So far, most of the iPhone 14 Pro camera rumors have focused on the main sensor, which will reportedly jump from 12MP on the iPhone 13 Pro to 48MP this year, but it looks like the ultra-wide snapper could get a big upgrade too.
According to Ming Chi Kuo (opens in new tab) — an analyst with a great Apple information track record — in a tweet discovered by Apple Insider (opens in new tab), the company is using pixels larger than 1.4 µm in the ultra-wide camera of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This is up from 1.0µm pixels on current models.
This new camera will have pixels that are about 40% larger, and that means this camera should perform much better in low light as larger pixels can capture more light.
So while we don’t currently expect a megapixel boost on this sensor – with 12MP looking likely – there could be a big upgrade in other ways.
As always, we’d take leaks like this with a pinch of salt, but now we’re just a week away from the September 7 launch of the iPhone 14 lineup, and so close to launch the leaks tend to have a high degree of accuracy.
Analysis: Telephoto may be left out of updates
It looks like the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max cameras could be a big improvement, with big changes coming to the primary and ultra-wide snappers, and 8K video recording is also rumored to be included.
But what about telephoto? So far, most signs suggest that there will be no significant updates. That means you can probably expect a 12MP camera with 3x optical zoom once again, and that’s a spec that looks increasingly dated.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – and several other Samsung phones – offer 10x optical zoom, while even the Pixel 6 Pro offers 4x optical zoom, and there are plenty of other examples of Android phones that can zoom in further than Apple’s.
Still, we can only wait another year for Apple to start catching up, as there’s talk of a 5x zoom camera coming to the iPhone 15.