According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 2024 iPhone 16 Pro Max will exclusively be the only iPhone model in the lineup to receive a more expensive, updated periscope camera lens with greater zoom capabilities.
Apple to keep periscope camera lens exclusive to Pro Max iPhones until 2024 at the very least
As has been previously rumored several times, Apple this year will limit periscope lens technology to the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max, perhaps because of the space that the hardware requires. In keeping the periscope camera lens exclusive to the Pro Max models two years in a row, the Cupertino tech giant will be stepping away from its norm that often sees new features introduced as exclusives for one iPhone and then later expanded to additional iPhone models when the next lineup is introduced.
In a new tweet, Kuo revealed that the highest-end model of the 2024 flagship iPhone will be the only model to feature a periscope camera lens, contradicting the expectations of the market.
Only one/the highest-end model of the new 2H24 iPhone 16 series may have a periscope camera, not the two models of market expectation. It’s detrimental to Largan and Genius since the demand for lens upgrades will fall below expectations.
Korean publication, The Elec, recently claimed that the periscope lens system will allegedly be a feature of both iPhone 16 Pro models by 2024. It is important to note here that although Ming-Chi Kuo is a respected analyst that is well-versed in Apple product cycles, it is still relatively early on to expect rock-solid predictions about the 2024 iPhones and their specifications.
How does a periscope camera lens work?
Light entering the telephoto lens of a periscope system is directed toward the image sensor of the camera by an angled mirror. Longer “folded” telephoto setups inside phones are made possible by the change in the light’s direction, allowing users to zoom in even closer without any blur.
Apple is working with new vendors to provide the OIS actuators that will be used in the periscope lens of this year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple will rely on Korean companies LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics to supply the actuators in place of the present iPhone camera module actuator manufacturers Japan Alps and Mitsumi.
LG Innotek, Jahwa, and Samsung developed the ball-type actuators, which are better suited to folding zoom modules than the spring actuators Apple currently utilizes in its telephoto modules. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra already includes a 10x periscope telephoto camera.