This week, Particle Debris opens with an exciting change from the iPhone telephoto lens, a periscope lens system. It’s Apple’s next iPhone vision.
Apple’s next iPhone vision
• MacRumors has the story of an exciting design change for the future iPhone telephoto lens.
Analyst [Ming-Chi] Kuo estimates that Semco will supply a large percentage of new periscope telephoto lenses to Apple for the iPhone 2022.
What is a periscope camera lens? A prism or mirror behind the objective lens deflects light 90 degrees inside the housing toward the photo sensor, resulting in a much longer focal length. This is highly desirable for a telephoto lens.
Fifteen years ago, I had an Olympus point-and-shoot camera that used this technique. It’s really cool. The MacRumors article above shows a diagram and PocketNow has a great explanation. “What is a periscope camera on smartphones?“
A periscope camera takes its name from the eponymous instrument used on ships or submarines…. It basically uses a combination of mirrors or a prism to bend the light. Smartphone manufacturers have used the same concept to create periscope modules for cameras to improve their zoom range.
My only question is… what’s taking Apple so long?
Apple News debris of the week
• As we know, Softbank has IP to ARM technology. But Softbank has money problems and has sought to sell the ARM rights to Apple. But Apple refused. See ars technica story: “ARM is for sale and Nvidia is interested, Apple is not.” Why?
Apple’s situation is probably the case for most of the companies attached to ARM. ARM is so prevalent that its purchase will be a regulatory nightmare, and even the most forgiving regulators around the world must shudder at the idea of an existing ARM licensee buying ARM.
• We have heard rumors that the iPhone 12 / 5G will be delayed beyond the usual September rollout. MarketWatch refers us to a Japanese Apple blog that now thinks it will be “second half of October.“Why?”… Production delays caused by the coronavirus. ” It’s still a lot of time for vacation.
• Corning has been manufacturing “Gorilla Glass” for iPhones for many years. Now CNET is reporting on the next generation, “Gorilla Glass Victus”. Here is the link: “What the new Gorilla Glass could mean for your next Galaxy phone or iPhone.“
Its latest effort is Gorilla Glass Victus, which can survive drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet), compared to the maximum drop height of 1.6 meters for Gorilla Glass 6. It is also twice more scratch resistant.
• Tons of opinions have been written on various streaming TV services, but a good survey of real customers carries more weight. This one, reported by Cult of Mac, is not good for Apple. “Survey: Apple TV + has the lowest overall experience score of any major streaming service.“
Another question asked was “the likelihood of returning”. HBO Max won the “most likely” category followed by Netflix. Apple TV + was the last. See the included table. There is a good follow-up discussion.
• Finally, if you’ve been looking forward to Star Trek: Discovery, Season 3, here’s a good scoop. “Star Trek: Discovery Crew gives clues to Season 3, Strange New Worlds.“Plus the hugely popular Anson Mount (Capt. Christopher Pike) is… well… no spoiler here.
Particle Debris is usually a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions on one event or one or more standout articles of the week, followed by a discussion of articles that did not make the headlines of TMO, the debris of new techniques. The column is published almost every Friday, with the exception of vacation weeks.