A very small technical improvement on the iPhone 13 Pro Max's camera will bring great advantages in night photos and to the bokeh effect.
The cameras of the upcoming iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will be almost identical to those of the respective models of the current iPhone 12 series, but those of the iPhone 13 Pro Max will not. Well-known market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is convinced of this, after listening to several of Apple's suppliers.
This is both good and bad news for Apple fans, as the iPhone 12's camera lenses are already great, but the upgrade will only come for the more expensive flagship model. Those who expected an improvement of the cameras on the entire future range of Apple smartphones, therefore, will be disappointed while those who are waiting for iPhone 13 to buy a camera phone of absolute level are already rubbing their hands. To be more precise, however, according to Kuo the real difference will be mainly on the iPhone 13 Pro Max's wide-angle lens.
iPhone 13 Pro Max: the new lens
According to Ming-Chi Kuo the iPhone 13 Pro Max's wide-angle camera will have an aperture of f/1.5, while the rest of the range will stop at f/1.6. That's not an abysmal difference, of course, but what it relies on to take better night photos and a more accurate bokeh effect.
Like current iPhones, however, the wide-angle camera on all iPhone 13s (not just the Pro Max) will mount 7P lenses. That is, with seven layers, to maximize captured light while simultaneously reducing chromatic aberrations. Kuo also predicts that Apple will bring the 7P setup to all rear lenses on iPhones in the coming years, not just the wide-angle cameras.
iPhone 13: when it arrives
If there are no hiccups iPhone 13 will arrive in September 2021. According to Kuo, there shouldn't be any at least as far as the supply of 7P lenses is concerned, which will be done by Sunny Optical.
The Chinese company is reportedly ready to pass quality tests for its 7P lenses and should soon enter Apple's supply chain. If all goes well, the company will start shipping 7P wide-angle lenses for the iPhone 13 in the second quarter of 2021.
Finally, according to Kuo, no major improvements to the electronics and algorithms dedicated to handling photos and videos will come with iPhone 13. Those of iPhone 12, after all, are already among the best on the market.