The iPhone 14 series is expected to come with greatly improved front camera specs and, according to a new report, Apple will be switching to a new vendor as well.
Last April, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that all models in the iPhone 14 series — the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 6.1-inch 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max — could feature an improved front camera with autofocus and wider f/1.9 aperture for sharper, brighter images.
Korean agency ETNews, which has a mixed history of Apple leaks, claims that for the first time, Apple will source the front-facing camera from a South Korean supplier.
Apparently, Apple was not happy with the quality of the front camera offered by its usual Chinese suppliers. In addition, the addition of new functions such as autofocus has resulted in a threefold increase in the cost of the front camera compared to the iPhone 13, which changed its classification from low-end part to high-end component.
Apple previously reportedly planned to start using front-facing cameras from South Korea’s LG Innotek from next year for the iPhone 15 lineup. LG Innotek has reportedly started mass-producing front-facing cameras for the iPhone 14 lineupwhich will likely be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch Series 8 and AirPods Pro 2.
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LG Innotek already supplies rear cameras to Apple. Front camera orders will be split between LG Innotek and Japan’s Sharp, which was already a major supplier.
The front camera will be housed in a notch on the iPhone 14 and 14 Max, and in a dual cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. It is also very likely that the Pro models will be equipped with a new 48-megapixel photo sensor, which could make them the best photophones of the year.
The new models will come with 8GB of RAM and could also come with satellite connectivity.