Possibly delayed iPhone 12 will boast ‘high-end’ camera array

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The new iPhone will boast a new 'high-end' camera, says reliable Apple analyst.
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The makers of the “high-end” camera lens arrays used in the iPhone 12 will reportedly start shipping them in mid-July, says reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a research note published Friday.

Kuo doesn’t deal exactly what these new lenses consist of. However, he has previously suggested that the iPhone 12 will feature seven-element lenses that will offer superior image quality to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro due to increased light transmission rate.

The report is interesting for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it suggests that the camera on the iPhone 12 is likely to get an upgrade over last year’s model. (This is almost certainly going to be further bolstered by software-based improvements.) The next-gen iPhone 12 Pro is also expected to come with a rear-facing LiDAR sensor in its camera array.

Secondly, Kuo’s new report says that Largan Precision, the company making the camera lens array, is shipping 4-6 weeks later than last year’s production window. AppleInsider says that peak iPhone lens shipments will take place between September and November. In previous years, it took place between August and October.

When can we expect the iPhone 12?

This doesn’t provide an exact launch date for the iPhone 12. But it does chime with reports saying that the iPhone 12 could launch slightly later than usual. A recent report claimed that Apple has been working extra hard to reduce the coronavirus-induced production delay as much as possible. At one point, the iPhone 12 could have been pushed back as far as early 2021. However, some of that delay has now been clawed back.

Apple is expected to launch for different iPhones this year. The basic iPhone 12 models will 5.4- and 6.1-inch handsets. Meanwhile, the iPhone Pro models will come in 6.1- and 6.7-inch sizes. They will also boast an iPad Pro-style redesign, 5nm A-series chip, 5G connectivity, and more.

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