Apple plans to rearrange the rear camera module layout for the iPhone 15 Pro Max
Previously, there were reports claiming that the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max would exclusively feature a periscope-style zoom lens, achieving an unprecedented optical zoom of up to six times. This highly anticipated upgrade is expected to command a premium price for the new flagship model. However, the addition of new hardware necessitates more internal space, prompting even the largest iPhone 15 Pro Max to make certain compromises.
According to Wccftech, Apple plans to rearrange the rear camera module layout for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. In the current iPhone 14 Pro Max, when held horizontally, the side button is positioned at the top, the telephoto lens is situated closest to the device’s upper corner, and the ultra-wide lens is positioned between the flash and the LiDAR sensor. In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will move the ultra-wide lens to the corner of the module, while the telephoto lens will be placed between the flash and the LiDAR sensor. It is understood that Apple made this change to accommodate more internal space for the complex folding optical components within the zoom system. While the iPhone 15 Pro Max may not appear significantly different on the surface, there have been substantial changes to its internal hardware structure compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
To some extent, this also explains why the periscope-style zoom lens is only equipped on the iPhone 15 Pro Max and not on the smaller iPhone 15 Pro. Apple hopes to find improved methods for component placement in the coming year, allowing for further adjustments to the internal design. As a result, the periscope-style zoom lens will not only be featured in the iPhone 16 Pro Max but will also be equipped in the iPhone 16 Pro.