One of the most persistent iPhone 15 Pro Max rumors is that the telephoto lens is going to get a major overhaul. A new periscope-style design is said to be coming, and that could see the phone’s optical zoom capabilities extend far beyond the current 3x magnification.
As time goes on, it seems like that particular rumor is being reiterated more and more. Recently it was analyst Ming-Chi Kuo promising 5x-6x optical zoom. Now it’s leaker Unknownz21, who claims to have “finally received independent confirmation of this” over on Twitter.
Unknownz21 doesn’t mention how much optical zoom this new camera setup will offer, stating that there aren’t any other details to reveal at this time. However, it is just one one leaker agreeing that the upgrade is coming, which makes it all the more likely to happen. And that’s going to be of great benefit to the iPhone 15 Pro Max and future iPhone models.
iPhone 15 Pro Max: Benefits of periscope camera lens
Periscope lenses have already been employed in many premium Android phones from the likes of Samsung, Huawei, Google and others for a number of years. The main benefit being that the design allows for greater optical zoom while maintaining a slim profile.
The thing about optical zoom is that it needs space to operate, and the greater the magnification the more space is needed. So by stacking the lens horizontally, as Apple has done previously, you’re limited by the overall thickness of the phone. The periscope-style system works as the name suggests, bending light from the camera lens by 90 degrees and into a vertically-stacked telephoto lens array.
Because phones are always taller than they are thick, it means there’s better space availability — allowing phone makers to add much higher levels of magnification. It’s up to 10x in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
There have also been rumors that the iPhone 15 Pro Max could get a variable zoom camera — one with two levels of optical zoom in the same lens. Samsung is also…