The trusted analyst changes his previous prediction and says the periscope telephoto lens will arrive on iPhone 2023 models.

According to a new research note from Kuo, the iPhone 2023 (iPhone 15) models will be equipped with a periscope telephoto lens .

Kuo did not reveal further details, but for some months it has been rumored that Apple will integrate a periscope lens on future iPhone models, which would allow significant improvements in optical zoom capabilities. Previously, the analyst had said that the target would come on iPhone 2022 models.

The technology enables a significant increase in optical zoom on iPhones, well beyond the current 2x and 2.5x limits on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max respectively. The Huawei P40 Pro + smartphone, for example, features a periscope lens with optical zoom up to 10x . The latest Samsung smartphones, for example, have a 100x zoom function that Apple’s current iPhones cannot match.

In addition to the prediction on periscope lens technology coming in 2023, Kuo shared more details on the 2021 and 2022 iPhones.

As for the iPhone 13s, Kuo believes Apple will adopt a new Face ID transmitter made of plastic instead of glass, which is now possible thanks to improved coating technologies. It is unclear whether this will benefit the end user or if it will simply result in lower production costs for Apple.

The iPhone 13 Pro models, on the other hand, will also be equipped with an upgraded telephoto lens, going from a 5-element lens to a 6-element lens, with Kuo saying this is possible thanks to “design and manufacturing advantages”.

The analyst said the rear camera improvements coming to high-end iPhones in 2022 will focus on the telephoto lens, with Apple switching from a 6-element lens to a 7-element lens.

The ‌iPhone‌ 14 models are also expected to adopt a new “unibody lens design”, thanks to which Apple will be able to reduce the size of the front camera module .

A little over a week ago, Kuo revealed that the iPhone 14 models will be equipped with a punch-hole display very similar to what we find on high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

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