Apple is expected to launch its iPhone 14 series later this year, with the iPhone 14 Pro slated to play its usual role of being the flagship variant of the lineup. Recently, a host of device schematics were revealed, showcasing a thicker phone body, a redesigned notch that has been spoken about a lot, and now, a much larger camera module than what the iPhone 13 Pro already has on offer. Explaining this, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now offered an explanation as to why the Apple iPhone 14 Pro camera might just get bigger this year.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro May Get a New Wide-angle Camera
Ming-Chi Kuo’s statement on Twitter says, “The main reason for the larger and more prominent rear-camera bump of the 14 Pro/Pro Max is upgrading the wide camera to 48MP (vs. 13 Pro/Pro Max’s 12MP). The diagonal length of 48MP CIS will increase by 25-35%, and the height of 48MP’s 7P lens will increase by 5-10%.”
In simpler terms, it so appears that the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is set to use a significantly larger wide-angle camera sensor, which would be up to 35 percent larger in length over the present 12MP wide-angle camera sensor. The latter is also expected to be combined with a new lens, which would also be taller by about 10 percent.
It’s not clear if the 48MP wide-angle camera would also come to the regular Apple iPhone 14 models as well. Previous rumours have already suggested that Apple may use a 48MP main camera sensor this year as well, which too could contribute to the larger camera module design.
If the module eventually does get larger, it remains to be seen how Apple would work towards levelling the smartphone’s in-hand feel. Apple’s iPhones have typically always had a seamless design language, which was broken with the iPhone 13 Pro thanks to its rather large module at the back that prevents it from lying flush on a table. With an even larger module, this would only be exacerbated.
The Apple iPhone 14 series has been tipped to launch with the A16 Bionic SoC, which would be the norm for Apple’s phones. Other key rumours have also included a drill hole and pill design for the notch at the top, as well as the lack of a physical SIM card slot.