High-end iPhone camera lens won’t get a major upgrade in 2021 or 2022

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iPhone 12 Pro Max review: The industrial design will leave you breathless.
iPhone got a big camera lens upgrade last year. But don't expect another this year.
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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.

iPhone 12 lens-maker denies reports of camera problems

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The iPhone 12's had 99 problems. But camera lens may not be one.
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Yujingguang, a.k.a Genius Electronic Optical, has denied that there are problems with the iPhone 12 camera lenses.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that some of the coatings for the wide-angle lens produced by the company had cracked during a high-pressure, high-humidity stress test by Apple.

However, Genius maintains that its production is running without issues. It also said that demand from its “brand handset clients” (which reportedly include Apple) remain normal.

iPhone 12 Pro could support 4K video shooting at 240fps

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This iPhone 12 concept reflects all the latest rumors.
The iPhone 12's camera setup could be monster.
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The top-end iPhone 12 Pro could support 4K at 120fps and 4K at 240fps video recording modes, claims a new video from Filip Koroy of EverythingApplePro. If accurate, this would be massive step up from the current iPhone 11 Pro, which offers 240fps in 1080p.

Koroy reportedly found evidence of the new high resolution, slow-mo format in the iOS 14 beta code. Whether this is accurate remains to be seen. If it is, it would be far above what is available in other smartphone models right now. It would also make it likely that Apple will sell a shedload of high storage handsets this year — or way more iCloud subscriptions.

No pet detection on iPhone SE Portrait Mode? These apps will help

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iPhone SE pet photos: With Halide Camera and Spectre, you can bokeh everyone in your household, human or otherwise.
Now you can bokeh everyone in your household, human or otherwise.
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The iPhone SE does a great job of taking the body of the iPhone 8 and infusing it with some of iPhone 11’s cutting-edge tech. But not every feature carried across to Apple’s new budget phone. For instance, the iPhone SE lacks the ability to take Portrait photos of pets.

That’s somewhat confusing, since iPhone SE’s Portrait mode works impressively. Fortunately, updates to a pair of highly rated apps will let iPhone SE owners take Portrait photos of nonhumans for just a few bucks.

Yes, you can still take photo bursts with iPhone 11. Here’s how.

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Any one of these balloons could burst at any time.
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Before the iPhone 11, holding down the shutter button in the camera app would capture a burst of photos. That was great for capturing action, or for making sure you get a group photo where everyone has their eyes open (and is grimace-free). But press and hold the shutter on the iPhone 11, and you get a QuickTake video.

Fortunately, burst mode is still there. It’s just hidden behind a secret gesture.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S20 images reveal giant four-lens camera bump

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No notch to see here.
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Samsung is ready to one-up the iPhone 11 Pro camera system by adding four lenses to the back of its next flagship smartphone.

Leaked images surfaced online this weekend giving a full view of the upcoming Galaxy S20 (yes, you read that right, Samsung is skipping ahead a few numbers). Samsung is set to unveil the S20 during a live-streamed keynote next. We’ve seen a couple of renders of the S20 leading up to the event, but this is these are the first real images of the iPhone’s next big rival.

Take a look at this huge camera bump:

iPhone 11 Pro eliminated in first round of blind camera test

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Yes, it got just 30% of the votes.
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iPhone 11 packs Apple’s most impressive cameras to date. They’re some of the best available in any phone today. So you might be surprised to find they were just eliminated in round one of a blind camera test.

A photo taken on iPhone 11 Pro secured just 30% of the votes when up against a snap from the OnePlus 7T Pro — a handset that costs $400 less.

Which buttons should Apple bring back next?

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Buttons. Who doesn't love them? What buttons should Apple add to its products going forward?
Buttons. Who doesn't love them?
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It may have nothing to do with Jony Ive leaving the company, but Apple has been adding buttons back to its devices. It’s a slow start, but hopefully it’s the beginning of a trend. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro added an Escape key, and a separate power button (you can press the Touch ID button). Plus, the recently introduced iPhone 11 battery case added a dedicated camera button.

After what seems like decades of removing useful hardware features, is Apple finally seeing the error of its ways? And, if so, what buttons would we like to see next? Let’s take a look at the current lay of the land.

Vertical panoramas are the iPhone camera’s hidden jewel

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It's not a vertical panorama, but at least if fits at the top of this post.
It's not a vertical panorama, but at least if fits at the top of this post.
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Panoramas are those super-wide, letterboxed strips of photos that look spectacular, and that are impossible to fit into Instagram. Maybe you already shoot a lot of panoramas, and maybe you even use the pano camera to create amazing glitch photos.

But did you consider that panoramas don’t have to be super-wide? They don’t even have to be horizontal. Let’s take a look at vertical panoramas — the iPhone photographer’s surprisingly great secret weapon.