Korean publication The Elec says that while the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be the sole iPhone model in 2023 to get a “Folded Zoom” periscope camera lens, it will become standard on both Pro models during the iPhone 16 model year.
The folded zoom actuator for the iPhone 15 series, which Apple plans to release in the second half of this year, will be supplied by two domestic companies, LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics. Japan Alps, which is an existing iPhone camera actuator partner, is expected to have difficulty supplying actuators for Apple’s folded zoom this year.
Folded Zoom is a telephoto camera module that bends light with a prism and transmits it to the image sensor, which can reduce ‘cartuck’ on the back of the smartphone. High-definition shooting is possible only when actuators move multiple lenses quickly and accurately.
The report says Apple will depend on new suppliers for the OIS actuators that will be used in the periscope lens intended for use in this year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple will rely on Korean companies LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics to supply the actuators, replacing existing iPhone camera module actuator makers Japan Alps and Mitsumi.