Apple iPhone 12 range is already taking shape, but now exciting new details are coming to light concerning Apple’s 2021 iPhone 13.
The latest information comes from ‘Fudge’, the same Apple insider who recently leaked Apple’s controversial wireless charging plans and schematics of the iPhone 12 inside iOS 14 beta code. Now, Fudge has claimed knowledge of Apple proposed iPhone 13 camera hardware, and some of the specs are rather surprising
- Wide 1x optical zoom (6x digital zoom) 64MP
- Telephoto 3x-5x optical zoom (15-20x digital zoom) 40MP
- 64MP anamorphic lens (2.1:1)
- 0.25x min ultra-wide (optical reverse zoom) 40MP
- LiDAR 4.0
There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s take a closer look at Fudge’s predictions.
The suggested 64-megapixel main camera sensor backs up previous leaks and makes sense for Apple moving forward. The huge increase in resolution from 12 to 64 megapixels would provide the added detail required for an effective 6x digital zoom, while also allowing the use of a 4x pixel-binningtechnique for improved low-light performance at 16 megapixels
These two features alone would elevate Apple camera hardware into the same performance league as those currentlytopping Dxomark’s smartphone camera tests, all of which employ a similar combination of high resolution and pixel-binning. The concept of a “1x optical zoom” is a little harder to grasp, but I’ll take it to mean it’s a standard fixed lens with no optical zoom capability.
Moving on, the alleged 40-megapixel telephoto camera would also provide a serious boost to the camera’s overall zoom performance. In the DSLR world 3x-5x optical zoom would typically refer to a lens that can transition smoothly between 3x and 5x magnification, but in this case, I take the statement to mean a fixed magnification of somewhere between 3x and 5x. A 3x magnification is already tipped for the iPhone 12, so Fudge’s information is plausible in this case.
Conversely, a new 0.25x ultra-wide zoom would shoot twice as wide as the iPhone 11 (assuming the main sensor retains the same field of view as current models). The iPhone 11 already has one of the widest ultra-wide lenses available so, personally, I wouldn’t expect to see a lens anywhere near as wide as Fudge’s suggestion in the near future. The expected step up to 40 megapixels is more feasible but would not only represent another huge upgrade for the iPhone, but also deliver resolution far in excess of any competing smartphones.
Perhaps the biggest change, however, would be the addition of an anamorphic lens. A typical anamorphic lens, such as this add-on example from Moment, lends a widescreen cinematic feel to video, one of the iPhone camera’s key strengths. It’s possible that an anamorphic lens could deliver an extreme wide-angle format too.
This would certainly represent a unique selling point for the iPhone, however, a previous patent application from Apple suggests that any new anamorphic lens might instead form part of a new depth-sending LiDAR camera.
While some of these purported upgrades show potential in the light of what we already know, some of them currently feel like too much of a stretch, even with the advantage of a two-generation leap.
Fudge’s reputation for verifiable leaks is growing, but I agree with the leaker’s suggestion that these details should be taken with a large pinch of salt for now.
Only time will tell but, for now, all eyes are on the launch of the iPhone 12.