Well-connected Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will sport the same wide-angle lens as the current iPhone 12 series.
In an investors note shared by MacRumors, Kuo says the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Pro will feature the same 7P wide-angle lens with a ƒ1.6 aperture as their respective iPhone 12 counterparts.
The larger iPhone 13 Pro Max will have a ƒ1.5 aperture wide-angle lens, a marginal increase compared to the ƒ1.6 aperture used on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Sunny Optical will be the new supplier for the 7P wide-angle lens, says Kuo, adding that mass production of the camera system could begin as soon as May.
Kuo expects demand for optical lenses for Apple devices to significantly increase in the next few years thanks to AR and Apple Car.
We expect Sunny Optical to successfully pass the quality verification of the 7P wide-angle lens order for iPhone 13. Because iPhone 13 mini, 13, and 13 Pro share the same f1.6 7P wide-angle lens (vs. 13 Pro Max’s f1.5 7P wide-angle lens), so Sunny Optical’s order is the most in-demand. We estimate that Sunny Optical will ship the 7P wide-angle lens of the iPhone 13 to LG Innotek as soon as May.
While it sounds as if Apple will basically stand pat when it comes to the iPhone 13’s wide-angle lens, there will be improvements to the ultra-wide lens. Barclays analysts say all four iPhone 13 models will include upgraded Ultra Wide lenses with a ƒ/1.8 aperture, vs. the ƒ/2.4 aperture on the iPhone 12.