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According to Apple’s latest book, bigger is stronger.
The iPhone 13 is only months out, but we’re already getting ideas of what the century after it would look like. The camera module will be greatly improved, but if you’re a fan of the “mini” size iPhone 12, it won’t be part of the family by then.
According to a recent report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could remove the 5.4-inch iPhone from its 2022 lineup, instead offering two standard and two high-end “Pro” versions in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes. The 5.4-inch variant will remain available as part of the iPhone 13 range, although it is possible that this is the end of the path for the “mini” size.
The 5.4-inch iPhone is now represented by the iPhone 12 mini, which was designed to appeal to fans of smaller phones such as the iPhone SE. Apple anticipated high demand for it, but buyers overwhelmingly prefered the larger ones. As a result, the firm reduced its development targets for both the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone SE substantially.
It’s unclear if this is due to the current chip shortage, but it may have played a part in the decision to drop the “mini” variant from the 2022 iPhone lineup.
The iPhone 13 is supposed to be an S-style update with the same architecture but slightly upgraded internals. The iPhone 14, on the other hand, is expected to be a more daring release that could forego the Lightning port in favour of a completely wireless experience.
Kuo claims the camera module will also get a significant update, including a 48-megapixel main shooter with a bigger sensor than current iPhones and all Android flagships.
The new sensor is supposed to have improved image quality in Night Mode as well as support for 8K video capture, and it could use the same sensor-shift image stabilisation technology used in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Despite the higher resolution, Apple can opt to output images at 12 megapixels, equivalent to the “four cell merge output mode” used by high-end Android phones. According to Kuo, the improved camera would yield captures that are “more suitable for AR/MR devices.”
By 2023, Apple may have introduced a periscope telephoto lens and eliminated the notch for its under-display Touch ID and Face ID systems. But that’s a long way off, and the business will be wise to address issues like MagSafe first.