Kuo: Largan to Ship 'High-End' Camera Lenses for 'iPhone 12' From Mid-July

Apple's upcoming "iPhone 12" will feature "high-end" lens arrays in the rear camera to improve image quality, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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In a new research note seen by MacRumors, Kuo says Largan will supply the premium camera lenses to Apple for the phones from mid-July, although Apple has received the same components slightly earlier in the last couple of years.

Production has reportedly been delayed by four to six weeks in the second half of this year, which will see peak lens shipments fall between September and November, compared to August-October in the past.

Kuo doesn't mention the reason for the delay in his note, but the global health crisis is likely to have had an impact. Apple is still expected to announce the iPhones in September, but rumors have claimed that some iPhone models might not launch until October or November.

Kuo's latest note doesn't specify what kind of "high end" lens will be used in the ‌iPhone 12‌, but in a previous note he claimed that the 6.7-inch ‌iPhone‌ model will feature multiple rear camera improvements, including larger sensors that capture more light for better image quality.

Apple is expected to launch high-end 6.7 and 6.1-inch iPhones with triple-lens cameras, and lower-end 5.4 and 6.1-inch iPhones with dual-lens cameras. Previously, Kuo has said he expects the 6.1 and 5.4-inch iPhones to go into mass production in September, while mass production on the larger 6.7-inch ‌‌iPhone‌‌ will be delayed until October because of its more complicated design.

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Top Rated Comments

itsmilo Avatar
9 months ago
Revolutionary. I thought they’d include low end camera lenses
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
9 months ago

If the rumors are correct though this will make all the now existing mobile phone camera sensors look like low-end, they're gonna put some massive sensors in them and at the end of the day the camera sensors have very little room for improvement except increasing the actual size of the sensor because generally bigger sensor = better quality.
I can't wait. Photography is my life. And for the last five or so years my camera of choice is the one that's always with me, my iPhone.

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Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JacobHarvey Avatar
9 months ago
Waiting for the full mini cooktop of camera lenses. 3 ain't quite enough
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
9 months ago
I agree that zooming is where phone cameras need improvement. Optical zoom usually requires physical depth, which the super-thin iPhones don’t have. So far, digital zoom has been pretty underwhelming. It will be interesting to see if and how Apple can innovate in that area.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
9 months ago
Fairly sold on the ‘squared’ 5.4 design, regardless of what camera lens is used.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darngooddesign Avatar
9 months ago

I agree that zooming is where phone cameras need improvement. Optical zoom usually requires physical depth, which the super-thin iPhones don’t have. So far, digital zoom has been pretty underwhelming. It will be interesting to see if and how Apple can innovate in that area.
Periscope zooms, which were on some compact cameras decades ago, allow zooming without depth. They are already on a couple of phones.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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