Apple Adding a Periscope Lens to Higher-End iPhone 15 Models: Report

Periscope Lens

According to a new report, Apple is ramping up its supply chain to introduce a periscope lens in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max phones before expanding to wider integration across the entire iPhone 16 line.

Apple has been rumored to be working on a periscope lens for its iPhone line for some time. In July of 2021, Apple was granted a compact zoom lens patent, otherwise known as a periscope lens, that uses a set of prisms to “fold” light and compresses the amount of space needed for a telephoto lens. In August, Apple was awarded an alternative patent design for this technology.

But in September, it was revealed that Apple had come up against a problem with integrating the persicope design into its line of phones: a Samsung patent. Apple planned to source folded zoom modules for its long-standing supplier, LG InnoTek. This company procured the Samsung Electro-Mechanics ball actuators.

According to Apple Insider, the Silicon Valley giant does not want to use Samsung as a supplier because of the patent issue and has been looking into alternative supplies as a result. A new report by analyst MingChi Kuo claims that Apple’s entry into the periscope lens design will lead to a significant increase in business for other suppliers of component cameras.

Sony Xperia 1 IV
Image credits: Sony

“The complete periscope lens module includes a high-ASP 1G2P lens, two high-ASP prisms, and a lens barrel. Kuo writes in a blog post about Medium that high-ASP materials are key to boosting output value.

“Apple’s lens supplier will provide more complicated assembly services for the first time,” he continues, “so Largan and Genius are expanding their production capacity in Taichung and Xiamen to meet this order.”

Kuo says Apple is working with five suppliers to produce the persicope lens for its iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max phones as it ramps up production. That period of growth is likely why the periscope lens won’t be in the full line of iPhone 15 models, but Kuo says that will change the following year with the iPhone 16 line.

[Analysis] Apple’s camera supply chain will enter a two-year high-speed growth cycle thanks to iPhone 15’s adoption of a high-ASP periscope design / AppleXiang Ji Gong Ying Lian Jiang Yin iPhone 15Cai Yong Gao Dan Jia Qian Wang Jing She Ji Er Jin Ru Lian Xu Liang Nian Gao Su Cheng Chang Zhou Qi @mingchikuo

— Guo Ming Qi (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) July 14, 2022

Kuo is a well-known analyst whose predictions are considered to be some of the more accurate in the industry.

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Image Credits: Header image via Sony shows the periscope folded lens system of the Sony Xperia 1 Mark IV.