Apple’s latest leaks reveal just how much pressure the iPhone 14 is already under

The iPhone 14 is expected to feature some exciting new hardware, but the very big upgrade won’t arrive until 2023 according to a new report.

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The news comes from industry analyst Jeff Pu, who claims that the 2023 iPhone 15 flagships will come with an all-new 5x telephoto periscope lens.

The periscopic or “folded” telephoto lens would give the iPhone 15 Pro a much-needed optical zoom boost, building on the digital zoom enhancements that are expected to appear in this year’s iPhone 14 Pro, and closing the gap of performance between iPhones and the best Android flagships in this field.

Periscopic lenses give the smartphone higher levels of magnification than usual while maintaining a slim profile. This is achieved by using mirrors or prisms to direct incoming light laterally into the body of the smartphone rather than running back and forth.

While a 5x zoom is a clear upgrade to the current iPhone 13 Pro’s 3x optical zoom capability, it won’t be without its challenges. The gap between the standard ‘1x’ zoom and the new 5x lens will be much wider as a result, and this gap must be filled either by a digital zoom or by an additional intermediate lens.

Fortunately, Apple’s new 48-megapixel primary camera, which is set to debut in the iPhone 14 Pro, will hopefully help make that happen.

The new lens material should see the light of day, according to 9to5Mac, following an agreement between Apple and Chinese company Lante Optics, information that corroborates an earlier research note by Ming-Chi Kuo, which leaked earlier this year.

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