The iPhone may have a periscope lens next year. This was previously reported by well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, Apple itself is hinting at the introduction of such a lens in branded smartphones. Just recently, the company received a patent that describes an unusual camera module. In its design, two prisms are used at once.
Judging by the available images, Apple engineers suggest using a couple of prisms in the camera of the new iPhones. They will refract light and direct it to the photosensor. Several lenses should be placed between the prisms.
It should be noted that this idea is not new. Some smartphone manufacturers are already using periscope lenses in their devices. In this way, engineers solve the problem of insufficient thickness. Without a special refractive lens, it would simply not have been possible to build a telephoto lens into a smartphone.
Apple company specialists just went further and instead of one lens they suggest using two. This will further reduce the size of the module. According to some reports, Apple’s patented design will allow you to add a 10x optical zoom to the iPhone.
It should be understood that the registration of a patent is not a 100% guarantee that the described development will appear in serial devices. However, given that network sources talk about such innovations, the likelihood of a periscope lens appearing in the iPhone is quite high.