Cameras with 10x optical zoom in smartphones from Samsung, Huawei, and other Android’s are no longer news. But in Apple’s world, only the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 have limited zoom i.e 2x and 2.5x respectively. The fact that the backward and limited iPhones compete on equal terms with the constructively more advanced Apple models is not justifiable. The iPhone clearly lags in this area, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Rumors about the success of the original design of the periscope camera appeared on the internet two years ago. Apple was supposed to bring the Periscopic cameras on the iPhone in 2022, then it postponed its release to 2023. But these were only rumors, albeit from the best sources. These rumors were documented on July 13 thanks to a patent. Rumor has it that the multiple optical zoom camera will arrive on the iPhone in 2022.
Apple Got a Patent for Periscope Camera
The documentary evidence is a patent granted to Apple on July 13th. Titled “Foldable Camera”. It describes the original design of the periscope camera. Apple receives thousands of patents a year, most of them never end up in real Apple’s products. This patent could easily be one of them. If not, for several circumstances, it would not even be worth mentioning. Two years ago, in early January 2019, Ming-Chi Kuo announced that periscope cameras will come to the iPhone in 2022.
Ming has excellent sources of information. He was most likely able to intercept the communications between Apple and an enterprise in Southeast Asia regarding the organization of the production of “folding cameras”. Apple got the patent on Tuesday which it had filed for on January 31, 2019. It has completed the development of the folding camera and has begun working with suppliers and contractors. Apple has also filed a patent application protecting Apple’s rights to its design. Apple’s lag in this area is obvious and unbearable. 10x optical zoom was supposed to appear back in the iPhone 7/7 Plus in 2016.