iPhone 14 Pro may get major ultra-wide camera upgrade

With Apple’s iPhone 14 launch taking place at the “Far Out” September event, we’re seeing even more rumors of the highly anticipated Pro models surfacing. We’ve heard that the iPhone 14 Pro will get a 48-megapixel primary wide-angle camera upgrade, but the ultra-wide sensor may also get an improvement in quality.

According to the notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Twitter (via iMore), the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are predicted to feature larger 1.4m pixels in the ultra-wide camera. With pixels larger than the 1.0 µm ultra-wide pixels of the iPhone 13 Pro, the next-generation flagship could see better low-light photography performance.

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As Kuo points out, the “CIS (CMOS Image Sensor), VCM (Voice Coil Motor), and CCM (Compact Camera Module) have a significant price increase per unit in this upgrade,” leading him to believe that the main camera isn’t the only lens to see improvements.

While the larger pixels will be a step forward for those shooting in low-light environments, don’t expect a change in megapixel count. Many still expect the ultra-wide-angle lens to have a 12MP lens, as opposed to the rumored 48MP main lens.

Since Kuo states that this is more of a prediction, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt (as always). The good news is that we won’t have long to wait to find out what the iPhone 14 Pro brings, and it makes sense that Apple would make significant improvements in the camera department of the Pro model. On the other hand, the standard iPhone 14 may be one to skip.

All about cameras

Obviously, Apple seems to be making a big push in the iPhone 14 Pro’s cameras. Along with the 48MP upgrade and now larger pixels in the ultra-wide, the Pro models could also introduce a periscope zoom lens similar to what we see in Android flagships like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, along with the addition of sensor-shift optical image stabilization for all four models.

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The latter gives drastically improved image stabilization that improves video and photos in low light. It was first introduced with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and while rumors have pointed to inclusion across the entire iPhone 13 range, most agree it will be limited to the Pro models this year.

However, there may be some underlying issues. According to LeaksApplePro on Twitter, a source claims he’s had some “hands-on” time with both the iPhone 14 Pro and the Pro Max. The source states that the Pro models come with an upgraded 48MP main camera sensor, but the upgrade may have some issues when it comes to night mode.

The source points out that there is some “optimization to do with regard to the night mode”, and that it is “worse than the 13 Pro in that area”. Apparently there is a fair amount of noise when taking pictures.

Whether this claim turns out to be true? Time will tell. After all, the leaker says nothing about the upgrade of the ultra-wide cameras. Whatever the case may be, we’re just a handful of days away from seeing the iPhone 14 in all its glory.