Apple has only just gotten all of its iPhone 12 handsets out the door but attention is already turning to the world of iPhone 13. We don’t expect the iPhone 13 lineup to ship until this time next year, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is already sharing what he expects the new handsets to offer.
In a research note seen by MacRumors, Kup says that the iPhone 13 lineup will all come in the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 models. But the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will gain improved cameras compared to this year’s models.
According to Kuo, the iPhone 13 will come in the same four model sizes as this year’s iPhone 12, but with some major improvements to the camera technology. Specifically, Kuo says the Ultra Wide cameras on the two high-end models will be significantly upgraded to f/1.8, 6P (six-element lens) with autofocus. All the current iPhone 12 models are equipped with f/2.4, 5P (five-element lens) Ultra Wide cameras with fixed focus.
There doesn’t appear to be any mention of the other features we’ve seen rumored for next year’s models, especially the return of Touch ID.
Kuo does mention that the iPhone 14, launching in 2022, will include yet better Ultra Wide cameras.
Looking further ahead, Kuo says he also expects all the new 2022 iPhones (tentatively called the iPhone 14 series) to be equipped with the same improved Ultra Wide camera with f/1.8, 6P and autofocus. Kuo states that Largan is likely to become the major supplier of voice coil motors (VCM) for the improved Ultra Wide cameras. It is expected that Largan will obtain about 70% of the VCM orders for the iPhone 13 under the advantages of vertical integration of lens production and VCM, versus 50% of the iPhone 12 series’ Ultra Wide angle lens.
As we already know, Apple’s plans can change in plenty of ways before anything is announced. That is most definitely the case in terms of the 2022 devices. With that in mind we’d suggest taking all of this with a pinch of salt – at least until we get a little bit closer to the time.
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