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Apple may use components made by Samsung for a "folded" telephoto lens on at least some iPhone models released in 2022, allowing for significantly increased optical zoom, according to unnamed sources cited by Korean website The Elec.

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The report claims that Samsung's Electro-Mechanics subsidiary would supply components such as actuators and lenses to LG, which in turn would use the components to manufacture the folded camera module to supply to Apple. This move would supposedly prevent Apple from hurting its relationship with LG, and address issues related to patents.

The possibility of a folded or "periscope" lens on 2022 iPhones was first mentioned by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March, and there have been several rumors since. The technology would allow for significantly increased optical zoom on iPhones, well beyond the current 2x and 2.5x limits on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, respectively. Huawei's P40 Pro+ smartphone, for example, features a periscope lens with up to 10x optical zoom.

With folded camera optics, light absorbed by the image sensor is bent or "folded," allowing for increased optical zoom and improved image quality while maintaining a compact lens design appropriate for smartphones. Earlier this year, we shared a more detailed overview of what a periscope lens could mean for future iPhones.

Article Link: Rumors Persist of 2022 iPhones With Periscope Lens, Could Allow Up to 10x Zoom Without Blurriness
 

MacLoveMacHate

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How much extra space does this take up in the phones that have it? Any hope for it to make it to the non-max version?
Excited for Apple to add a decent zoom range (starting at zoomed out/wide doesn't equal 5x), but yeah hoping this isn't limited to the max at the launch
 
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phenste

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Don’t go sharing these rumors and making me second-guess my tentative 12PM purchase (which I desperately need on account of a green-striped XS Max) 😂

(I live in the middle of nowhere. Lots of fun little creatures and bits of nature to capture, and every improvement on optical zoom is a great upgrade for me.)
 
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Pretty amazing stuff. There *still* isn't any true substitute for sensor size (ultimately you have to have the light, so at least in theory, a purpose-built camera will always be potentially better), but it's crazy that the cameras in our phones are now so good that they are suited to task for all but the most demanding of purposes. A good optical zoom will fill in one big remaining gap.
 
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The Game 161

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Improved zoom is the only thing the iPhone cameras really don’t have that the comp does. They are amazing in all other areas so while better zoom isn’t a massive deal to have 10x would be impressive.

lets face it they would only be a year behind if they add this in 2022. S21 ultra is only just adding this for 2021. I imagine they would add this for the pro max only.
 
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Just sayin...

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A periscope sounds like something that I’d accidentally break off my iPhone the first week of ownership. And yes, I know it’s all internal to the phone, but still...
 
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Don’t go sharing these rumors and making me second-guess my tentative 12PM purchase (which I desperately need on account of a green-striped XS Max) 😂

(I live in the middle of nowhere. Lots of fun little creatures and bits of nature to capture, and every improvement on optical zoom is a great upgrade for me.)
Who needs a periscope?
 
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