Apple has been able to create new ways to improve video and photo quality each year for the iPhone, which has had the best mobile camera on the market. Apple’s 12-megapixel cameras are the only option, so increasing pixel count is not an option. Apple has never been in the megapixel race, which proves that it is possible to have a better camera with fewer pixels. The strategy was popularized by many competitors several years back. However, Android phones are now capable of capturing 12MP images. Even Google Pixel. It’s not just about pixel counts, because new technologies make it necessary to upgrade. A new report claims that Apple will use a 48-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera system.
Early iPhone 14 rumors pointed out a few distinctive features for the Pro models. Apple will likely remove the mini model from its lineup. The company will instead drop to two sizes in the iPhone 14 series. The phones will be called iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
All-screen iPhone 14 Pro models will be rumored to have pill-shaped camera holes at the top, instead of notches. The 48-megapixel camera rumor suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro models will be the first iPhones without the 12-megapixel primary sensor.
Rumors about the iPhone 14 Pro 48-megapixel camera
The TrendForce analysts released a new research note, which focuses on smartphone camera module shipments. TrendForce claims that customers have generally figured out that smartphones with more than three cameras at the back will not produce better photos. Smartphone makers are also under increased pressure due to shipping and manufacturing costs. Vendors will focus on triple-lens cameras in this year’s lineup.
TrendForce reports that over 50% of smartphones have a primary camera capable of recording images at a resolution between 13 and 48 megapixels. 20% of the market is made up of phones with a primary camera that has a resolution between 49 and 64 megapixels. This is where the iPhone 14 Pro models are found.
The company wrote that the third largest portion of 12 million pixel products is currently held by the iPhone and Samsung flagship series. Apple is expected to introduce a 48 million-pixel primary camera to its iPhone 14 Pro series (tentatively called) this year. This will further reduce 12 million pixel products to 15% in 2022.
This rumor matches recent predictions by reliable Ming-Chi Kuo. In mid-December, he stated that the iPhone 14 Pro models would get a 48-megapixel primary cam.
What might the camera upgrade mean?
Although analysts don’t always get it right, an increase in the number of pixels might be a good idea for the iPhone 14 Pro’s primary camera. Apple increased the size and number of camera modules on all iPhone 13 models, not just the iPhone 13 Pro.
The reason is that Apple added the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s primary (wider) camera to non-Pro iPhone 13 models. The handsets now have larger sensors (bigger pixels and bigger apertures). iPhone 13 Pro models have even better primary cameras (wider) that are equipped with larger sensors and pixel sizes. This is relevant to the iPhone 14 Pro camera update.
These iPhone 13 upgrades are designed to improve photo quality in different situations. Larger sensors/pixels will capture greater amounts of light. However, they will deliver better low-light photography regardless of the situation.
The iPhone 14 Pro will have 48-megapixel sensors. This should increase the detail in the photos. Low-light photography will not be affected by this change. The iPhone 14 Pro will most likely capture 48-megapixel photos in well-lit situations where noise is not a problem.
Apple will likely make the 48-megapixel wide angle camera a 12-megapixel camera in order to capture all situations where there isn’t enough light. Android vendors use pixel splitting technology, which combines four pixels to create a larger image. This is speculation based on a rumor about an iPhone 14 Pro camera.