The hardware components of future iPhones cameras will not change for a couple of generations of smartphones. This is reported by MacRumors, citing reputable insider Min-Chi Kuo.
According to Sunny, Apple is already looking for a lens supplier, which could be either Largan or Genius Electronic Optical. In addition to them, the company may consider the offer of Sunny Optical. Largan is ready to provide lenses at a price of 15-25% below the average market price.
That would put Genius Electronic Optical, a supplier of lenses for iPhones, at a disadvantage. According to Min-Chi, the company has certain production problems and simply won’t be able to invest in its modifications. So don’t expect any improvements until 2022.
Based on all this data, Min-Chi comes to the conclusion that the lenses of iPhones will not get any serious changes in the next year and a half or two years. That is, most likely, the next iPhones will get the same set of lenses and we won’t have to expect any periscopes.
However, the lack of changes in optics does not mean that the cameras will not change. The sensor is also involved in the creation of the picture, they are supplied by Sony, and Apple is also working a lot on computational photography.
In 2020, for example, the new iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max got the ability to record video in Dolby Vision, as well as a new model in which pictures are saved in uncompressed RAW format. In addition, all iPhones 12 received an updated third-generation SmartHDR.