Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhone models later this year: iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max. All four models will get a new design, but the screen sizes will remain the same for now. At the same time, only the 15 Pro Max model is rumored to get a periscope lens for better optical zoom. But according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the regular iPhone 16 Pro will also get a periscope lens in 2024.
iPhone 16 Pro with periscope lens
Rumors about the iPhone 15 lineup suggest that only the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max will get a periscope lens on its rear camera. The periscope lens relies on a prism that reflects light into multiple internal lenses at 90 degrees to the camera sensor. This allows a lens length that is longer than a telephoto lens, resulting in better optical zoom.
It’s not certain whether Apple will try to match the 10x zoom of the Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra or if the company opts for a 6x lens as some analysts suggest. In any case, it seems almost “confirmed” at this point that this technology will be exclusive to the 15 Pro Max model.
But analysts Ming-Chi Kuo said on Tuesday that Apple already plans to put the periscope lens on the smaller Pro model as well. This will not happen with the iPhone 15 Pro, but with the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024. Kuo has heard from sources familiar with Apple’s supply chain that the iPhone 16 Pro will get a slightly larger display. This will allow the company to fit the periscope lens on both models, not just the Pro Max.
Currently, the iPhone 14 Pro has a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display. While the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to stick with the same screen size, we don’t know what the new screen sizes will be for the iPhone 16 lineup. Kuo believes Cowell will be the main periscope supplier camera for iPhone 16.
Apple’s mixed reality headset
On the same note, Kuo reiterated rumors about Apple’s mixed reality headset. While the first generation is expected to be announced next month at WWDC 2023, the company is already working on the second generation of the device. The analyst reiterated that there will be a high-end and a low-end, more affordable version, as the first headset is expected to cost $3,000.
Since Apple will have two and not just one headset available on the market in 2025, Kuo believes that the second-generation models will sell 10 times more than the first generations.