Apple’s “iPhone 14” will use a 48-megapixel camera, and the “iPhone 15” will benefit from better optical zoom with a periscope lens, says Ming-Chi Kuo.
The iPhone’s camera is a major marketing pitch for Apple, but while the focus has been on computer photography and low-light improvements, the resolution has remained fairly static on the part. If this is true, it looks like Apple could take a huge leap in the resolution of the next model.
According to a note from TF Securities seen by AppleinsiderAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the iPhone 14’s camera will have a 48-megapixel sensor. The change, Kuo predicts, will help improve the finances of Taiwan-based camera components supplier Largan Precision.
This isn’t Kuo’s first prediction of a 48-megapixel sensor, as an April note indicated that a sensor would be on its way in 2022. The large 1 / 1.3-inch sensor, used for the wide-angle imaging, would potentially provide hybrid mode operation, ushering in 8K video recordings.
However, this does not specifically mean that all photos taken by an iPhone will be 48 megapixels. The camera should also use pixel clustering to improve color accuracy and low-light performance, with four discrete pixels being used for each pixel generated in a low-light photo.
The end result, if true, will always be 12 megapixel photos for low light photos and up to 48 megapixels for brightly lit subjects.
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 camera already uses this technique.
Periscope camera in the iPhone 15
While resolution is one improvement, another could affect zoom as well. Kuo predicts that a periscope or bent lens arrangement could be used in an iPhone debuting in 2023.
Folded lenses use a complex arrangement of prisms and mirrors to create a longer path for light to pass through lens components, allowing optical zooms with wider ranges than conventional arrangements. Apple holds several patents on related lens systems, so the company is known to be looking into the area.
Again, this is something Kuo has mentioned before. Originally said in March 2020, Kuo also brought up the idea on several occasions, most notably in July 2020 and March 2021.
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