Apple may finally be taking the selfie camera seriously
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The arrival of the iPhone 14 may run across Apple tree finally taking its selfie cameras seriously – just information technology could come at a price that puts off some buyers.
That’south according to Korean news site ET News (opens in new tab), which has published the latest in a series of reports on the Apple supply chain, looking at the camera modules Apple tree is said to exist using for the front end-facing snapper.
At that place’s a lot to dig into here. Apparently, Apple has ditched the manufacturer information technology was originally planning to employ for these components, and will instead use LG, which was slated to produce the front end cameras for the iPhone 15 range. At the same time, Apple has decided to designate this camera as a ‘high-terminate’ component, where previously they were regarded past the company as ‘depression-terminate’ ones.
It’s not clear what change LG’southward stewardship will actually bring to the photographic camera – maybe the sensor will have a higher resolution or be physically larger, or maybe the lens will meet some improvements. But for reasons we’ll get to, it’due south nearly definitely a big step up.
All this sounds great for fans of selfies – Apple is seemingly taking the front camera more seriously, and is using parts in the iPhone 14 that were destined for time to come iPhones. Not merely that, just the report says these parts hateful the front-facing cameras volition facilitate autofocus, something Apple’s selfie snappers haven’t previously supported.
Nosotros can get behind this, as iPhones haven’t ever been the best for selfies. But it also sounds like in that location’s a grab.
Co-ordinate to the ET News report, the front-facing camera modules that are now going to be used in the iPhone 14 cost about iii times more than the equivalent parts used in the iPhone 13 – that’s a cost that will likely be passed onto customers, meaning the mobile could exist a scrap more expensive than we expected.
With the iPhone 14 withal some months abroad, nosotros’ll take to wait until the launch (likely in mid-September) to find out if the phone does indeed get a big selfie photographic camera upgrade, and if that’due south reflected in the price.
Analysis: non the but upgrade
Not only is the iPhone 14’south front-facing photographic camera supposedly getting an improvement, but we’ve been hearing about a redesign in this surface area too.
Lots of rumors and renders propose that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Plus, which would exist the 2 summit-end models of the four-phone family going on past form, won’t have notches like previous iPhones, merely will instead take punch-hole cut-outs to house their front-facing cameras, as many Android phones take.
Nosotros assumed that this modify was being made in order to make the iPhones look more attractive – notches are very dated – but perchance it’due south to facilitate new sensors or lenses too, and if Apple really has inverse the designation of its front end-facing cameras from low- to loftier-priority components, nosotros’re all for it.