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Apple's iPhone 2022 lineup expected to feature periscope lens

Periscope zoom module used in the Oppo Reno
Periscope zoom module used in the Oppo Reno
Mobile cameras with periscope lens have been around for a while, and it looks like Apple will use this technology for the iPhone as well. However, nothing is official yet and this is only expected to happen in 2022. For now, it seems that the tech giant is looking for suppliers to provide the needed hardware parts.
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The Oppo Reno and Huawei P30 Pro have one thing in common that could be adopted by Apple for its 2022 iPhone lineup. Having periscope lens in a mobile phone's camera setup allows for excellent image quality, so future iPhone models might finally be capable to provide 5X or even 10X optical zoom. Obviously, the quality of the resulting shots also depends on the sensor and both hardware and software processing of the data delivered by it.

According to Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo — quoted by MacRumors — "We predict that Semco, the best Korean lens supplier, and Sunny Optical, the best Chinese lens supplier, will enter the Apple lens supply chain in 2H20 and 2021, respectively." Apple's current camera lens supplier is Genius Electronic Optical, and if Apple keeps moving forward with the periscope lens plan, this company might take a heavy blow. 

Earlier reports by the aforementioned source claimed that Apple is planning to get periscope lens from Genius Electronic Optical, but it seems like that plan has changed due to some unknown reasons. However, Apple had these plans for a while, since the company has filed for periscope lens-related patents for the first time in 2016.

Since both the Oppo Reno and Huawei P30 Pro only managed to hit 5X optical zoom by using periscope lens, it would be logical for Apple to go directly up to 10X in 2022. Do you think they'll settle for just 5X? What do you expect to get from the 2022 iPhone lineup? As usual, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-07-22 (Update: 2020-07-22)