Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max will be the only model with a periscope lens camera, says a leaker. The exclusive feature will likely drive many customers to purchase the most expensive model.
The periscope lens camera system would allow light entering the telephoto lens on the back of the iPhone to be reflected by an angled mirror towards the camera’s image sensor. That would allow Apple to fit a longer telephoto setup inside the iPhone, allowing users to zoom in closer without any blurriness.
In a Monday tweet, leaker @URedditor says they have “finally received independent confirmation” that the periscope lens will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The leaker then followed-up adding “No other details can be released at this time.” However, the leaker also responded to a question from a follower asking if the camera layout will have changed, by replying “Not really.”
Rumors like this have been circulating since early 2020, with reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also mentioning the possibility. Kuo initially claimed that a periscope lens would be a feature on the iPhone 14 Pro, but it now appears that we’ll have to wait until the iPhone 15 Pro’s 2023 release.
If the iPhone does gain a periscope camera system, it will join a growing list of Android smartphones with periscope lenses, including Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra and Huawei’s P40 Pro+.
Previously, we saw reports suggesting Largan Precision would be the sole supplier of the periscope lens system. However, industry sources cited by DigiTimes now claim that Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO) will be brought on as an additional supplier of the module.