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Apple’s iPhone 14 camera might be a game-changer

Updated Apr 25th, 2022 2:40PM EDT

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Apple’s iPhone 14 camera may very well prove to be a game-changer capable of spurring an avalanche of upgrades. While recent iPhone releases have been somewhat incremental in nature, there’s mounting evidence that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 will represent a huge step forward in camera performance.

Just a few months ago, for example, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo articulated that the iPhone 14 camera will “elevate mobile phone camera photography to a new level.” And while every iPhone rumor should naturally be taken with a grain of salt, Kuo’s track record with respect to upcoming Apple products and iPhone features is unrivaled. Truth be told, it’s not often that Kuo makes such a sweeping prediction that doesn’t come to fruition.

iPhone 14 camera specs

There’s certainly a lot of hype surrounding the iPhone 14 camera, so let’s dive in and see what’s likely on the horizon. According to Kuo, and others, the iPhone 14 camera will boast a 48-megapixel sensor on the back. What’s more, the device is said to support 8K video recording.

Kuo notes:

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.

Building on this report, a recent post on Weibo claims to list a bevy of iPhone 14 Pro camera specs. In regards to the 48-megapixel sensor, the post claims that the sensor size itself will be more than 20% larger relative to the sensor on Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro models. If this pans out, the larger sensor will be able to capture more light. This will result in crisper photos with less noise and more dynamic range. It will also help improve photographs taken in low light conditions.

All of the above, coupled with Apple’s ongoing advancements in computational photography, help set the stage for what may turn out to be a momentous improvement in iPhone camera quality.

On a related note, alleged CAD drawings of Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro models leaked not too long ago. There are also reports that the camera bump will protrude a bit more than on the iPhone 13 Pro models.

iPhone 14 Pro design schematics with dimensions
iPhone 14 Pro design schematics with dimensions. Image source: Twitter

Camera improvements may be limited to iPhone 14 Pro models

iPhone 14 Pro 3D Renders
iPhone 14 Pro 3D renders: New notch design and rear camera. Image source: Technizo Concept and LetsGoDigital

Not surprisingly, Apple’s aforementioned iPhone 14 camera improvements will likely be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro models. This would certainly align with Apple’s tried and true strategy of bestowing its more advanced technologies on its premium iPhone models.

Incidentally, we’ve seen reports that Apple is also exploring the possibility of adding a periscope lens to the iPhone. According to credible reports, this feature will not be part of the iPhone 14. There is a chance, however, we might see it on Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro models.

iPhone 14 release date and price

If history is any indication, Apple will unveil its iPhone 14 lineup at a special event in early September. Following that, it stands to reason that the iPhone 14 will arrive in stores later that month. With regards to iPhone 14 pricing, Apple’s strategy remains unclear.

As we saw with the iPhone SE, Apple has no qualms about increasing the purchase price to account for pricier internal components. It’s therefore possible that Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup will potentially be $100 more expensive than the iPhone 13. To this end, the iPhone 14 Pro may start at $1099. The iPhone 14 Pro Max, meanwhile, may start at $1199. Hopefully, though, we won’t see any price changes.

More iPhone coverage: For more iPhone news, visit our iPhone 14 guide.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.

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