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Apple Plans to Put Periscope Lens on iPhones in 2023: Reports

By Susshmita Choubey - 
11th Mar 2021
Periscope Lens

Apple iPhone models in 2023 will come with a “periscope telephoto lens”. It comes from a research note shared by TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, popular Android smartphone makers Huawei and Samsung already offer periscope-shaped lenses on their flagship phones. Apple hasn’t yet adopted the technology on the iPhone.

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Furthermore, a periscope lens substantially improves the zoom capabilities of a smartphone. The construction of the periscope-shaped lens enables better optical zooming — without increasing the camera bump. According to the research note, the launch timeline for the same can be in the 2023 iPhone lineup. Although he speculated that it can be in the 2022 lineup.

Leaks on Apple’s Periscope Lens

Moreover, at that time, he also mentioned that Apple could partner with South Korean Semco and China’s Sunny Optical for developing the periscope lenses. Other companies are using periscope lenses on their smartphones to offer hybrid zoom. Samsung even offers as much as 100x Space Zoom technology on its Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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In addition, Kuo’s latest note reportedly mentions some speculations about the 2021 and 2022 iPhone lineups. He predicts that Apple would adopt a new Face ID transmitter for the 2021 iPhone models, apart from the periscope lens. It would feature a plastic material instead of glass. It can be possible thanks to improvisation in coating technologies that didn’t exist originally when Face ID launched in 2017.

Kuo speculates that there can be improvisations in rear cameras as well as a new “unibody lens design” for the selfie camera. The latter is likely to help Apple reduce the size of the front camera module. Additionally, Kuo had last week said that the 2022 iPhone model could also finally ditch the notch in favor of a hole-punch front panel design.


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