If you just need a new smartphone and you like to rely on its camera, it might be worth a little more patience.
New iPhone in the starting blocks
Even if you are not in the Apple universe, you should be aware that a new iPhone comes onto the market every fall. After all, this is the 15th time this has happened. Apple has now officially confirmed the date when the iPhone 14 will be presented along with the other offshoots and perhaps additional products such as a new Apple Watch. So it will be on September 7th. Enough time, then, to recap the latest rumours.
No iPhone 14 Mini, but a Max instead
First of all, we have to determine which devices are presented at all. After the “mini” version of the iPhone could not show particularly high sales figures, it was stamped out after two generations. In addition to the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, it is now replaced by an iPhone 14 Max without the “Pro” suffix. That means those who prefer a bigger screen but don’t need more power or better cameras finally have a cheaper option to choose from.
First pixel binning in the iPhone
While you are elsewhere (for example at MacRumors) can provide you with excellent information about all the hardware innovations in the iPhone 14 series, we especially want to bring you closer to the improvements related to the cameras. The Pro models in particular can expect a blatant change. For the first time, Apple is using pixel binning, which has long been ubiquitous in the Android world. Instead of 12 MP for each sensor, which Apple has maintained for years, the main sensor has 48 MP. Effectively, 12 MP photos are taken again, since four pixels are combined into one through pixel binning. Better results can be expected under poor lighting conditions.
More open aperture for wide angle and selfie camera
So the Pro models will get the 48 MP camera, but improvements on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will probably be more subtle. It is speculated that the much more open aperture of the ultra wide angle with f/1.8, which can be found in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, will find its way into the iPhone 14. The iPhone 13 had an aperture of f/2.4. The front camera should also let more light through thanks to an aperture of f/1.9 instead of f/2.2. It remains to be seen whether there are technical differences in terms of the front camera between the normal and Pro versions of the iPhone 14. What is quite certain, however, is that the pros will say goodbye to the iconic notch and replace it with round or oval cutouts.
Triple magnification remains maximum
Finally, we can say something that we are unlikely to expect: greater optical magnification. So far, the third camera of the Pro iPhones has been limited to three times magnification, although competitors such as Samsung now offer five or even ten times magnification thanks to periscope technology. Apple is still refraining from this for the time being – but next year it could look different.
Are you following the launch of the iPhone 14 (Max) and iPhone 14 Pro (Max) with excitement or are you not interested in the Apple smartphones anyway?
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