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iPhone 14’s big selfie and FaceTime camera upgrades leaked

Published Apr 19th, 2022 5:07PM EDT

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Every new iPhone generation brings at least two significant upgrades over last year’s models: A faster processor and a better overall camera experience. The iPhone 14 should be similar, and we’ve already seen a few processor and camera rumors for the 2022 models. The newest iPhone 14 leak concerns the selfie camera upgrades and comes from a trusted insider whose scoops often turn out to be accurate.

Which iPhone has the best selfie camera performance?

If you were wondering which iPhone is best for selfie camera performance, the answer should be obvious. That’s because the latest iPhone will always deliver the best camera experience. Right now, any iPhone 13 model will take better selfies than older models. Come September, the iPhone 14 will be the best iPhone for selfie cameras.

It’s not just the hardware that you have to factor in. Apple hasn’t upgraded the selfie camera specs since the 2019 iPhone 11. The iPhone 13 still rocks the same 12-megapixel selfie camera, complete with an f/2.2 aperture. Bu the iPhone 13 comes with newer software features for selfie photos and videos.

Apple's iPhone 13 notch next to the iPhone 12 notch
Apple’s iPhone 13 notch next to the iPhone 12 notch. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The iPhone 13 features Night Mode and Deep Fusion support, just like the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 models also support Smart HDR 4 for photos and Photography Styles. For video, they offer Cinematic mode support and ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30fps.

With that in mind, we would expect selfie camera upgrades for the iPhone 14 even if the specs stay the same once again.

iPhone 14 upgrade rumors

Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will deliver a significant camera upgrade to all four iPhone 14 models. Apple is reportedly moving from fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture on the iPhone 13 to autofocus and f/1.9 aperture for the selfie cameras of all four iPhone 14 models.

As a result, the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max will deliver a better overall camera experience than the iPhone 13 models.

Autofocus and a lower aperture value mean better depth-of-field effects for Portrait mode. The iPhone 14’s autofocus should also improve focus during FaceTime and other video calls, the analyst notes. The lower aperture will let the iPhone selfie lens capture more light, which translates to better night mode photos.

Kuo’s tweets imply that the front-facing iPhone 14 camera will stick with a 12-megapixel sensor. History has shown that Apple won’t increase the megapixel count on its iPhone just for the sake of marketing a higher number.

Selfie camera upgrades aside, the iPhone 14 Pro’s primary camera system might get a 48-megapixel wide lens. The same Kuo explained a few weeks ago that the 48-megapixel camera will directly impact the iPhone 14 design. The Pro and Pro Max models will have thicker, larger camera modules on the back to make room for the new 48-megapixel sensor.

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

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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