The iPhone 15 already talks about it! More specifically, the photographic module of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which could be equipped with a new sensor to offer a more convincing zoom. A point where the competition already has an advantage.
The iPhone 14s have not been officially announced yet. We already talked about the iPhone 15. More specifically the “Pro Max” model which, according to analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo, could benefit from a breakthrough in photographic terms.
A periscope lens for the iPhone 15 Pro Max
You are not dreaming, we are already talking about the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which will logically see the light of day in 2023. The famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is not on his first try, reveals that the top model of Apple’s range (and expensive ). ) will be the only one to benefit from a periscopic lens to offer better optical zoom.
Unlike a telephoto lens, periscope lenses rely on a prism that reflects light from various other internal lenses at 90 degrees, back to the camera sensor. This technology allows for a longer focal length resulting in a better quality zoom.
As a reminder, the iPhone 13 Pro only has x3 optical zoom and x15 digital zoom. Compare, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which already has periscopic zoom, is capable of zooming x10 optically and up to x100 digitally. Recently, Sony also hit hard with its Xperia 1 IV which offers a “true” periscopic zoom that allows you to “navigate” between 85mm to 125mm for greater shooting versatility.
However, the iPhone 15 Pro Max camera lens may not be as advanced. We are talking here about a sensor with a size of 1/3” with a definition of 12 megapixels and an aperture f/2.8, for an optical zoom of up to x5 or x6.
Towards greater fragmentation in the iPhone range
As you may have guessed, not all iPhone 15s will benefit from it… If the iPhone 15 Pro Max could have this periscopic zoom from 2023, it will not be the case for the rest of the models presented this year. In fact, Kuo says that we will have to wait until 2024 and the iPhone 16 Pro to see the periscopic lens arrive in a model other than the “Pro Max”. Cheaper models would not benefit either. The iPhone 16 Pro would then have a periscope similar to that of the iPhone 15 Pro Max (is it still there?). The iPhone 16 Pro Max could logically go a little further.
It would not be the first time that Apple reserves the best technologies for its most expensive model. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max with the same photo settings are an exception today. In fact, we remember the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which was the only model to benefit from a larger sensor, with better stabilization and a x2.5 optical zoom.
The photo module shouldn’t be the only distinguishing point between upcoming iPhone models. More than insistent rumors evoke iPhone 14s that not everyone would benefit from Apple’s new A16 chip. With the cost of components rising, it seems logical that the Apple brand reserves its best technologies for the most expensive model in the range. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is being sold today from €1,259. A price that could increase for the iPhone 14 range.
Ming Chi Kuo