This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

One of the most competitive factors in high-end smartphones these days is the camera, and iPhone is no exception, and rumors have been circulating about this year's flagship iPhone 12(tentative) series.

Here's a new report on the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 2022 model from an analyst with insider knowledge of Apple.

According to MacRumors, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report detailing the trends of component suppliers for Apple in the next few years. First of all, it states that in the second half of 2020 (iPhone 12) and 2021, South Korea's Semco (Samsung Electric) and China's Sunny Optical will enter the lens supply chain. These two companies have been hailed as "the best lens suppliers".

Apple tends to diversify its supply chain, avoiding the need for a single company to be the exclusive supplier of certain components. This is seen as a way to increase competition, reduce costs, and avoid letting suppliers dictate prices.

But while it's out of our interest as consumers to know where they'll be sourcing from, it's the technology Semco is offering that's worth noting: according to Kuo, the iPhone 12 will feature a six-element lens and ball-type VCM (voice coil motor) technology, the latter of which will be used for autofocus and image stabilization. It replaces the spring-loaded motors in the iPhone 11 generation and iPad, which are made by Semco to improve performance.

In addition, Semco will supply the majority of its periscope telephoto lenses for the iPhone 2022 model, according to the the report. Periscope cameras, or flexed optics cameras, are a technology that enables high-magnification zoom in thin devices like smartphones by bending the optical axis with a lens or mirror. A prior example is already being used in Huawei's P30 Pro, which offers a 5x optical zoom.

In March of this year, Kuo predicted that the new technology would improve the image stabilization capabilities of the iPhone 12 Pro Max (tentative name for a high-end large model) and that at least one iPhone 2022 model would feature a periscope camera. Apple also received a patent for a "folded telephoto camera lens system" as early as 2016, which suggests that they may have been considering periscoping from early on.

While users have already priced in that the camera's performance will improve every year, we can expect new features to be included that we haven't seen yet. Maybe we'll see another photo contest like the "Shot on iPhone Night Mode Challenge".


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