New iPhone 13 Leak Unveiled Apple’s ‘Next Level’ iPhone Update
Apple finally is ready to upgrade one important iPhone spec that has remained unchanged since 2014.
Despite the heavy emphasis Apple continues to place on the iPhone’s main camera, its hardware spec lags really behind the competition. This could all be about to change.
The new information from analyst and perennial leaker, Ming-Chi Kuo, states that the 2022 iPhone new phones will come with an all-new 48-megapixel main camera set to take iPhone photography to “a new level.”
“In terms of pixel size, the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and new 2H22 iPhone are about 1.7um, 2um, and 1.25um, respectively. We believe that the new 2H22 iPhone may support direct 48MP output and 12MP (four cells merge output mode) output simultaneously. With 12MP output, the CIS pixel size of the new 2H22 iPhone increases to about 2.5um, which is significantly larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, and larger than existing Android phones, and close to the DSC level. We believe that the camera quality of the new 2H22 iPhone will elevate mobile phone camera photography to a new level.”
This implies that the iPhone will soon use larger high-megapixel sensors with ‘pixel binning’ technology, a long-established trend with proven results in modern Android flagships. Kuo alleges that the future camera’s expected pixel size of 1.25 microns is larger than that of existing Android phones, but that wouldn’t put the future iPhone at the very top of the competitors. The current large-sensor champion, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra, already has even larger 1.4micron pixels and is currently set first in Dxomark’s camera rankings.
If Xiaomi’s results are anything to go by, this significant change in iPhone sensor technology will likely cause a shift in photographic performance for Apple. In addition to the enhanced low-light performance that can come from a larger sensor, its higher resolution will bring about a vital boost to zoom performance which remains a serious area of vulnerability for current iPhones.
Capture at 48 megapixels also enables the users for 8K video capture, which needs frames of around 33 megapixels each, well beyond the iPhone’s current 12-megapixel limit.
With the addition of this new camera, we may eventually see the iPhone camera ready to take on the biggest of the Chinese flagships in terms of raw image features.