The iPhone in 2022 will have a 48MP camera
The iPhone in 2022 will have a 48MP camera

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to carry out a major upgrade to the iPhone camera in 2022, as this year's flagship is expected to come with a 48MP lens.

In a report released to investors on Wednesday, Guo Ming expects the flagship iPhone 14 to use a 48-inch 1 / 1.3-inch CMOS image sensor with a 1.25μm wide-angle lens.

The company typically focused on wide-angle lenses first. In recent years, this feature has been applied to telephoto and ultra-wide angle lenses.

Interestingly, the sensor can support mixed operating modes to increase pixel size and take advantage of the device's light harvesting capabilities.

Kuo said: We believe that the iPhone, scheduled for release in the second half of 2022, can simultaneously support a 48-pixel 12-pixel camera (when four modules are combined).

He added: When shooting at 12 megapixels, the pixel size of the new iPhone increases to about 2.5 microns, which is much larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, which is much larger than the current Android phones and close to the DSC level. .

For reference, the iPhone 12 has a pixel size of 1.7μm, and Kuo expects this year's iPhone 13 to have a 2μm pixel sensor.

The high-resolution sensor is expected to support 8K video recording, which is well above the current 4K limit for the iPhone.

Although the report does not mention the frame rate, Guo Ming believes that increasing the frame rate is very beneficial for scoring augmented reality devices. Rumors say the industry will enter this field in the near future.

"The current supplier Sony is producing new generation sensors," Guo said. LG is developing a compact CCM camera module.

With the move to 48MP, Apple will likely pay more for each camera.

Given the expanded sensor area, the CCM calibration, combined with the tilt control, is more complicated than current iPhone models.

Kuo suggested that Apple stop producing the iPhone mini in 2022 and supply base models in addition to the 6.1 and 6.7-inch models of the Pro series.

Analysts said that the iPhone 2023 may also use the Face ID sensor built into the bottom of the screen to avoid crashes.

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