The addition of a periscope lens in the iPhone 15 Pro has long been rumored. However, a recent rumor states that only the iPhone 15 Pro Max, not the other two iPhone 15 Pro models, would have the new 5x periscope camera.
According to the South Korean website The Elec, Apple is developing a “folding zoom” periscope camera module that will only be available on the larger of the two iPhone 15 Pro versions, the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The revelation supports the expert Ming Chi-earlier Kuo’s expectations that the periscope camera will continue to be limited to the larger of the two Pro iPhone models this year.
The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are most likely the two Pro iPhone models that will have the 5x periscope zoom camera starting in the next year, or 2024. However, only the larger one would receive the improved zoom lens this year. Now that you wonder, what exactly is a periscope lens? Therefore, a periscope lens is a device made up of several lenses and two 45-degree mirrors that reflect an image from one end of a tube to the other, enabling the viewer to see in a straight line. Smartphone periscope zoom systems employ vertically arranged arrays of lenses and sensors mounted atop 90-degree prisms.
The new “zoom actuators,” according to the source, would use a special “folded zoom” technology that transmits light to the image sensor after being bent within a prism, preventing the camera module from getting bigger.
Jahwa Electronics has created “ball-guided actuators” as an alternative to the spring actuators now used in the telephoto module of the iPhone 14 Pro. These actuators are more suited for folding zoom modules. The OIS actuators for the periscope lens are apparently being provided by LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics. Besides, starting this year, Japan Alps and Mitsumi will be in charge of the telephoto lens actuators for more iPhones with telephoto cameras.