iPhone 13 will again feature four models, just like the current iPhone 12 lineup, notes renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He also expected iPhone 13 to outsell iPhone 12 due to various factors including a robust 5G infrastructure and September launch. His note also mentions that iPhone 13 Pro models will feature an improved ultra-wide camera with a fast f1.8 lens with auto-focus, while all iPhone 14 models, including non-Pro models, will feature the improved ultra-wide camera.
Although iPhone 12 is still rolling out, with iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders to open today, it has not stopped analysts from sharing predictions for future smartphone updates from Apple. There is no confirmation on whether the next iPhone will be iPhone 12S or iPhone 13, but Ming-Chu Kuo predicts that it will feature the same four models that the current model has. Apple seems to have found the sweet spot with the screen sizes and features.
iPhone 13 ultra-wide camera improvements
Kuo expects that iPhone 13 Pro models will feature an improved ultra-wide camera with a fast f1.8 lens and auto-focus, compared to the slower f2.4 lens and fixed focus lens on the current iPhone 12 models. These improvements will not be available on the two low-end models, however, by the time iPhone 14 launches in 2022, Apple will include the improved ultra-wide camera on all models.
Largan will receive 70% of the orders for the voice coil motors (VCM) which will be used in the new ultra-wide cameras in next year’s flagships. The company currently caters to just 50% of the ultra-wide lens orders for existing iPhone 12 models from Apple.
Kuo also notes that iPhone 13 will exceed shipments year-over-year due to significant improvements to the cameras, further 5G infrastructure roll-out across the world, and a September launch for the new models. Perhaps the much-expected 120Hz ProMotion displays might also count towards the increase in demand, however, Kuo did not mention them at all. It has been previously reported that Apple might include LTPO technology on iPhone 13 Pro models, which will help with adding 120Hz ProMotion displays to the devices. All iPhone 13 models are also expected to get support for sub-6GHz 5G.