Apple plans unibody and periscope camera lenses in 2022-23

Apple plans to introduce a unibody rear lens design and periscope arrays in future iPhone models.

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That’s according to trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who, in a note to investors published by AppleInsider, predicted changes to Apple’s camera settings on smartphone models for 2022 and 2023.

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As outlined in Kuo’s prediction, next year’s iPhone will adopt a unibody design that integrates the camera’s moving coil motor with the entire lens array. This is different from the design of current models, which separate these elements, and such a change could help save internal space and offer greater durability.

The prominent insider also suggested that Apple will look to convert more devices to a 7P telephoto array, moving away from the 6P stack currently used in some models.

Basically, this allows the wide angle module to increase light pickup and decrease the likelihood of chromatic aberration.

That’s not all the fun Kuo predicted either. In iPhone 2023, the analyst details how Apple will implement a periscope telephoto lens for the first time.

These lenses are generally made up of prisms and mirrors that work to extend the focal lens of a lens array and can be used to direct light onto a phone’s sensor.

There’s even a thought for the 2021 iPhone lineup, with Kuo stating that Apple will tweak the optics and move from glass to plastic cover materials for Face ID.

Of course, since most of these tips from Kuo are related to iPhone devices that won’t be launching anytime soon, it’s important to take them with a grain of salt.

While they may be an indication of Apple’s current plans for its camera settings, things can change very quickly; Only time will tell when or if Apple decides to go ahead with these unibody and periscope changes.

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