Apple’s flagship iPhone 14 is expected to be launched in September this year. It was previously reported that along with major rear camera upgrades, Apple will also upgrade the front camera of all models in the series. Today, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared additional details about the front-facing camera of the lineup and the suppliers that will be providing its components.
iPhone 14 will feature improved front camera for better video calling experience
The Cupertino tech giant typically upgrades the rear cameras of its iPhones annually however, the front camera has not received much attention over the years. That is set to change with the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup.
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today revealed that the iPhone 14’s front camera will feature autofocus which will offer sharper images and improved picture quality. Furthermore, the camera will also have a 6-element lens instead of a 5-element lens, which will also add to the image quality.
Kuo also shared the suppliers of the iPhone 14’s front camera. Sony will supply camera sensors for the models. Genius and Largan will supply the lenses and the new focus module will be provided by Alps and Luxshare.
In May, it was reported that Apple replaced a Chinese company in favor of LG Innotek, a South Korean company, to supply components for the upcoming iPhone’s front-facing camera. Kuo today corroborated this report and confirmed that LG Innotek will indeed be providing the front-facing camera module to Apple alongside Cowell. The tech giant initially planned to switch to LG with next year’s iPhone lineup but decided to transition in time for the iPhone 14.
The report from May also revealed that the unit cost of front-facing cameras for the iPhone 14 has risen nearly three times compared to previous generations. The price hike is attributed to “the advancement in functions” with features such as autofocus.
The iPhone 14’s front-camera upgrade will mark the biggest upgrade for the module since 2019 when the iPhone 11 Pro was released with a 12-megapixel front camera. Prior to the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhones featured a 7-megapixel camera.
In addition to the specs of the front-facing camera, we also know that it will be housed in a new pill + hole punch cutout which will house Face ID components in addition to the camera.
Based on previous industry reports, we predict that the upcoming lineup will feature a thicker design and a larger rear-camera bump. In addition, the Pro models will be powered by the next-generation A16 Bionic chip and will sport a 48MP rear camera system. Barring any delays, the lineup is on track for a September release.