iPhone 14 series selfie camera tipped to get upgraded, may come with autofocus

Apple has not introduced any major upgrades in the front camera since the iPhone 11 series.

Highlights
  • iPhone 14 series to sport a front camera upgrade with reworked optics
  • New aperture and autofocus technology to be part of the upgraded selfie camera system
  • iPhone 11 to be discontinued once the newer generation iPhone 14 launches 

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 series are tipped to get a newer and upgraded selfie camera setup as the flagship launches in September this year. This new development has been leaked by noted tipster Ming-Chi Kuo via a tweet on his account. As the launch of the 2022 series iPhone inches closer, rumour mills have picked up pace. Recently, the iPhone 14 lineup was tipped to get satellite connectivity for emergency situations, as well as a new 48MP rear camera module and a new set of processors. 

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The Apple iPhone lineup since the iPhone 11 series have been equipped with an f/2.2 fixed-focus 12MP shooter to tackle selfie and FaceTime duties. Only differences in the newer lineups have been based on computational power and the inclusion of higher levels of Smart HDR. 

iPhone 14 to get upgraded selfie camera: Ming-Chi Kuo 

Ming-Chi Kuo has yet again leaked a new set of information surrounding the selfie cameras that can be expected on the upcoming 2022 iPhone 14 lineup. According to the pro-tipster, the iPhone 14 series will finally depart from the existing camera unit that takes care of selfie and FaceTime duties on the iPhone 13, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 11. 

Apple has been shipping a 12MP (f/2.2) fixed-focus selfie camera from iPhone 11 onwards with yearly upgrades being derived from higher levels of HDR and high image processing power from newer chipsets. However, with the launch of the 2022 flagships namely the iPhone 14 series, it’s all set to change. Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 14 will benefit from a lower aperture of f/1.9 and also get an auto-focus system. 

These shall translate into real-world benefits while using the front camera setup on the new iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 should be more capable in focusing on objects and faces whilst in a FaceTime call/video call/live streaming session. Moreover, Apple could utilise the new aperture that would enhance the depth-of-field (blurring of background) to deliver a better Portrait Mode effect on the front camera as well. 

Kuo also mentions there will be four new iPhone 14 models in his tweet, despite rumours that Apple would be discontinuing the ‘mini’ version this series onwards. This is likely because the iPhone 14 mini may be swapped out for a new iPhone 14 Max, which could be a bigger version of the vanilla iPhone 14 with a larger screen and battery.

iPhone 11 to be discontinued soon 

In other news, Apple may soon discontinue the iPhone 11 from the lineup as the launch of the iPhone 14 comes closer. This new development comes in the wake of the iPhone SE 3’s weak sales. Apple might take the load off by discontinuing the ageing iPhone 11 as the device is similarly priced to the new iPhone SE 3. The iPhone 11 which was launched back in 2019, is currently priced at Rs 49,900 which is fairly close to the new iPhone SE 3 which is priced at Rs 43,900.