In addition to claiming that the screen size of the mini iPhone is no longer there, Kuo described in detail some impressive camera features for the 2022 iPhone.
It announces that the standard rear cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixels, which is an increase over the 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 12.
As a reminder, Kuo expects four iPhone 14 models in 2022: two 6.1-inch phones and two 6.7-inch phones. As of today, Apple will define the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models as a high-end “Pro” option.
Kuo seems confident that the 48-megapixel specs are only for the more expensive Pro models. It is unclear whether the 6.1
Although the sensor is 48 megapixels, it is possible that the output images from the iPhone are still 12 megapixels with resolution. Apple may choose to use a smart scaling algorithm that captures raw 48-megapixel data and creates a 12-megapixel output image, with more detail and less noise. This is called “four-cell display mode” and is used today by some high-end Android phones.
In addition, the raw size of each pixel will increase to about 2.5um, significantly larger than 1.7um pixels in the iPhone 12. Larger pixels mean that the phone can absorb more light, reducing noise. (The iPhone 13 is expected to support 12 megapixel resolution later this year, but increase the pixel size to 2um.)
Kuo believes the camcorder system will also be upgraded for the iPhone 14, supporting 8K recording for the first time. 8K will be available on all four iPhone 14 models.
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