iPhone 12 Tipped To Receive Periscope Lens
Apple has reportedly filed two new patents suggesting future iPhones may utilise a ‘periscope-lens’ design to produce better optical zoom photos, minus the camera bump.
First reported by TechRadar, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two patents with the first being a “folded lens system with five refractive lenses” and the second patent filed a lens with “three refractive lenses.”
This horizontal stacking of lenses has been previously featured in Huawei’s P30 Pro, which managed to achieve 5x telephoto lens by stacking lenses lengthwise and using a mirror to angle the shot from the phones back.
The goal of horizontal lens stacking is to achieve higher optical magnification which is far superior to digital zoom, while also more efficiently using the limited space inside the phone itself.
Whether or not the new patents make their way to the next iPhone is unclear; however, it is clear that Apple is looking to remove some of the annoyances in the iPhone design, from the notch to the camera bump.