Apple plans a major camera upgrade in 2022. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will feature a 48-megapixel lens on that year’s flagship phones.
In a note to investors on Wednesday, Kuo predicts Apple top “iPhone 14” models with a 1 / 1.3 aperture 48 Megapixel CMOS image sensor for the wide angle camera module.
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Apple first focused on wide-angle camera technology. In the following years, it switched to telephoto and ultra-wide angle systems.
The new camera upgrade is also expected to support hybrid operating modes to maximize the pixel size of the sensor and take advantage of hardware light-gathering capabilities.
“We believe the new 2H22 iPhone can support 48 megapixel output directly and 12 megapixel output simultaneously,” said Kuo.
Kuo also said: “With an output of 12 megapixels, the CIS pixel size of the new 2H22 iPhone increases to 2.5 μm, close to the DSC level, which is significantly larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 and larger than the current one. Android phones. made his statement.
Kuo states that with a resolution of 48 Megapixels, the pixel size is approximately 1.25 µm. For reference, Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 will have a 2 um pixel sensor this year, while the iPhone 12’s pixels operate at 1.7 um.
The high-resolution sensor is expected to support 8K video recording, which is higher than the iPhone’s current 4K limit. While frame rates are not listed in the resulting report, Kuo believes the new sensor will benefit augmented reality devices.
Kuo also announced that the current supplier Sony will produce the sensor and LG will work on a compact camera module (CCM).
Apple is expected to pay more per camera module with the transition to 48 Megapixels. At the same time, in addition to tilt control, CCM calibration is expected to be more complex than current iPhone models due to the larger surface area of the sensor.
As is known, the iPhone 12 Pro was the first device to use sensor shift stabilization in the wide-angle module.
Kuo suggests that Apple the iPhone mini line will stop in 2022 and will only offer 6.1 and 6.7 inch variants of the base model and the “Pro” line.
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