Apple is reportedly working on a new periscope lens design to improve optical zoom. But we’re going to have to wait a while until we see it in action.
According to renowned analyst Ming Chi Kuo, a periscope camera might join the iPhone in 2022, in a move that would make a significant improvement to the device’s optical zoom capabilities. Currently the iPhone 11 Pro has a maximum 2x optical zoom or 10x digital zoom, but a periscope lens could enhance that ability to match the 5x optical zoom of the Huawei P30 Pro, or even (with the help of some digital trickery) the 10x lossless zoom of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
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This development would certainly go some way to matching Apple’s competitors, who evidently have significantly better capabilities in this respect. But…