The iPhone 14 just got rocked for a big front-facing camera upgrade

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Apple could equip the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro with an improved selfie camera, which could feature built-in autofocus. But the move could drive up the cost of the phones Apple is expected to release this fall.

That’s according to ET News, which reports that Apple has moved from a potential Chinese supplier to South Korean company LG Innotek. Alongside the Japanese company Sharp, the two manufacturers are expected to supply the front cameras for the new iPhones.

ET News cites insider sources, and with Apple supposedly gearing up to produce the next line of iPhones, there could be some weight to this tidbit of innovation. This also echoes previous claims from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

As mentioned, this new selfie snapper is expected to use in-camera autofocus rather than relying on software adjustment like current iPhones do. The front camera is also designed to have a wider f/1.9 aperture, which would be an improvement over the front camera’s f/2.2 aperture on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. A wider aperture can let in more light for more detailed photos, as well as better night shots.

This could be a big boost for people who like to take selfies in dark bars or clubs in the evenings, now that the world has returned to some semblance of normalcy after the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic. It could also mean that video recording and FaceTime calls are brighter; more light could pave the way for more balanced selfie shots and therefore more accurate skin tones. For YouTubers or TikTok stars, this could be a boon. (Be sure to check out Tom’s TikTok Guide while we’re on this.)

Selfie shots on the iPhone 13 lineup are generally pretty good and trail other smartphones on our best camera phones list. But there is still room for improvement. Ideally, more megapixels combined with Apple’s computational photography would be appreciated.

Based on the rumors so far, we expect the front camera of the iPhone 14 to remain with a 12MP sensor. With the iPhone 14 Pro slated to get a 48MP main camera, Apple’s focus on megapixels should remain on the rear camera array rather than the iPhone 14’s selfie camera.

However, widening the aperture and integrating autofocus on the front camera could lead to a three-fold increase in manufacturing prices for the cameras, which could then lead to higher prices for the iPhone.

Two of the four planned iPhone 14 models are set to see a $100 price increase, with a new $899 iPhone 14 Max model set to be introduced to complete a quartet made up of the standard iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. .

Speaking of the iPhone 14 lineup, minor upgrades are planned for the standard iPhone 14, with a tip to even get a hold of the A15 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 13, but with more RAM. The iPhone 14 Max is expected to bring a larger 6.7-inch screen.

Bigger changes are planned for the iPhone 14 Pro modes, with a new pill cutout and punch-hole design for the selfie camera and Face ID technology, plus an A16 Bionic chipset and improved rear cameras. But overall, expect to see an evolution and not a revolution in design and functionality, if and when the iPhone 14 lineup launches on the supposed September 13 date.

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