The iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to have a much-improved zoom capability when compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max thanks to an improved camera system.
While the iPhone currently maxes out at 3x optical zoom that’s expected to be improved to as much as 6x when the iPhone 15 Pro Max arrives, although the feature will be limited to that model. Owners of the iPhone 15 Pro will still have to make do with 3x, unfortunately.
That’s because it’s the iPhone 15 Pro Max that is expected to benefit from Apple’s first periscope camera. That’s a camera design that uses prisms to bounce light in such a way that it can elongate the distance from camera lens to sensor. That distance helps improve zoom, but it also normally requires that phones be made thicker.
By bouncing the light 90 degrees phones can remain thin and use the internal dimensions of their chassis to create the distance required for improved zoom. That’s what other phone makers like Samsung already do to achieve their own high-zoom cameras.
It isn’t immediately clear why Apple isn’t doing this on the iPhone 15 Pro, but it’s possibly simply down to the fact that the iPhone 15 Pro Max has more internal space due to the larger display size.
The iPhone 15 lineup, including the iPhone 15 Pro Max, is expected to be announced during an event in September.
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