In his latest note to investors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated that iPhone 14 Pro will feature a 48-megapixel camera, while the iPhone 15 will feature a periscope lens for improved optical zoom.
Earlier last year, Kuo had said that 2022 iPhones will offer 8k video and 48-megapixel camera and that the line-up will not feature an iPhone mini model. 8K video recording has not been a part of any iPhone model to date but is commonly available on flagship Android smartphones.
48MP camera rumored again for iPhone 14 Pro
Just a few days ago, analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong International Securities had said that iPhone 14 Pro models will feature an upgraded rear camera system with 48-megapixel Wide lens and 12-megapixel Ultra Wide and Telephoto lenses. He had also said that the new iPhone 14 Pro models will feature 8GB RAM, which should help with 8K video recording too.
It was previously rumored that iPhone 13 might be the one where Apple would bump up the camera pixels, or even include a periscope lens, however, it was not to be. Kuo had previously said that iPhone 14 would have a periscope lens, but now Kuo says that at least one iPhone 15 model will feature a periscope lens.
A periscope lens improves optical zoom considerably by using folded optics, which allow light to be folded after it hits the camera sensor. This allows for improved optical zoom in relatively less space. Periscope lens has become common in flagship smartphones from competitors like Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi.
Considering that Apple ensured that both iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max variants have the same camera system, we would assume that the periscope lens will also be available on both models. The periscope lens could allow at least 10x optical zoom on the 2023 iPhone models.