IPhones to Receive Periscope Telephoto Lenses in 2022, Kuo Says

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Apple plans to introduce periscope telephoto lenses to the iPhone lineup in 2022, according to a research note by TF Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, reported by 9to5Mac, AppleInsider, and MacRumeurs. Semco, a South Korean company reportedly supplying autofocus motors for this year’s new iPhone models, is said to be able to supply about half of the periscope optics supply.

Periscope cameras are a way to activate long focal lengths in devices like smartphones where physical depth is paramount. They use prisms and mirrors running the length of the device to reflect and focus light onto a sensor, rather than placing the sensor directly behind the lens like with traditional cameras. The technique has been largely pioneered in recent years by Chinese companies like Oppo and Huawei, which have both released phones with 5x “zoom” lenses, and Samsung has joined the fray this year with the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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