List the strengths of the iPhone that make it one of the best phones to own and you will probably place cameras at the top of this list. So of course you focus a lot on what Apple intends to do with it iPhone 14 Cameras when the new phones arrive in the fall.
Not that Apple told us anything — the company is notoriously tight-lipped about unannounced products. But leakers, analysts, and other Apple watchers aren’t so cautious. Ahead of the expected fall launch date, a whole host of rumors about the iPhone 14’s camera have surfaced, giving us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new models.
As with many iPhone 14 rumors, it sounds like the more significant changes are coming iPhone 14 pro Models highlighted by a major improvement to the main camera on Apple’s high-end phones. But you can also expect some improvements for the standard iPhone 14 that should make these phones contenders for the title again best camera phone.
Note that the rumors at this point are mostly focused on camera hardware, as that’s the kind of information Apple analysts can glean from the company’s supply chain. Software improvements like that Cinema mode Apple added within the last year iPhone 13 let go should be closer to the run out iPhone 14 release dateif past iPhone rumors are anything to go by.
With that in mind, here we take a closer look at the biggest rumored changes to the iPhone 14 cameras, and what those changes could mean for your mobile photos and videos.
1. A larger main camera for iPhone 14 Pro
By far the biggest camera change in the iPhone 14 lineup concerns the main camera on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Pro phones are expected to be used on both 48MP sensors for their main wide camera. That would be a big improvement over current 12MP cameras iPhone 13 pro models. And really, it would mark a significant change for Apple overall, since the company has been using a 12-megapixel camera as the main lens on the iPhone since 2015.
Most Apple watchers expect this change to be limited to the Pro models, with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max (resp iPhone 14 plus, if you believe the rumor that Apple’s cheaper 6.7-inch handset has a different name) and takes cues from the same 12-megapixel sensors as before. In fact, a look at that iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 pro Rumors suggest that most of the big changes are headed for Apple’s Pro phones.
Increasing the megapixel count of the iPhone 14 Pro’s main cameras would allow the phone to capture higher-resolution shots with more detail. It would also give photo professionals more work and manipulation options when editing photos, potentially signaling a more feature-rich Pro mode for the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera app.
However, a 48-megapixel main camera has other implications besides resolution. For example, Apple could turn to pixel binning, which combines pixels together. At darker settings, the combined pixel can capture more light and reduce noise. The end result would be better low-light photography, albeit at the expense of resolution.
Another important aspect of a 48-megapixel sensor as the iPhone 14 Pro’s main camera – it would pave the way for Apple’s Pro phones to record 8K video. At the moment, the iPhone 13 Pro outperforms 4K video recording at 60 fps. A higher resolution sensor removes the hardware limitations of recording 8K video and would allow the upcoming iPhone to compete with the video recording capabilities of some Android phones such as Android Samsung Galaxy S22.
There’s another implication for Apple moving towards a 48-megapixel main sensor that goes beyond photo capabilities. Apple would have to increase the size of the camera lens to accommodate the larger sensor. That means a wider, thicker camera hump on the iPhone 14 Pro models – a change to that leaked schematics for the upcoming phone apparently up again.
2. Improved front cameras for all iPhone 14 models
The iPhone 14 won’t freeze when it comes to camera switching, but the main rumor concerns the upcoming phone’s front camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that all four iPhone 14 models get an improved selfie cameraan improvement on the 12MP TrueDepth camera that made its debut with the iPhone 11 range.
Specifically, Kuo predicts that the iPhone 14’s front camera aperture will increase, going from f/2.2 to f/1.9. That should let in more light and create cleaner images when taking selfies or starting FaceTime calls. Speaking of FaceTime improvements, Kuo also believes the front-facing camera will get built-in autofocus, which should result in sharper video on calls.
In addition, the new front camera features a 6-element lens, an improvement over the 5-element lens used by current iPhones. As we learned when the iphone 12 Switched from a 6-element lens to a 7-element lens, the more elements there are, the better the image quality. In particular, the additional element can correct distortions and aberrations in the image for a better overall shot.
3. No periscope style zoom lens
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but a big rumor about the iPhone 14’s camera addresses a feature that it is a notice come to the Pro models. Early rumors suggested that Apple might opt for a periscope-style telephoto lens on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This design would pave the way for Apple to increase the optical zoom of its phones and position the iPhone to better compete with Samsung’s flagships on that front.
At the moment from Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the undisputed king of zooming, thanks to two telephoto lenses offering 3x and 10x optical zoom respectively. With the help of software, these lenses can also support 100x space zoom for incredible close-up shots. (You’ll need to put the S22 Ultra on a tripod to reduce blur from handling the phone.) The iPhone 13 Pro, with its 3x zoom, has a hard time keeping up. Just check out these zoom shots of the Galaxy S22 Ultra in action.
A periscope-style lens is still on the way for future iPhones — just not the iPhone 14 Pro. Kuo expects it to arrive next yearand other iPhone leaks now support this claim, particularly with news from Apple’s supply chain that the final design of the iPhone 14 Pro will not include a periscope lens.
4. Auto focus for iPhone 14 ultrawide camera
Here’s an older rumor that doesn’t get much attention these days, but as far as we know it’s still on the table for a possible iPhone 14 camera improvement. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max’s ultrawide camera could add autofocus.
If true, it would reflect a feature Apple added to the ultrawide lenses on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It could also pave the way for the standard iPhone 14 to adopt the macro mode that Apple’s Pro models’ ultrawide lenses currently support.
This rumor actually dates back to before the iPhone 13 was released, when Ming-Chi Kuo – yes, him again – alerted the world to the autofocus feature that was headed for the iPhone 13 Pro’s ultrawide camera. At that time, Kuo said The feature would then be added to Apple’s other phones with the iPhone 14. The first part of this prediction came true last fall; Let’s see if the second part lasts this year.