Apple won’t upgrade the seven-element primary lens assembly seen in the iPhone 12 until at least 2023, claims reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The analyst revealed this in a Friday note to investors, stating that Apple isn’t planning on upgrading the lens system for the iPhone for either of the next two big handset upgrades. The seven-element lens was introduced with the iPhone 12, featuring a wider ƒ/1.6 aperture. This results in better low-light images.
Don’t think that this will mean no innovation, however. Over the years, the camera has become a bigger and bigger part of Apple’s strategy for selling new iPhones. (Think about the “Shot on iPhone” campaign, for instance.) This year, it seems likely that the superior iPhone 12 Pro Max cameras will filter down to lower-end Apple devices. There are also rumors about an additional periscope lens which could arrive for the higher-end iPhones in 2022.
On top of this, expect to see more of Apple’s focus on computational photography. This software-based approach to photography uses tools like AI to improve the quality of camera images.
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