Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expected that the periscope lens, set to launch later this year with the iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra model, will also be exclusive to the high-end iPhone 16 in 2024. According to the analyst, “the market” expected Apple to extend periscope lenses to more iPhone models alongside the Pro Max/Ultra phones, but Kuo’s latest poll suggests otherwise.
Only one of the high-end models of the new 2H24 iPhone 16 series may have a periscope camera, not the two models of the market expectation. It’s detrimental to Largan and Genius as demand for lens upgrades will fall short of expectations.
The analyst reiterates that only the high-end model of the new iPhone 15 model 2H23, which could be called 15 Pro Max or Ultra, will adopt the periscope camera. “The market expected that adding periscope cameras to more iPhone models would drive demand for lens upgrades in 2023-2024, but my latest survey shows that only one/latest new iPhone 16 model in WH24 will have the periscope camera will have, not the two models the market expected.”
While plans may change between now and next year, it’s interesting that Apple will once again differentiate the Pro from the Pro Max versions.
Additionally, the iPhone 16 series is expected to add Face ID below the display, as the dynamic island would shrink to a full-hole cutout rather than the pill-shape cutout we currently have.
According to the Korean version of the electr“In the iPhone 16 Pro range, when the screen is on, the Face ID hole is not visible under the bezel and only the lens hole for the front camera is visible, adding to the sense of immersion.”
Apple is expected to successively introduce an underpanel camera (UPC) after putting the underpanel Face ID on the front of the iPhone. UPC also has a front camera module mounted under the display, and when the camera function is not used, the camera lens hole is not visible and the display function is supported. The application principle of Underpanel Face ID and UPC is the same.
For the iPhone 15 series, all models are expected to feature the same design as the Dynamic Island, although only the higher-end models will feature ProMotion and Always-On Display.