A new rumor once again indicates that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max will exclusively feature an upgraded Telephoto lens featuring periscope technology. In a tweet today, leaker @URedditor said they have finally independently confirmed this information.
Last month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated his claim that the iPhone 15 Pro Max periscope lens will enable up to 5x-6x optical zoom when shooting photos with the rear camera, compared to up to 3x on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Optical zoom does not have any blurriness when zooming in, as digital zoom does.
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.
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.
Apple will unveil the iPhone 15 Pro Max in September, alongside the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro.