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iPhone: Apple would use a periscope zoom provided by Samsung in 2022

Apple would soon integrate a periscope zoom to its iPhone. From 2022, the Cupertino company would also rely on a periscopic module provided by Samsung to improve the focal length of its smartphones. Under these conditions, the leaks suggest the arrival of a 10x zoom on future iPhones, far from the x2.5 zoom of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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This November 30, 2020, a new report from Digitimes came to discuss Apple’s plans for photography. “Apple is looking to improve the camera setup of its next devices – and the way it wants to do that is to boost the zoom capabilities of its phones” Digitimes advances, citing anonymous sources close to the industry.

Apple would bet on a 10x periscope zoom to catch up with the accumulated delay compared to the Android competition. While many Huawei and Samsung smartphones already offer 10x zoom, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the brand’s latest top-of-the-range, has to be content with a 2.5x zoom. Nevertheless, it remains one of the best smartphones on the market according to DxOMark, behind the Mate 40 Pro, P40 Pro and Mi 10 Ultra.

A 10x zoom on future iPhones? Not before 2022

Rather than producing the component in-house, Apple would bet a periscope module developed by Samsung. “Although nothing has been finalized, Apple could use a Samsung periscope lens” tempers Digitimes. Negotiations are still ongoing. Despite the tight schedule, the media outlet claims that this collaboration will be integrated into the next iPhone 13s, expected in September 2021. The system developed by Samsung relies on placing the lenses in the width of the chassis, which would prevent Apple from increasing the thickness of its iPhone.

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Always very well informed about Apple’s plans, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo contradicts Digitimes and believes that theThe first iPhones with 10x zoom will not be revealed until 2022. Rather than betting on Samsung’s technology, Apple would turn to Sunny Optical, a Chinese company that produces optical lenses, and Semco, a world leader in the construction of miniature periscope modules. The firm would look for a reduced size module so as not to have to increase the size of the rear photo unit, notes Ming-Chi Kuo. In this context, could Apple ultimately enter into a partnership with Samsung? We’ll tell you more as soon as possible. While waiting for more information, feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.

Source: 9to5Mac