IPhones cameras still come with a slew of upgrades, but the iPhone 13 could take it to a whole new level if the latest report is correct.
According to DigiTimes, Apple has put increased pressure on its suppliers for key camera lens components. So much pressure that orders are expected to overtake the entire Android market.
Apple has reportedly given notice to Taiwanese companies responsible for moving coil motor (VCM) production to increase capacity. Apparently Apple is in so much demand for the components that it needs a 30-40% increase.
Sources have apparently told DigiTimes that there will be significant upgrades in the various imaging technologies of the iPhone 13, which justifies the increase in the number of VCMs. This includes Face ID’s camera modules and 3D sensors. At the same time, demand from Android makers has reportedly declined, especially with U.S. sanctions still being imposed on Huawei devices.
VCMs, for those who don’t know, are key components in helping camera lenses focus. So the more camera and sensor lenses you have that need to focus, the more VCM it will take to get them to work.
What camera upgrades will the iPhone 13 get?
We expect plenty of camera upgrades on the iPhone 13 lineup, especially the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. According to previous reports, this includes a new 6-element ultra-wide-angle lens on both Pro models, larger sensors and apertures, sensor-shift stabilization, and a new “folded-lens” camera that uses a periscope camera to enhance the optics of the iPhone 13 zoom capabilities.
Rumors also suggest that Face ID and the front camera will have a smaller footprint, which in turn would mean a smaller notch. The rear camera lineup is also said to be larger, with early renderings and leaks suggesting the rear lenses will be larger than those in the iPhone 12 lineup.
To top it off, rumors suggest that Apple could follow Google’s lead and roll out some astrophotography upgrades to the iPhone 13 to improve the quality of night sky photos. Not to mention the possibility of having LiDAR sensors on the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini, which has caused a lot of ink to flow.
Combine all of these upgrades and Apple will need a significant number of camera components including VCM.
Such a surge in demand also suggests that Apple is preparing to produce a lot of iPhone 13s this year. The only question is whether the iPhone 13 range will be able to break the records already set last year by the iPhone 12 range.