Don't expect an iPhone camera lens upgrade next year, says Kuo

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What you need to know

  • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is not expected to make any significant upgrades to the iPhone's camera lens next year.
  • Previous reports state this year's iPhone 13 will see the camera from the iPhone 12 Pro Max rolled out to all of Apple's lineup, including the iPhone 13 mini.

A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo states that the iPhone 13 might be the most significant camera upgrade to iPhone for a while, as Apple is not expected to make significant upgrades to its lens in 2022.

In a note seen by iMore, Kuo made the revelation, predicting that Apple will not make any "significant upgrade of the iPhone lens in 2022." The insight comes in the context of a pricing battle between iPhone camera suppliers. Kuo states that supplier Yujingguang, also known as Genius Electronic Optical, should be viewed conservatively because of revenue overestimates and fierce price competition from rivals.

Apple's iPhone 13, which is expected to debut in the normal window later this year, is rumored to be getting the iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera sensors rolled out across the entire lineup, including the regular iPhone 13 and 13 mini. The two lower-spec phones will still have a dual-camera configuration, but packing the beefier lens from Apple's current 12 Pro Max.

From the report:

As Ross notes, the lower-end iPhone 13 models will get the good camera from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and sensor size will increase on the iPhone 13 Pro-lineup.

A report in November of 2020 claimed that Apple might be looking for suppliers to put folded "periscope" cameras in its iPhones. A horizontal lens layout could reduce the camera's form factor, getting rid of the bump, or boost the optical zoom without having to increase the thickness of a device.

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2 Comments
  • Just to clarify, is this article talking about the lenses or the hardware as well because an article from 2nd October 2020 on Twitter by Ross Young showed that the micro-meter per pixel will increase both on the normal iPhones (1.4pm > 1.7pm; like the 12 Pro Max) and the Pro version (1.7pm > 1..9pm) Article: https://www.tomsguide.com/news/iphone-13-camera-upgrades-leaked-and-now-...
    Twiiter: https://twitter.com/DSCCRoss/status/1312013153547452418/photo/1
  • The lens is not the problem. What is DESPERATELY needed is a camera upgrade. Apple has been using the same 12MP camera since the 6s Plus. That is 5 years. Frankly, the pics from my 12 Pro Max are embarrassing. They are the same as pics from my 8 Plus. Which are the same as the 6s Plus I used to have. Five years ago. Apple needs to get serious about cameras. Everything else has been upgraded MANY TIMES since the 6s Plus. Screen, CPU, storage, RAM, networking, Bluetooth. Why are we still stuck with 5 year old cameras?