In the past two years, smartphones have almost reached the peak of the times in terms of performance and screen. Various manufacturers have focused on the imaging system and introduced a multi-camera system to achieve a wider range of use scenarios and stronger imaging effects through different lens combinations. At present, it can be described as a gathering of talents in the Android camp, with super-outsole sensors and 100 million or even 200 million ultra-high pixels. Even the periscope telephoto lens has become the standard configuration of mainstream flagships, and can achieve a long-distance shooting effect of more than 100 times.
But Apple has remained indifferent to this, with 12 million pixels unchanged for years.
However, the news said that Apple is not trying to make progress, but is exploring more mature solutions, and now it may have solved some of the problems.
It is reported that Apple will equip the iPhone with a periscope lens in 2023.
In fact, Apple will launch an iPhone with a periscope lens next year, but because Samsung’s patent problems in this technology hinder Apple’s plan, Apple needs to bypass some Samsung patents or pay a license fee to equip it.
It is worth mentioning that some time ago, Apple has obtained a related patent authorization for periscope lens, which shows that this patent named “Folded Camera” has been approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
This patent can integrate a camera module composed of multiple lenses into a mobile device, thereby bringing better imaging effects.
The camera module contains two prism-like light folding elements and an independent lens system located between the two light folding elements.
The lens system can be moved independently of the light folding element to provide autofocus and optical image stabilization.
In addition, the shape, material, and arrangement of the refractive lens elements in the lens group can be selected, while providing a long enough back focal length to fit the second prism to bring high-resolution and high-quality images.
According to the news, this technology may bring 10-100x zoom capability to the iPhone, and long-distance shooting camera will compete head-on with Android.