The iPhone 14 hasn’t even been announced yet, there are already rumors about the successor. An Apple analyst is certain that the iPhone 15 will only use a special camera – and even that will only be available on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Analyst: iPhone 15 Pro Max with periscope camera

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So far, some optimists still assumed that the upcoming iPhone 14 with a Periscope Camera will be equipped. Now the Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo has spoken out and denied these rumours. None of the iPhone 14 models should get the special camera, he says. Only a year later, when the iPhone 15 appears, can the prism lens be expected.

But according to Kuo, the iPhone 15 also has a limitation: Only the most expensive model should have a periscope camera. The iPhone 15 Pro Max gets them, everyone else doesn’t. With the iPhone 15 Pro, a regular telephoto lens would be used for the optical zoom. This is said to be able to enlarge images by a factor of six.

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Periscope cameras are based on a prism that reflects incoming light onto multiple internal lenses that are at 90 degrees to the camera sensor. As a result, the length of the lens is much greater than that of a telephoto lens, resulting in a noticeably better optical zoom leads.

A look at the iPhone 13 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra from Samsung makes it clear how big the difference is. Apple’s smartphone offers three times optical magnification with its telephoto lens, while Samsung’s periscope camera allows a tenfold optical zoom.

Periscope camera on iPhone 16 Pro

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Analyst Kuo takes his forecast a step further, claiming that while the periscope camera will initially be reserved for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, it will be in unchanged form a year later on the iPhone 16 Pro is used (source: Ming-Chi Kuo at Medium).