Earlier this year, several reports suggested that Apple was working on major front camera upgrades for the iPhone 14. Now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has corroborated those rumors with new details about the vendors that Apple has chosen for the selfie camera components, which will get their biggest upgrade in years with the iPhone 14.
As the analyst shared in a blog post and also on TwitterApple has now defined its suppliers for the new front camera of the iPhone 14.
Some of them are already Apple partners, like Sony – which will continue to supply the camera sensors for the new iPhone. The lenses will be supplied by Genius and Largan, while the new focus module comes from Alps and Luxshare.
However, when it comes to the front camera module, Apple will have Cowell and, for the first time, South Korean company LG Innotek as partners. The partnership between Apple and LG Innotek was previously reported last month after the Cupertino-based company excluded components from Chinese camera makers due to quality issues.
According to Kuo’s report, the iPhone 14 will be Apple’s biggest smartphone front-facing camera upgrade in years. The analyst predicts that the new camera will feature autofocus, which should result in significantly better quality for capturing photos and videos compared to the current fixed-focus camera .
Other improvements include a six-part lens, compared to the existing five-part lens. The iPhone 14’s front camera is also expected to have a larger f/1.9 aperture. For comparison, the iPhone’s front camera remains much the same since the iPhone 11, when Apple introduced a new 12-megapixel lens with an f/2.2 aperture.
More camera upgrades coming to iPhone 14 Pro
While the selfie camera improvements should be available for the entire iPhone 14 lineup, some of the upgrades will be limited to the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro models. Previous reports have revealed that this year’s Pro models will get a new wide camera with a 48-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 8K resolution video.
Unfortunately, the entry-level iPhone 14 models would retain the same set of rear cameras with wide and ultra-wide lenses of 12 megapixels each. Of course, that doesn’t mean that other aspects of these lenses won’t be upgraded.
The iPhone 14 will be available in four different versions, with two regular models and two Pro models. The mini-sized iPhone is expected to be discontinued and will make way for a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, while the Pro models will retain the same size as the current generation, but this time with a new display design that remove the notch. .
9to5Mac also heard from sources that some of the new iPhones will stay with the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, while others (presumably the iPhone 14 Pro models) will get the new A16 chip.
Apple is expected to announce the new iPhones in September.
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