2022 iPhones will offer 8k video and 48-megapixel camera, lineup will not include iPhone mini – Kuo

A new report from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple plans to make a huge upgrade to the iPhone camera in 2022 and that the iPhone 13 could be the last lineup to feature a ‘mini’ iPhone. The same note which mentions Apple’s plans for upgrading the cameras on future iPhones also suggests that the Cupertino tech giant will be including Under-Display Face ID systems in its iPhones starting from 2023.

2022 iPhones will offer 8k video and 48-megapixel camera, lineup will not include mini variant - Kuo

2022 iPhones will offer significant camera upgrades, according to Ming-Chi Kuo

In a note to investors, Kuo states that iPhone 13 mini will likely be the last “mini” iPhone. Since the launch of iPhone 12, the compact model has not been a hit with consumers, as Apple had expected. Reports of poor sales have been circulating in the industry for quite some time now. According to reports, buyers prefer bigger smartphone models like iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE because of the bigger screen and battery.

“We predict that the new 2H22 iPhone will have 4 models, namely the high-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models, and the lower-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models.”

iPhone 12 mini

Kuo goes on to say that some iPhones in 2022 will get a 48MP camera capable of shooting in 8K. Apple’s current flagship iPhone lineup offers users 12MP and 4K video recording, so this upgrade would offer a huge improvement in performance. The upgrade will only come to the two “high-end” models of the lineup, so it will be reserved for the ‘Pro’ variants.

“In terms of pixel size, the ‌iPhone 12‌, iPhone 13, and new 2H22 ‌iPhone‌ are about 1.7um, 2um, and 1.25um, respectively. We believe that the new 2H22 ‌iPhone‌ may support direct 48MP output and 12MP (four cells merge output mode) output simultaneously. With 12MP output, the CIS pixel size of the new 2H22 ‌iPhone‌ increases to about 2.5um, which is significantly larger than the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌, and larger than existing Android phones, and close to the DSC level. We believe that the camera quality of the new 2H22 ‌iPhone‌ will elevate mobile phone camera photography to a new level.”

Kuo also says that in 2023 Apple may adopt a periscope telephoto lens as well as under-display Face ID. The analyst has also stated that at least one of the higher-end iPhone models in 2023 will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor with no notch and a bezel-free screen.

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