Kuo: iPhone 13 to Come in Same Four Model Sizes As iPhone 12, Pro Models to Feature Major Upgrade to Ultra Wide Camera

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research note, seen by MacRumors, that details his expectations for next year's iPhone lineup, tentatively dubbed "iPhone 13," including some positive shipment predictions based on a number of factors.

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According to Kuo, the ‌iPhone 13‌ will come in the same four model sizes as this year's iPhone 12, but with some major improvements to the camera technology. Specifically, Kuo says the Ultra Wide cameras on the two high-end models will be significantly upgraded to f/1.8, 6P (six-element lens) with autofocus. All the current ‌iPhone 12‌ models are equipped with f/2.4, 5P (five-element lens) Ultra Wide cameras with fixed focus.

Looking further ahead, Kuo says he also expects all the new 2022 iPhones (tentatively called the iPhone 14 series) to be equipped with the same improved Ultra Wide camera with f/1.8, 6P and autofocus. Kuo states that Largan is likely to become the major supplier of voice coil motors (VCM) for the improved Ultra Wide cameras. It is expected that Largan will obtain about 70% of the VCM orders for the ‌iPhone 13‌ under the advantages of vertical integration of lens production and VCM, versus 50% of the ‌iPhone 12‌ series' Ultra Wide angle lens.

Kuo believes that shipments for the ‌iPhone 13‌ will increase year-on-year and offers a positive outlook for the supply chain due to several factors, including a more robust 5G infrastructure in 2H21, a return to the traditional September timeframe for ‌iPhone‌ mass production and sale, and the aforementioned significant camera improvements to ‌iPhone 13‌.

‌iPhone 13‌ rumors from other sources have been thin on the ground, although the notch on Apple's 2021 "‌iPhone 13‌" lineup may be smaller, according to one leaker. Display analyst Ross Young has also claimed the 2021 devices will come in the same sizes as the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ models, and will sport 120Hz-capable ProMotion displays, improved camera sensors, and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity.

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Top Rated Comments

koil Avatar
16 months ago
I would not be getting it anyway as I'm buying the mini this year, but I really hope they ship a Pro mini at some point.

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Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kerr Avatar
16 months ago
I really wish Apple would occasionally focus on something other than cameras :rolleyes:
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
16 months ago
a.k.a. iPhone skip
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kulfon Avatar
16 months ago
Add touch ID and I am sold
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
odedia Avatar
16 months ago

I won’t get An iPhone 13 because of the number. 13 means bad luck. They should skip it, like they did with the IPhone 9. ?‍♂️
In Judaism it’s actually considered good luck. Maybe they’ll call it the iPhone Bar-Mitzva ?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThomasJL Avatar
16 months ago
No Touch ID? Didn't Tim Cook learn anything? The iPhone SE (2nd generation) is sold immensely well this year, and Touch ID was one of the many reasons why. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely going to be around until a vaccine is available, which, at the earliest, could be middle or late 2021. Therefore, people will likely have to wear masks when the 2021 iPhone is released, and Face ID doesn't works with masks. Only Touch ID works with masks. What horrible leadership by Tim Cook if the 2021 iPhone lacks Touch ID!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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