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'iPhone 13' same size as iPhone 12, gets improved ultra wide cameras says Ming-Chi Kuo

Mockup of an "iPhone 13"

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Typically reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the "iPhone 13" range will consist of the same four sizes as the iPhone 12, but it and 2022's models will see significant upgrades to the Ultra Wide cameras on the higher end phones.

As the pre-orders start for the iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting a return to the regular launch schedule for "iPhone 13," plus some first specifics about what to expect in 2021 and 2022's iPhones.

In a note to investors seen by AppleInsider Kuo notes that "iPhone 13" range will again see four models. Each of the four is expected to be same sizes as in the current iPhone 12 range.

However, where each of the iPhone 12 models have the same Ultra Wide camera, the "iPhone 13 Pro" and "iPhone 13 Pro Max" will see an improvement. Currently the iPhone 12 Ultra Wide camera is a f/2.4, 5P lens.

If Kuo is correct, the two higher-end "iPhone 13" models will instead feature an Ultra Wide lens that is f/1.8, and 6P. Instead of the current fixed 13mm focal length, this would include variable autofocus.

Exploded view of Apple's current camera system (source: Apple)
Exploded view of Apple's current camera system (source: Apple)

According to Kuo, that improvement is to be retained for 2022's "iPhone 14" range, too. What may change is the mix of suppliers providing components for these cameras, with Kuo predicting that Largan will manufacture the needed voice coil motors that move the lenses.

Even as the iPhone 12 range pre-orders were reportedly greater than those for the iPhone 11 models, Kup expects more for next year's phones. He predicts that a return to the regular September unveiling of new models will be contribute to increased sales.

Plus Kuo believes that 5G will be more established by September 2021. While Apple introduced 5G with all models of the iPhone 12, the cell companies' infrastructure for the faster service is lagging behind expectations.