iPhone 14 Pro won’t have a periscope camera, but iPhone 15 reportedly will

Several iPhone 14 leaks tell the same design story for Apple’s 2022 handsets. This year, Apple will use two different notch designs. One is a traditional Face ID notch for the cheaper models. The second is a brand new approach for the iPhone 14 Pro that we’ve never seen before on any phone. Moreover, the leaked schematics seem to confirm a rumor that the primary camera on Apple’s Pro models will have a 48-megapixel sensor. But the iPhone 14 phones will reportedly not come with a periscope zoom camera, which makes 100x zoom possible on phones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Will the iPhone 14 Pro have a telephoto lens?

This year’s cheaper iPhones will reportedly be called iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. They’ll have the same display sizes as Apple’s Pro models. But they’ll lack a few of the most exciting specs from the Pro series. The list includes the faster A16 Pro processor, faster LPPDR5 RAM, support for 120Hz refresh rate, the primary 48-megapixel camera, and a telephoto lens.

The iPhone 14 phones will continue to feature a dual-camera system on the back. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get three cameras, including the telephoto lens that should deliver zoom at least as good as the iPhone 13 Pro.

But the new iPhone 14 Pro won’t have a periscope camera that will take the iPhone’s optical zoom to the next level.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is one iPhone rival that features a periscope lens. If you’ve tried it, you know that 100x zoom is still a marketing gimmick. But zoom samples indicate that Samsung has upgraded the experience significantly compared to the S20 Ultra and S21 Ultra. Samsung isn’t the first vendor to adopt periscope zoom cameras, but the principle is similar.

The periscope camera allows smartphone makers to increase camera zoom without needing a massive camera bump on the back. This works by placing the camera on the side and having it point to the left edge instead of upwards.

What you see on the back is usually a rectangular opening rather than a circle, letting light pass through. A prism bends that light, sending it through the periscope camera’s…