iPhone 15 Pro Max could provide 5–6x optical zoom by periscope lens
High-end smartphone cameras are becoming one of their key selling points. Today, a flagship can succeed or fail based on its camera. Perhaps this explains why that particular department sees a lot of significant advancements year over year.
Apple is attempting to implement a periscope lens as another significant upgrade after giving the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max the 48MP treatment. The iPhone 15 Pro Max will have a “periscope lens,” allowing for “up to double the optical zoom,” according to a recent MacRumors article.
The primary factor making the addition of a periscope lens so significant to mobile photography enthusiasts is that this innovation lengthens the path that light takes within the camera module, enabling a greater optical zoom.
The iPhone’s current maximum is set at 3x for reference. In light of this, MacRumors anticipates the iPhone 15 Pro Max to have “5–6x optical zoom.” Unfortunately, it does not appear that the (very) prominent camera bump will be less noticeable on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The upward trend might continue since most leaks indicate that the camera module will increase in size once more.
The periscope lens will distinguish the iPhone 15 Pro Max from its smaller brother, the iPhone 15 Pro, and the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. This might indicate Apple’s ongoing, methodical efforts to distinguish the Pro from the Pro Max further and turn the latter into an iPhone Ultra.
Although we no longer anticipate an iPhone 15 Ultra this year, most rumors suggest that the periscope will continue to only be available on the 6.7″ high-end iPhone for the foreseeable future. In conclusion, a camera-focused iPhone 16 Ultra may be on the horizon.