needed to improve for a while. It remains to be seen how much quality improvement Apple will be able to achieve with the new technology, but this year we may have a unique opportunity to find out as we can compare the performance of the iPhone 15. Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra directly.
Either way, this year promises to be a very interesting one in terms of smartphone camera launches, with Samsung’s radically different Galaxy S23 Ultra due in just a few days.
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