Apple would have chosen its supplier for periscope telephoto lenses


We all know Apple likes to take things slow when implementing new features on its phones. One of the best examples of this statement is the displays that iPhones have these days, which feature OLED technology and can hit a refresh rate of 120Hz.

But today’s news has nothing to do with the iPhone display, but rather with the iPhone camera system. For the past few years, Apple has been criticized for not including a more capable telephoto lens in its high-end phones. Specifically, a telephoto lens capable of zooming more than just 3x, as is the case on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

Well, the good news is that Apple has finally found a periscope telephoto lens parts supplier. The report comes from The electwhich says the company allegedly chosen by the Cupertino-based company is South Korea-based Jahwa Electronics.

What is a periscope camera?

A periscope camera is a camera with a periscope lens. But what is a periscope lens? Well, to put it simply, it’s a set of mirrors specifically angled to achieve a longer focal length without taking up too much space.

A periscope lens allows a small device like your phone to get more optical zoom from its camera system, without the need for protrusions or additional third-party hardware. It does this by redirecting light so it can travel farther before hitting the image sensor.

A good example of this is the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which has the ability to go up to 10x optical zoom thanks to its periscope camera. The first consumer phone to feature one is believed to be Huawei’s P30 Pro, released in 2019, although OPPO was likely the first company to unveil the technology at Mobile World Congress in 2017.

Apple is preparing its first periscope camera

Jahwa is a manufacturer of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) actuators. Currently, this is also where Samsung is getting the OIS components for its flagship Galaxy S22 series. However, Apple reportedly visited one of Jahwa’s factories in South Korea in the first half of 2021, further supporting the possibility of Apple being its next big customer.
On Wednesday, Jahwa announced that it was spending the equivalent of approximately $155 million to build OIS actuator manufacturing plants. The size of this spending plan will last until March of next year. In other words, Jahwa will likely start supplying Apple with OIS actuators in the second quarter of 2023. Apple typically requires its suppliers to build dedicated production lines just for its products, so new installations underway construction by Jahwa Electronics are likely going to be reserved solely for the Cupertino-based tech giant.
Another report from Apple obviously points to Apple securing Jahwa’s ball guide actuators. It’s the same type of component that Samsung uses in its flagship products. Currently, Apple uses spring-loaded actuators in its latest iPhone models, which are not considered ideal, with the alternative option capable of housing more lenses and larger image sensors.

When will we see an iPhone with a periscope camera?

Previously, analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that 2022 would be the year we finally see a periscope zoom telephoto lens on iPhone Pro models.

Now, however, Kuo and another famous analyst by the name of Jeff Pu claim that will happen in 2023 with the iPhone 15 Pro models. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait any longer than that.


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