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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is believed to have struck a deal with a new supplier of telephoto lens components for a periscope camera system in future iPhones, reports The Elec.

On Wednesday, South Korean firm Jahwa Electronics said it plans to spend 191 billion won ($155 million) on building plants to produce new optical image stabilization (OIS) actuators.

According to an earlier report by The Elec, Apple visited Jahwa Electronics' new facilities during the first half of 2021, and it is "likely" that the investment is being made so that Jahwa can begin supplying Apple with OIS actuators from next year.

Apple usually asks suppliers to build production lines exclusively for its own parts and components, but the new facilities set to be built in Gumi would require Apple's approval once they're finished, and the whole process would take a year from now to conclude.

The OIS actuators, which combine OIS and autofocus functions in one, are likely to be for telephoto cameras in 2023 iPhones. The Elec previously linked the components to a periscope camera system, allowing for increased optical zoom.

Rumors about the iPhone getting a periscope lens have been circulating since early 2020, with reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the first to mention the possibility. Kuo initially said that a periscope lens would be an iPhone 14 Pro feature, but now says he expects the lens type to arrive with the iPhone 15 Pro, a prediction that analyst Jeff Pu has also made.

In a periscope system, light entering the telephoto lens is reflected by an angled mirror towards the camera's image sensor. The change in direction in which the light travels allows for a longer "folded" telephoto setup inside phones, enabling users to zoom in further without any blurriness.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Finds Periscope Telephoto Lens Supplier for 2023 iPhones


macrumors member
Oct 12, 2011
They should find a different use for that lens apart from 100x zoom. The minuscule number of times anyone needed that kinda zoom does not justify the investment.
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Jul 12, 2016
They should find a different use for that lens apart from 100x zoom.
What use cases are you suggesting? The distanced zoom is a massive advantage for for those that want a higher clarity photo of areas that they wouldn’t be able to obtain up close otherwise.

The minuscule number of times anyone needed that kinda zoom does not justify the investment.
‘Investment’ aside from what? That makes no sense. Please elaborate.


macrumors 603
Jun 26, 2009
long island NY
I don't care bout gigapixels.
I don't care bout zoom
I don't care about tele
I don't care about 25 lenses

If it was me camera bumps would never been a thing in the 1st place.
Wouldn’t this potentially allow for one camera again instead of 3 and thus reduce the bump?


macrumors member
Apr 4, 2022
Interesting. I hope that a periscope lens would mean that we could do away with the dedicated tele lens and instead push sensor size a bit more.


Jul 12, 2016
but the 13 was already a S year
If you own a 13 Pro, The 14 probably won’t be anything major this year for those in that category. The Periscope lens is a considerable feature that will draw loads of media attention, given its advantage for distanced photo taking.
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macrumors regular
Aug 9, 2021
I mean I guess it’s okay that changes year over year don’t warrant a new purchase every year. I guess not that many people do that anyways. But two years usually compound into quite the upgrade. And even if it probably wouldn’t be so interesting for me, a real telephoto would make quite the splash indeed.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 4, 2016
Only on here.

I mean, like 99% of consumers are using cases, so the bump is negated and it’s a non-issue.
But the new cases even has a bump.. I got the cases for my 6+ and 7+. But now when I have a 13PM I see that the cases even has a slight bump. ?
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