In July 2022, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that the iPhone 15 Pro Max would be the only smartphone in Apple’s 2023 lineup to get a periscope camera lens and benefit from advanced optical zoom.
New Suppliers for iPhone 15 Pro Max Periscope Lens
Now, a new report suggests that the Cupertino company is planning to source the periscope lenses from LG Innotek.
According to The Elec, the OIS actuators used in the periscope lens of the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be supplied by LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics, with the two companies supplying 70% and 30%, respectively. Apple is reportedly replacing its current suppliers, Japan Alps and Mitsumi.
LG Innotek and Jahwa: Noted Names in the Industry
Both LG Innotek and Jahwa are noted names in the industry. Jahwa, in particular, has worked with Samsung Electronics and Samsung Electro-Mechanics on actuators based on ball guides. The Korean company is reportedly supplying the components for the upcoming Galaxy S23 series and the Galaxy A54.
Upgraded Camera Technology for iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple previously used spring-type actuators in the iPhone cameras. However, the company could now be replacing it with ball guide type actuators, which are more accurate and power-efficient. The new camera technology may be limited to iPhone 15 Pro Max models this year, but may be brought to both iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max next year.
iPhone 15 Series Release and Differentiation
The iPhone 15 series is expected to debut in spring this year, with rumors suggesting that Apple is planning to increase the differentiation between iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max by limiting some of the major hardware features to the higher-end model. The brand could even change the name of its top-of-the-line model to iPhone 15 Ultra.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The iPhone 15 series is expected to debut in spring this year.
LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics will be the suppliers of the OIS actuators for the iPhone 15 Pro Max periscope lens, with LG Innotek supplying 70% and Jahwa Electronics supplying 30%.
Apple previously used spring-type actuators in its iPhone cameras.
Ball guide type actuators are more accurate and power-efficient than spring-type actuators.
The new camera technology may be limited to iPhone 15 Pro Max models this year, but may be brought to both iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max next year.