Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro, set to be released in 2023, will feature a periscope camera lens according to a new report.

The move would be the first time Apple has used such a lens and it will reportedly allow for a 10x optical zoom, improving greatly on the current iPhone 13 Pro offering of just 3x optical zoom.

The report comes via MacRumors which cites analyst Jeff Pu as saying that 2023’s flagship iPhone will get the new camera lens. Periscope lenses are already being used by a host of Android manufacturers and they allow for much-improved zoom capabilities, as noted by MacRumors.

With a periscope system, light entering the telephoto lens on the back of the iPhone would be reflected by an angled mirror towards the camera’s image sensor. The change in direction in which the light travels would allow for Apple to fit a longer telephoto setup inside the iPhone, enabling users to zoom in further without any blurriness.

Similar reports have already been circling for a while, with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that a periscope lens could arrive as part of the iPhone 14 Pro later this year. It now seems that 2023 is more likely, assuming Pu turns out to be the accurate one. As ever, we’ll have to wait and see to be sure.

Apple is set to announce the iPhone 14 lineup in or around September 2022, while September 2023 is when we expect an iPhone 15 lineup to arrive. A new iPhone SE is also penciled in for this year depending on which reports you read.

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