Finally, a long-awaited feature is expected to come to Apple’s flagship iPhone this year, but fans of smaller phones will have to wait a lot longer.

According to a previous leak by industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and recently corroborated by a new report from the South Korean site, the electricApple will introduce a new folded zoom lens or ‘periscope’ later this year in the upcoming iPhone 15 range.

Made by LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics, Apple’s new camera is expected to appear only on the larger ‘Pro Max’ model, which will launch in a rebranded form as the ‘iPhone 15 Ultra’.

This leaves fans of the smaller iPhone Pro forced to move up to the larger model or wait until 2024, when the camera is expected to hit the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max (Ultra) models, according to the electric.

The new lens will offer an innovative zoom

Apple’s folded zoom lens would offer the potential to dramatically improve iPhone photo quality at higher magnifications, as has already been demonstrated on Android flagships such as Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses a lens design periscopic to offer an “optical zoom” of up to 10x. The iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max is currently limited to 3x, leaving it far behind its arch-rival.

However, Apple’s lens is likely to provide benefits at lower magnifications as well, as it’s tipped to feature a true optical zoom mechanism. Driven by a rolling “ball guide” actuator, this movement mechanism allows the internal components of the lens to move smoothly and quickly, allowing the lens to be physically zoomed in and out. This reduces the reliance on quality-reducing digital image processing to merge the output of multiple fixed lenses.

Zoom performance has been an area where the iPhone needed improvement for a while. It remains to be seen how much quality increase Apple will be able to achieve with the new technology, but this year could provide us with a unique opportunity to find out as we will be able to compare the performance of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra directly.

Either way, this year is going to be very interesting in terms of smartphone camera launches, with Samsung radically different Galaxy S23 Ultra will arrive in a few days.

Follow, continue @paul_monckton On Instagram

MORE FROM FORBESSamsung’s massive Galaxy S23 Ultra update suddenly makes senseMORE FROM FORBESSamsung leaks major Galaxy S23 Ultra update as pre-orders go live

By admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *