According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable Apple analyst, the iPhone 13 lineup, which is expected to be released in the second half of the year, will feature the same wide-angle lens as the current iPhone 12 series, with no discernible improvements to one of the three lenses on the upcoming iPhone.
Kuo claims that the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Pro will have the same 7P wide-angle lens with a 1.6 aperture as their respective iPhone 12 counterparts in an investor note obtained by MacRumors, which focuses primarily on developments and changes within Apple’s supply chain. The larger iPhone 13 Pro Max will have a 1.5 aperture wide-angle lens, which is a slight improvement over the 1.6 aperture on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Sunny Optical will be the new supplier for the 7P wide-angle lens, according to Kuo, and mass production of the camera system could begin as early as May. Looking ahead, Kuo predicts that demand for optical lenses for Apple devices will skyrocket in the coming years as a result of AR and Apple Car.
We anticipate that Sunny Optical will pass the quality verification of the 7P wide-angle lens order for iPhone 13. Because the iPhone 13 mini, 13, and 13 Pro all have the same f1.6 7P wide-angle lens (as opposed to the f1.5 7P wide-angle lens on the 13 Pro Max), Sunny Optical’s order is the most popular. Sunny Optical is expected to ship the iPhone 13’s 7P wide-angle lens to LG Innotek as early as May.
While the 2021 iPhones, according to Kuo, will not have a significantly different wide-angle lens, improvements to the ultra-wide lens are expected. According to Barclays analysts, all four iPhone 13 models will include upgraded Ultra Wide lenses with a /1.8 aperture, compared to the iPhone 12’s /2.4 aperture.
Aside from the camera lens, display analyst Ross Young predicts that the camera sensor size of both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will increase. Although Young does not specify which of the three cameras will receive a larger sensor, a larger sensor would imply larger pixels. In other words, the sensor may be able to collect more light, resulting in noticeably improved image quality.
Kuo reported earlier this month that Apple intends to include a smaller notch and larger batteries across the entire iPhone 13 lineup. According to the analyst, a ProMotion 120Hz display will be exclusive to the higher-end Pro and Pro Max models.
Previously, Kuo stated that the sensor-shift image stabilization found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max would be extended to the entire iPhone 13 lineup.