Update: A new analyst report claims that the iPhone 15 Pro will indeed get a periscope lens camera. However it'll reportedly only offer 5x optical zoom, which puts Apple at a further disadvantage compared to the likes of Samsung.
The latest comes from analyst Jeff Pu, as reported by MacRumors (opens in new tab). According to Pu, who's executive director and managing director for tech research at both GF Securities and Haitong International Securities Group respectively, the iPhone 15 will launch with a 10x optical zoom periscope lens. Pu did not confirm if this would be limited to the Pro model or if it would come to all models.
According to Apple Track (opens in new tab), a website that documents the consistency of Apple leakers, it gave Pu a 62.5% accuracy rating out of 13 rumors. Pu currently has a limited track record when compared to those like Bloomberg's Mark Gurman or analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Speaking of Ming-Chi Kuo, he predicted in March of last year that the iPhone 15 could launch with a periscope lens as well.
A periscope lens, like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, stacks glass horizontally rather than vertically. Using an angled mirror, it can cram in additional zoom lenses without increasing the thickness of the phone as glass runs vertical with the device. We tested the 10x optical zoom on the S21 Ultra and it left us impressed.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is tipped to offer a similar pair of 3x and 10x optical zoom lenses but this time the main 108MP main camera could get a new detail enhancement mode.
While it's still incredibly early, information regarding the iPhone 15 continues to pop up. Another recent rumor, this time from Brazilian website Blog Do iPhone, claims that the iPhone 15 could ditch sim cards entirely.
Periscope lenses became slightly more common on Android flagships last year. Apart from the S21 Ultra, we saw this type of zoom tech also reach Huawei's P40 Pro Plus and the Pixel 6 Pro. Likely, periscope lenses will become more common with 2022 Android flagships as well.