- Apple is expected to unveil the new range of iPhones in September this year
- Customers can also expect a premium price tag to accompany the new Pro Max variant
- Brands like Samsung and Google already offer optical zoom cameras on their respective flagships
We’ve encountered rumours of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max gaining a powerful periscope camera for improved optical zoom. This is an area where the current-gen iPhones lack compared to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Pixel 7 Pro. MacRumors is now offering more details on this new periscope camera that would debut with the premium Pro Max trim of the iPhone this year.
A sketch of the said sensor published by MacRumors details a slightly curved or bent lens, which allows the camera to cover a greater distance. Using this technology, Apple will finally be able to provide up to 6x optical zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max this year.
It’s worth pointing out that noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously predicted the addition of a 5-6x optical zoom sensor on the 2023 flagship iPhone. However, the MacRumors report adds more credence to these past claims.
Kuo has also speculated that the all-new periscope lens might remain exclusive to the Pro Max models, at least for the next few iterations. With this new hardware change in tow, we expect the iPhone 15 Pro Max to cost significantly more this year.
Apple iPhone 15 rumoured launch date
While we’re only getting bits and pieces of information on the next-gen iPhones, we do have a fair idea of when they will arrive. In customary fashion, the Cupertino-based manufacturer will reveal the new range of iPhones in September, with availability commencing the same month, depending on the market.
There were reports initially of an iPhone 15 Ultra model being in the works. But it remains to be seen if Apple will release it this year or postpone it to 2024.