iPhone 14 will have a more expensive “advanced” front camera with autofocus, partially made in South Korea for the first time, ET أخبار News reports.
Apple has reportedly ousted a Chinese candidate for choosing LG Innotek, a South Korean company, to supply the iPhone 14 front camera alongside Japan’s Sharp. The company is said to have originally planned to switch to LG for the front camera of the iPhone 15, but has moved the plan forward for this year.
The change is said to be due to Apple’s reclassification of the front camera as an “high-end” component and quality concerns with Chinese suppliers. The new front camera is said to cost nearly three times as much as the camera modules of previous iPhone models.
The report echoed a previous rumor from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that claimed that the iPhone 14’s front camera will support auto focus for the first time. Kuo said all four iPhone 14 models, including iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, will feature an upgraded front camera with autofocus and a wider f/1.9 aperture.
A wider aperture will allow more light to pass through the lens and reach the front camera sensor on iPhone 14 models, improving image quality. Kuo said these camera upgrades can provide a better depth-of-field effect for portrait mode photos and videos, while autofocus can improve focus during FaceTime and Zoom video calls. In comparison, the front camera on all iPhone 13 models has a fixed focus and a smaller ƒ/2.2 aperture.
LG Innotek is now said to be preparing for mass production of the iPhone 14 front camera ahead of the device’s September launch.
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