Rumor mills claim that Apple will introduce advanced optical zoom on 2023 iPhone by featuring a periscope lens to remove the camera bumps. As per a new report, Apple’s partner LG Innotek has won the order to provide the periscope lens for the upcoming iPhone’s new camera system.
The periscope telephoto lens is not a new technology, several smartphone models like Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Oppo Reno, Pixel 4XL, OnePlus 8 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, and others already ship with the advanced zoom feature. But, Apple is looking for a different type of periscope lens. Previously, The Elec reported that the Cupertino tech giant wants a specific folded zoom tech that does not protrude out of the rear camera module. Although Samsung owns the patents for both types of periscope lenses, Apple was looking for other suppliers to expand its supply chain and was facing a potential patents-related issue with Samsung.
Apple is ready to introduce periscope lens tech in 2023 iPhone, after resolving a patent issue with Samsung
NoteBook Check reports that that patent issue with Samsung has been resolved and now LG Innotek will manufacture the periscope lenses for 2023 iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 15.
According to ETNews, Samsung and LG’s Innotek group were in contention to supply this new type of camera to Apple.
However, it now seems the former has stepped aside as it would prefer to focus on its own devices. Accordingly, Apple is now projected to start production of iPhones augmented with LG Innotek-developed periscope lenses from 2022 to 2023. This matches up with earlier rumors suggesting the “iPhone 15” line is the one most likely to introduce such an upgrade.
Firstly tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple will introduce the advanced zoom tech in 2022 iPhone models but later pushed the launch date by a year to 2023 iPhone. Apple has been granted a patent for a ‘folded camera’ or a periscope camera system to implement advanced optical zoom functionality in future iPhone models. So, we might see the tech in the 2022 or 2023 iPhone models.
Rumors also claim that Apple is exploring the punch-hole display tech for next-generation iPhone models to remove the notch altogether, the new display is expected in iPhone 14 and iPhone SE (3rd generation).