Apple will switch some of its suppliers for the front camera module of its iPhone 14. This module should benefit from a larger aperture and, above all, from the autofocus.
Always well informed, the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has just shared new elements about the future Apple iPhone 14, in particular the front camera:
Analysis: Winner of iPhone 14’s front camera upgrade to AF (autofocus) @mingchikuo https://t.co/USPnSfWFDO
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) June 13, 2022
The analyst predicts the introduction of autofocus in the front camera, which will improve the picture quality of selfies and videos in contrast to the fixed focus technology used previously. The autofocus uses a moving coil motor (Voice Coil Motor or VCM in English) and the camera benefits from six optical elements instead of the current five, which in theory should improve the optical quality of the whole. In addition, the aperture should increase from f/2.2, a value that has not changed since the iPhone 11, to f/1.9. This change lets in more light and could come in handy when the lighting isn’t enough.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is keeping certain partners for the design of its front camera, for example Sony, but will also consult other manufacturers and assemblers:
- CIS sensor: Sony
- Lenses: Genius and Largan
- Auto focus motor: Alps and Luxshare ICT
- Compact camera module: LG Innotek and Cowell
This is the first time that South Korean company LG Innotek has collaborated with Apple in this area. Apple reportedly favored this manufacturer over Chinese companies due to quality issues.
A new sensor for the iPhone 14 Pro
If this technological evolution of the front camera module were to affect all iPhone 14, the Pro and Pro Max models should benefit from a new sensor for their main rear module, with an increase from 12 megapixels to 48 megapixels. iPhones have had 12-megapixel sensors since the 2015 6s model, plus the rear optical block would be 25-35% wider and 5-10% thicker. As a result, the 14 Pro models should be thicker on the rear camera modules than the current iPhone 13 Pros.