iPhone 14 series camera specifications revealed, ‘mini’ line reportedly discontinued in 2022

Apple will still launch iPhone 13 mini later this year though, despite poor iPhone 12 mini sales

Highlights
  • iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will reportedly launch with 48MP primary cameras
  • All four iPhone 14 models are said to feature 8K video recording
  • Apple is reportedly planning to launch two regular iPhone 14 models in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens and two Pro models with displays of the same sizes

The 2022 Apple lineup with see some exciting changes, including long-awaited upgrades in camera resolution, according to noted TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apparently Apple is planning to upgrade the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models with 48MP camera sensors, a massive jump over the 12MP lenses used on the current lineup (and expected to continue on the iPhone 13 series). On the other hand, the iPhone 14 series will reportedly mark the end of the 5.4-inch iPhone mini. Instead, the Cupertino giant will offer entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone 14 as the entry-level model in next year’s lineup.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max camera details

  • 48MP primary cameras
  • 2.5micron pixel size for more detail and less noise
  • 8K video recording

According to Kuo, as reported by 9to5Mac, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature 48MP sensors on the primary lens. However, it’s not necessary that the images these phones will shoot will be 48MP in resolution. Instead, Apple may use a smart scaling algorithm that will deliver 12MP photos but with more details and less noise than what you see on shots captured using the current model. The pixel size on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models will also go up from 1.7micron (in iPhone 12) to 2.5micron; the iPhone 13 series will reportedly have 2micron pixel size. This upgrade will help in reducing noise in the photos.

It is not clear yet whether the standard iPhone 14 models will also be upgraded to 48MP primary sensors. However, Kuo does say that all four models in the 2022 series will support 8K resolution, a first for Apple even though Samsung and Xiaomi already offer the feature on their flagship smartphones.

iPhone ‘mini’ line to be discontinued

iPhone 12 mini is the smallest model in Apple’s flagship lineup and features a 5.4-inch display

Launched the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini was designed to appeal to compact phone enthusiasts, but it seems like there weren’t enough takers. While we already knew that Apple has axed the production of current-gen iPhone 12 mini, rumours of the iPhone 13 mini launch in 2021 still gave hope for the lineup. However, Kuo says 2022 will not see any ‘mini’ model.

However, Apple will still have offer four iPhone 14 models in total next year: two regular models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen sizes and two high-end Pro models with the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch panels. While Kuo hasn’t mentioned anything about their branding.

Also read: This iPhone 11 Pro comes with a rare mistake, sells for nearly three times the original price

iPhone 13 Pro leaked design

Separately, 91mobiles has exclusively shared renders of the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro, revealing the flagship’s entire design in its full glory. Firstly, in line with the reports, this year’s iPhone will have a smaller notch compared to the iPhone 12 models. The company has reduced the notch by moving the earpiece above the sensors. The iPhone 13 Pro will retain the boxy frame and triple rear cameras. It has a bigger square-shaped rear camera module compared to the one on the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone will measure 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.6 mm and may have a similar 6.1-inch display.