The iPhone 14 is likely to receive a major front-facing camera upgrade, according to a recent report, but a new report suggests it will cost Apple a pretty penny.
South Korean edition alien news (by using MacRumors) believes that Apple engaged LG Innotek to develop a front-facing camera sensor with autofocus capability; for the first time in the history of the range.
The report describes the new camera as “high-end” and claims that Apple is pushing the improvement forward after initial plans to include it in the 2023 iPhone 15. The move is in part because Apple has concerns about the quality of the options. from Chinese suppliers.
“According to industry sources on the 22nd, Apple recently decided to install LG Innotek products for the first time on the front camera of the iPhone 14, which is scheduled for release in September. Apple notified its key partners about this. LG Innotek has begun preparations for mass production of the iPhone 14 front camera.”
However, perhaps importantly, the report also states that the particular part costs Apple three times as much as the sensor in the iPhone 13.
Whether or not this will be the value that Apple will seek to pass on to the consumer remains to be seen, but if other components also rise in price, we may see Apple raise prices on top iPhone models this time around.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the iPhone 14 with an autofocus front camera. Last month, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that all four flagship models will offer a new selfie camera, but will also feature a wider f/1.9 aperture.
Autofocus will help with portrait mode selfies, Kuo predicts, but will also be great for FaceTime video calls and livestreams.
The iPhone 14 is expected to arrive in September 2022 alongside iOS 16. The latter will be unveiled at WWDC 2022 next month.