If you recall, in 2016, Apple was one of the first companies to use double optical zoom on its smartphone and launched the iPhone 7 Plus with this feature. However, the Cupertinos seem to be slightly behind their other competitors in this area. In early 2020, Samsung first launched the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a pre-camera equipped with 10x optical zoom, and many Android smartphones still use this type of lens.
As you probably know, Apple also plans to equip popular iPhones with periscope cameras in the near future, thanks to which they will offer 10x optical zoom. A new report from Jeff Poe confirms this, stating that the people of Cupertino intend to equip the Pro iPhone 15 models with a periscope camera and subsequently take the optical zoom capability to a new level in this family.
Periscope lenses or folding lenses usually consist of a set of prisms and mirrors that effectively increase the focal length of the camera array in a compact dimension. It is interesting to know that Samsung Electronics-Mechanics owns many patents related to this technology due to the acquisition of Corephotonix in 2019 and the possession of all its patents.
In the past, it has been claimed that Apple may use Samsung-made components to provide “telephoto folding” lenses on some iPhone 2023 models, and LG Inotech will be responsible for assembling iPhone 15 periscope cameras. Recent reports, however, suggest that Apple plans to remove Samsung from its supply chain for its 2023 clamshell module in 2023.
Apparently, Apple is planning to supply the parts separately, and it is likely that Samsung’s patents will block Apple’s plans. However, the tech giant could find a solution or buy the necessary licenses from Samsung.
Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 15, Apple will likely use a single-body or integrated camera design in the 2022 iPhones that integrates a VCM motor with its lens array. Compared to current modules that use the same components as separate components, the new design can free up the device’s interior space and increase device resistance. It also looks like the company will be using 48-megapixel sensors in the widescreen of the flagship iPhone 14 models over the years.