The periscope camera lens that will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be solely supplied by Taiwan-based Largan, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Periscope lenses allow for greater optical zoom by bouncing light inside the phone off a mirror before passing it through another smaller lens which can be moved closer and further away from the sensor, amplifying the light even more.
Kuo says the average selling price for Largan’s shipped periscope camera lenses is around US$4 (including the prisms). He thinks the $4 price means Largan cannot profit from the periscope camera lens.
The iPhone 15 line-up will probably debut in September or October. Here’s a round-up of some of the other rumors about them:
° The volume controls on the side of the iPhone 15 Pro may be a single unified rocker button.
° Pro models may pack 8GB of RAM.
° Only the highest-end model will sport a periscope lens. (That would be the iPhone 15 Pro Max.)
° The iPhone 15’s volume button and power button will adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 and 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design.
° The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro’s USB-C port and accompanying charging cables will feature a Lightning-like authenticator chip, potentially limiting their functionality with accessories that aren’t Apple-approved.
° The iPhone 15 models will sport support for faster charging speeds when used with MFi-certifiated USB-chargers.
° The iPhone 15 Pro will be offered in a “stunning new dark red color option.”
° iPhone 15 Pro models will have improved LiDAR scanners that offer better battery life and improved performance.
° The iPhone 15 Pro Max will be thicker than its precedessor despite having a slightly reduced height and width, but it could offer a less protrusive camera rear array.
° The standard iPhone 15 models may lack support for ProMotion and an always-on display.
° The iPhone 15 Pro models will see a price increase due to several rumored hardware upgrades.
° The proximity sensor on the iPhone 15 series will be integrated inside the Dynamic Island area, instead of located beneath it.
° The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will use a new ultra-low energy microprocessor allowing certain features like the new capacitive solid-state buttons to remain functional even when the handset is powered off or the battery has run out.