Contrary to colour option rumours, information about upcoming iPhone camera technology tends to be fairly accurate; supply chains for camera parts frequently leak specific details well before the device is actually released.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are anticipated to receive modest camera improvements, with the more significant changes being reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to push iPhone photography to its absolute maximum, in keeping with how Apple reserves its highest-end camera features for the “Pro” models.
iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13
- 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture
- Front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max
- 12-megapixel Wide camera with Focus Pixels
- 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and autofocus
- Front-facing camera with ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus
The widely rumoured new 48-megapixel Wide camera for the iPhone 14 is anticipated to be reserved for the Pro models only; the 12-megapixel Wide camera found on the iPhone 13 lineup will remain on the standard iPhone 14 models.
All four of the iPhone 14 models—the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max—will have an upgraded front-facing camera with autofocus and a larger /1.9 aperture, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who made the announcement earlier this year. Apple is anticipated to pay three times as much for the component.
On the iPhone 14 models, a wider aperture would permit more light to pass through the lens and reach the front camera’s sensor, improving image quality. With these camera improvements, according to Kuo, Portrait mode photos and videos may have a better depth of field, and FaceTime and Zoom video calls may have a sharper focus. The front camera on every iPhone 13 model, in contrast, has a fixed focus and a smaller /2.2 aperture.
iPhone 14 Pro
Kuo accurately predicted that the iPhone 13 Pro models would feature a significantly improved Ultra Wide camera, increasing the aperture from /2.4 to /1.8 and from a five-element lens to a six-element lens. Additionally, autofocus would be added in place of the current fixed focus. These improvements to the Ultra Wide camera are anticipated to spread to the entire iPhone 14 lineup in 2022 rather than just the Pro models.