The iPhone list for 2021 is still months away, but rumors of some major upgrades slated for the iPhone lineup in 2022 have already started to spin. TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a pretty solid record of predicting upcoming Apple products, has now predicted (via macrumors) Some major upgrades to the iPhone range are slated to roll out in 2022. The biggest one would be a switch to 48MP camera sensors, a first for Apple.
Apple has been using 12MP sensors for a while. You can currently find three 12MP sensors on the iPhone 12 Pro models and a pair of 12MP sensors on the Vanilla iPhone 12 and its mini sibling. Yes, even Android phones, which cost a quarter of an iPhone 12 today, come with a 48-megapixel camera, however Apple’s work with 12 megapixel cameras still provides arguably the best smartphone camera experience, especially when it comes to video recording. However, it seems like it is time to do the 48MP upgrade.
“In terms of pixel size, the iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and the new 2H22 iPhone are around 1.7um, 2um and 1.25um, respectively. We believe that the new 2H22 “iPhone” will support 48MP direct output and 12MP output (four cells merge output mode) at the same time. With a 12-megapixel output, the CIS pixel size of the new 2H22-iPhone 2.5 increases to around 2.5 µm, which is considerably larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 and larger than existing Android phones and close to the DSC level is. We believe the camera quality of the new 2H22 iPhone will take cell phone camera photography to a new level. “
According to Kuo, Only the more expensive Pro models of the iPhone 2022 series will be equipped with a 48-megapixel camera. It’s unclear whether Samsung or Sony will deliver the 48-megapixel sensor, but the pixel size is 1.25 µm, smaller than the planned 12-megapixel sensor on the iPhone 12 (1.7 µm) and iPhone 13 ( 2 um) for a debut later that year. However, the 48 megapixel sensor does a 4-in-1 pixel binning and combines four adjacent pixels to create a “super pixel” that is effectively 2.5 µm in pixel size. The larger a pixel, the more light it collects, which essentially means brighter photos with more detail.