Apple’s next iPhones could have an improved selfie camera, with autofocus capabilities and a wider aperture, according to a prediction by renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Unlike Apple’s current fixed-focus design, an autofocus front-facing camera could allow the iPhone 14 to take clearer photos even if you’re closer or farther from the camera. A wider aperture – Kuo predicts f/1.9 compared to the iPhone 13’s f/2.2 – would add a touch of background blur and let in more light, making it slightly better for nighttime selfies or FaceTime portrait mode.
Kuo and others predicted Apple would get rid of the notch on the iPhone 14 Pro, opting for a punch-hole design instead. While that means Apple would have to squeeze the improved camera into a smaller space, it’s not an unprecedented challenge – Samsung’s Galaxy S22 selfie camera has autofocus and lives on the go. inside a circular cutout. It’s worth noting that, although Samsung has had autofocus front cameras for years, it’s not a common feature among other manufacturers; the selfie camera on Google and the latest OnePlus flagships are fixed-focus.
AF support and lower f-number can provide better shallow depth of field effect for selfie/portrait mode. What’s more, AF can also improve focus effect for FaceTime/video call/live broadcast.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) April 19, 2022
Kuo’s tweet says the improved front camera could come to “four new iPhone 14 models”, implying that Apple won’t be using better selfies as a selling point for its Pro phones (although that’s not wouldn’t have been a huge surprise, given that better camera systems have been a mainstay of the Pro line). That’s good to hear, especially amid rumors that the iPhone 14 Pro will get A16-series processors, while current-gen A15 processors will power the regular models, and that Apple will also up the resolution. of the rear camera for its high-end phones.
While I find the current iPhone front camera totally serviceable, it could probably use some attention. Apple brought its night mode to the selfie camera with the iPhone 12, but it hasn’t improved its aperture since the iPhone 6 (though obviously that’s not the end of the quality).