The iPhone 13 Pro might be able to capture ultra-wide Night mode images and zoom shots with greater clarity.
According to a new rumour, the iPhone 13 series will get better ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, but only for the high-end iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models.
According to a Barclays analyst’s investor note seen by MacRumors, the ultra-wide cameras could get better apertures, going from f/2.4 in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to f/1.8 in the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max.
This could boost low-light output, which was already enhanced in last year’s iPhones with the addition of night mode to ultra-wide cameras. Surprisingly, the aperture updates are apparently only coming to the higher-end iPhone 13 versions, not the lower-end iPhone 13 or the iPhone 13 mini (assuming one is coming).
This confirms a previous prediction by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted an ultra-wide camera with f/1.8 aperture update for the iPhone 14 due in 2022.
The iPhone 13 Pro could also get the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s better telephoto camera, which would improve the 12 Pro’s f/2.0, 52mm focal length equivalent camera to the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s f/2.2, 65mm focal length equivalent camera.
To put it another way, this will improve the phone’s telephoto clarity from 2x to 2.5x optical zoom.
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So far, this is what we know. The iPhone 13 features incremental updates once more.
This latest Barclays note encapsulates all we’ve learned about the iPhone 13 so far: the changes sound minor.
Most of its additions are welcome but not exciting, whether it’s a smaller notch and better cameras, Wi-Fi 6E, or LiDar across the board; heck, the most dramatic possible enhancements – in-screen touch sensors and 120Hz refresh rate displays – came to Android phones years ago.
The iPhone 12 series, on the other hand, was supposed to develop incrementally as well, despite the fact that the overall improvements were significant: a ‘mini’ version, camera hardware upgrades, a new raw picture format, and the MagSafe system for wireless charging and accessory attachment. But it’s anyone’s guess if the iPhone 13 line would have more dramatic features that will be hinted at and finally revealed.