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Kuo: iPhone 13 Pro to boast a new autofocus ultra wide camera lens for sharper photos

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Iphone 13 Render Camera Closup (Image credit: Concept Creator)

What you need to know

  • Apple's iPhone 13 Pro will reportedly get a new ultra wide camera that's capable of autofocus.
  • The ultra wide camera used in iPhone 12 Pro is a fixed focal length.

Apple's iPhone 13 Pro will boast a new ultra wide camera lens that's capable of autofocus. That's according to a new Ming-Chi Kuo research note seen by iMore.

The research note claims that Apple's iPhone 13 Pro will benefit from the new functionality which will mean for sharper photos and improved focus when compared with those taken by iPhone 12 — the current crop of pro iPhones only have a fixed focal length ultra wide camera.

The ability to take sharper ultra wide shots will be a big benefit for iPhone 13 Pro because it will be able to capture improved images even when a subject is further away, or closer, to the camera. iPhone 12 Pro users must either deal with blurry shots or use their feet to change the dynamics of the photo.

Apple is expected to announce iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max this September, although the exact date isn't clear as yet. Apple certainly hasn't announced anything this far out, either. It looks increasingly likely that camera improvements and a new 120Hz ProMotion display will be the big differentiators this year.

In terms of 2022 and iPhone 14, Kuo expects all iPhone models to pack an autofocus ultra wide lens.

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Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.