At this point of the year, Apple has already put the iPhone 14 series through the manufacturing process. There will be four models as usual. However, for the first time we expect hardware to differ between variants. Although the iPhone 14 series will see a significant redesign, it will leave behind the notch. However, Touch ID is not yet available. The company will make improvements to the camera hardware. Additionally, the selfie taker will be able to use auto-focus for first time. According to Apple’s reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 will make use of VCM (voice coil motor) to support AF (autofocus). He stated that many suppliers are interested in a partnership deal with Apple.
SUPPLIERS ARE FIGHTING FOR APPLE’S PREFERENCE FOR IPHONE 14 SELFIE CAMERA TECH
Kuo says that Luxshare recently entered the Apple supply chains. The Alps is another of Apple’s suppliers, and Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the competition will become more and more intense in the next few months. According to him, Luxshare has the best execution among Apple’s Chinese suppliers and has the closest cooperation with Apple. Largan will be the new supplier of the iPhone 13 ultra wide-angle lens’ Voice Coil Motor in 2021, he states. Luxshare Precision will, however, be the supplier for the iPhone 14 selfie-snapper in 2022. In 2023, LG Innotek will also be a contestant for VCM in the iPhone 15 series.
Kuo mentioned in a prior report that all four iPhone 14 models will arrive later in the year with major upgrades to the front-facing camera. All models will have a front facing snapper that has an autofocus function. Modules will also have a larger aperture at f/1.9, which will allow the camera to catch more light. The light will travel through the lens to reach the module’s front. Kuo stated that these camera upgrades will increase the depth of field in portrait mode photos and videos. Zoom video calls and FaceTime will benefit from the autofocus feature. Apple has been striving to improve video communication with its devices over the past few years. It’s natural to see the company bringing significant upgrades for those who want a solid video call experience on the iPhone.
The iPhone 13 models, by comparison, have fixed focus as well as an aperture of f/2.2. Apple will retain the Lightning port even with all the upgrades to the camera. However, they will bring USB 3.0.