iPhone Photography

Periscope aka folded lens: What it is, how it works and why it’ll boost iPhone photography

A scene from Apple's showing Selena Gomez posing for a selfie with her iPhone 6s camera with a bunch of reporters in the background photographing her

A dedicated telephoto lens (aka zoom lens) found on some iPhones boosts iPhone photography with optical zoom capabilities. Future iPhones are rumored to allow for even deeper zoom by adopting a periscope lens (or foldable lens as it's sometimes referred to). At its core, this technology diverts light through a prism and into a telephoto lens set at a ninety-degree angle to a rear-facing lens and buried deep inside the chassis.

iOS 15.2 beta 2 adds a Macro mode toggle in the iPhone 13 Pro’s Camera app

A still image taken from Apple's iPhone 13 Pro introduction video on YouTube, showing a closeup of the three cameras on the back.

With the launch of iOS 15 and the iPhone 13 Pro, which includes support for macro photography, Apple made a bold decision. That was automatic switching, which could be pretty aggressive sometimes. That meant that some users were unable to avoid automatically switching to Macro mode for snapping a photo, even when they didn't want it. The good news, Apple was quick to fix it with the wide launch of iOS 15.1.

The best iPhone camera and photography tips

Photography tips for iPhone Grid Photo

You may not be a complete novice when it comes to capturing photos with your iPhone camera. But you may not be an expert either. If you fall somewhere in between and want to take your photos to the next level, we have some terrific tips for iPhone photography.

How to control your iPhone Camera with Apple Watch

As you may have noticed, there’s no camera on your Apple Watch. After all, where would the lens go? But if you own an Apple Watch, you can use it to control the Camera on your iPhone.

With what’s called the Camera Remote app on your Watch, you can get your iPhone camera set up to snap the shot. Then use the app to capture a single photo or burst, use the timer, change between the front and rear-facing camera, and more, here’s how.