Apple will put a periscopic lens with the iPhone 15 Pro, which will allow the passage to have a x10 optical zoom according to information from analyst Jeff Pu.
A better zoom and a periscopic lens for the iPhone 15 Pro
With a periscope system, light entering the telephoto lens on the back of the iPhone would be reflected from a tilted mirror toward the camera’s image sensor. The change in light direction would allow Apple to place a longer telephoto lens in the iPhone, which would allow users to zoom in further without blurring.
This is not the first time we have heard of a periscope lens for future iPhones. This rumor debuted in early 2020. Ming-Chi Kuo initially suggested availability would come with the iPhone 14 Pro. But the generally knowledgeable analyst recently changed her statement to talk about availability with the iPhone 15 Pro in 2023.
For information, the iPhone 13 Pro offer a x3 optical zoom. Switching to a x10 optical zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro is therefore a significant gain. It is good to note, however, that Apple will be lagging behind the competition. Several Android smartphone manufacturers already offer a periscope lens (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Huawei P40 Pro + in particular), just as they offer a better optical zoom than that currently offered by Apple.