According to the latest rumours, the possibility of an iPhone 14 periscope telephoto camera is fading away. However, if you’re willing to wait a year for the iPhone 15, you may finally be able to get the zoom power you’ve been looking for.
According to The Elec, Apple is believed to have reached an agreement with a new component supplier to provide periscope camera components for the iPhone 15 and beyond. The optical image stabilisation (OIS) actuator, the part of the camera that keeps the lens steady to limit image and video shaking, has been announced by the Korean company Jahwa Electronics as a $155 million investment in opening new facilities.
It’s a strong possibility, according to The Elec, that this investment is being made for iPhone components, based on the fact that Apple visited the company last year, the size of the investment, and Apple’s usual insistence on exclusive facilities for its components.
Jahwa’s OIS components can be found on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 series. However, Apple already uses OIS on its main cameras, so if it is placing a large order for more actuators, then something big must be changing, which leads us to the persistent rumour of Apple working on a periscope telephoto camera for the iPhone.
For the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the telephoto cameras feature 3x optical zoom, which is already standard on both devices. As an example, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 10x periscope telephoto camera allows for increased magnification.
A year-long process is expected to complete this, according to the rumour mill (March 2023, according to The Elec). There is no chance that the iPhone 14 will benefit from these new components, but the iPhone 15 is definitely in the running for that honour. Based on the other supply chain partners Apple appears to be acquiring, we’ve heard from multiple analysts that Apple’s first periscope telephoto camera will be on the 2023 iPhone. In contrast to the S22 Ultra, the zoom magnification may reach a maximum of 5x only in this case.
In the meantime, we can look forward to the iPhone 14 series, which will be released later this year. The introduction of a 48MP main camera sensor for the Pro models is expected to be the most significant change this time around, with other updates including a pill and punch-hole notch for the two Pro models, as well as the possibility of emergency satellite connectivity.
In the fall, we’ll learn more about the new iPhone’s features, as well as what’s been left out thus far. You can keep up to date on all the latest rumours and leaks by visiting our iPhone 14 hub and the phone’s Pro hub.