Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that iPhone will ship with improved autofocus and periscope cameras by 2022, as the company is set to add two new suppliers to its supply chain.
The company will be adding the best Korean and Chinese lens suppliers Semco and Sunny Optical to its supply chain this year. Kuo believes that these companies will deliver higher quality components for products and are likely to ensure better performance.
Periscope lens and improved autofocus in iPhone
Apple is reportedly using Semco’s ball-cased voice coil monitor for improved autofocus in the upcoming iPhone 12 as compared to the spring-based design used in the current iPhones. Kuo also claims that by 2022, iPhones will feature a periscopic telephoto lens manufactures by Semco.
A periscopic camera lens is very uncommon and is currently used in Huawei P-series and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. This lens refers to the way in which they operate and use internal vertical space for improving photo quality and offering enhanced zoom capabilities when compared to a typical telephoto lens.
Kuo was light on additional details about the new camera improvements Other rumors suggest that the upcoming iPhone 12 will feature a 120Hz refresh rate display, mmWave 5G technology, under-display ultrasonic fingerprint technology, thinner bezels, and sensor-shift image stabilization. The phone will have an iPad Pro or iPhone 4-like design with flat edges. The Pro models will exclusively feature a LiDAR scanner as well.
Apple might not bundle traditional power adapter and EarPods in the retail box, and sell a 20W USB-C power adapter separately. As for the EarPods, the move seems to be a marketing campaign to promote AirPods sales.
Apple is expected to four new iPhone 12 models this fall, around September or October. Two of these will be non-Pro models with dual-cameras, while the Pro models will ship with 3 cameras. All the models will feature OLED displays and 5G networking.