Apple is reportedly updating its iPhone 15 lineup with a periscope zoom next year, making it the first iPhone series to use such a sensor. To make that possible, the tech giant will need to partner with a big vendor, which it is reportedly doing right now.
A South Korean company could soon build new production lines to manufacture sensors that Apple will use for a periscope camera system in the 2023 iPhones, which will be called iPhone 15 for now. According to a report, Apple may have reached an agreement with this company. Once Apple approves the factory, production could start next year.
According to information from our Korean colleagues The Elec, Apple’s new partner would be none other than Jahwa Electronics. The company would plan to spend 191 billion won (143 million euros) to build factories to produce new periscopic sensors equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) by 2023.
iPhone 15 will use periscope zoom, unlike iPhone 14
Unfortunately for Apple fans, it will therefore probably be necessary to wait for the iPhone 15 before seeing the American giant opt for a periscope in its smartphones. Apple would therefore still be behind its main competitors at Android next year, since these offer for most high-end smartphones with 5X or 10X optical zoom.
For its part, the iPhone 14 Pro Max should always be satisfied with the 2.5X optical zoom of its telephoto lens. Although no change is made to the zoom of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, Apple smartphones should still benefit from a major change to their main lens. Indeed, it would go from 12 MP to 48 MP. This is a major advancement for the iPhone, which will not only allow it to offer shots with more detail, but also to be able to film in 8K, a first for Apple.
Finally, we know that Apple is actively working on camera technology under the screen, but this will not be adopted in its smartphones before the iPhone 16 in 2024. The sensors necessary for Face ID will therefore always be clearly visible in top of the screen for at least 2 years.
Source: The Elec