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Apr 12, 2001

Apple plans to add a 48-megapixel camera lens to the iPhone next year, followed by a periscope lens in 2023, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


In a research note today with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said these iPhone camera upgrades over the next two years will help to boost Taiwanese manufacturer Largan Precision's market share, revenue, and profit.

Kuo did not provide any further details, but he has previously claimed that the 48-megapixel camera will be limited to iPhone 14 Pro models and allow for 8K video recording, up from 4K currently. These high-resolution 8K videos would be suitable for viewing on Apple's AR/VR headset that is expected to launch next year, he said.

Kuo also previously claimed that iPhone 14 Pro models may support both 48-megapixel and 12-megapixel output, which would likely be achieved with a process known as pixel binning. Already in use on some Android smartphones, like Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, pixel binning could allow iPhone 14 Pro models to shoot 48-megapixel photos in bright conditions and 12-megapixel photos in low-light conditions to preserve quality.

Further ahead, Kuo reiterated his belief that at least one iPhone 15 model will gain a periscope lens in 2023, paving the way for significantly increased optical zoom. This lens would have folded camera optics, where light absorbed by the image sensor is bent or "folded," allowing for increased optical zoom while maintaining a compact design appropriate for smartphones.

Huawei's P40 Pro+ features a periscope lens with up to 10x optical zoom, for example, while iPhone 13 Pro models are limited to 3x optical zoom.

Article Link: Kuo: iPhone 14 Pro to Feature 48-Megapixel Camera, Periscope Lens Coming 2023
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macrumors 6502
Jan 24, 2012
The iPhone 13 Pro Camera does so much overprocessing, it is much outside of my comfort zone.
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Jan 13, 2020
coming in 2023???
What happen to a new iPhone in 2022??
Apple change the cycle on their phones now to match Macs?? Every 18 months??


macrumors member
Mar 30, 2018
You don’t need 48 megapixels for 8K capture [only 18]. I can see Apple putting a 24 megapixel sensor in there but not 48.


macrumors 68020
Apr 20, 2016
La Jolla, CA
Consider this, next year's 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max get the new 48 Mpx image sensor, while next year's NON-Pro models get the image sensor from this year's 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max ... i.e., the Sony IMX703 with 1.9 um pixels ! ...

which is better ?

which will sell better ?

48 Mpx has Zoom & low-light benefits over the IMX703, but for Everyday Use, the IMx703 is, IMO, the far better choice !

Also, 48 Mpx = (4032 x 2) x (3024 x 2) x 4 = 195,084,288 Bytes / Photo (UN-compressed)


macrumors G4
Oct 10, 2011
For photos I like to make, pixel count has never made much of a difference for me. There are so many more important things that go into the making of a good photograph.


macrumors 68040
Jun 8, 2009


macrumors regular
Aug 3, 2015
Great. I think the iPhone pictures look kinda bad the second you zoom in a bit, they lack a lot of detail and look very overprocessed. Hopefully this new sensor will help with at least one of these problems.
And you lose low light sensitivity with more megapixels. If you really need more megapixels and most people don’t, then buy a real camera.
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