iPhone 13 Pro may pack improved Ultra Wide camera with autofocus

iPhone 13 Pro may pack improved Ultra Wide camera with autofocus

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Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup will pack an improved Ultra Wide camera with autofocus, according to a reliable analyst. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models are expected to get the upgrade first.

Unlike the Wide and Telephoto cameras inside your iPhone, the useful Ultra Wide sensor doesn’t yet have autofocus capabilities. That means its focus is fixed and you cannot tap on a specific area to adjust it.

But according to a new research note published by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, obtained by Cult of Mac, that’s going to change later this year with iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 Pro will bring autofocus to Ultra Wide camera

Kuo says the high-end iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models will feature an improved Ultra Wide camera with autofocus capabilities. It is also expected to feature a six-element lens, up from five in current models.

That additional lens should help deliver even greater photos and videos from the Ultra Wide camera, which was already upgraded for iPhone 12 last year with the addition of Deep Fusion and Night mode.

Kuo does not expect the same upgrades for the iPhone 13 this year. However, he does predict that the Ultra Wide camera improvements will be extended to Apple’s more affordable handset in 2022.

“We predict that all four 2H22 new iPhones will support AF in their ultra-wide cameras,” the report reads. Kuo says G-Shank will be the exclusive supplier of the camera’s metal casings.

And more to come

An upgraded Ultra Wide camera could be one of many improvements for iPhone 13. Recent rumors have also promised a faster ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a smaller notch, and expanded 5G support.

Apple is likely to unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup in September or October of this year, with the new models going up for preorder soon after. It’s still unclear if we’ll see a successor to iPhone 12 mini.