The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro will be entitled to a 48-megapixel photo sensor according to information from Ming-Chi Kuo. The generally well-informed analyst had previously mentioned such a sensor and reiterates today, confirming that Apple’s plans have not changed.
A 48 megapixel sensor for the iPhone 14 Pro
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have a 12-megapixel main sensor. Going to 48 megapixels with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max would therefore be an important step, especially since Apple would use the pixel binning technique. Already used on some Android smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra and Google’s Pixel 6, pixel binning can take 48-megapixel photos in bright conditions and 12-megapixel photos in low-light conditions in order to preserving quality. The system combines several pixels into one to get good shots.
Another point concerning the iPhone of 2022 would be the possibility of filming in 8K, against 4K today. The 8K videos should be adapted for the future AR / VR headset from Apple, which is also due to be released in 2022 according to the latest rumors.
Periscope target for 2023
On the other hand, Kuo reiterates that Apple will offer a periscope lens on at least one of the iPhone 15 in 2023. This should allow for a larger optical zoom, without having a sensor that protrudes much to the back of the phone. The Huawei P40 Pro + has such a sensor for example and offers a x10 optical zoom. With the iPhone 13 Pro, it’s a x3 optical zoom.