A new report today reflects earlier that this year’s iPhones – possibly called the iPhone 12S – will have a minor notch.
We expect the design of this year’s models to be very similar to the iPhone 12, but a MacOtakara report earlier this month suggested that Apple would be able to shrink screen hack …
The company has also changed the position of the top receiver to reduce the size of the TrueDepth camera, which can give a smaller notch on iPhone 13 models. Earlier rumors also claim that the entire iPhone 13 line will have the LiDAR scanner, not just the Pro models.
Today Digitimes The report gathers a number of supply chain reports of changes to the cameras in this year’s phones, including a minor notch.
Face ID will also change the design, the notch size will be reduced […] To reduce the notch size, Apple adopted a design change that combined the dot pattern transmitter and receiver into a single device, similar to the LiDAR scanner on the back of the iPhone 12 Pro models.
There’s a lot of technology in the notch on Apple’s current iPhone models:
Currently, the spot projector – the infrared transmitter – is on the right side of the notch while you are looking at the phone, while the infrared camera – the receiver – is on the left side. Combining these into a single module can potentially significantly shrink the width of the chin.
There have been a number of reports of improvements to the camera this year, especially in the ultra-wide lens.
First, Kuo expects the aperture to expand from f / 2.4 to f / 1.8. All other things being equal, it would let in more than twice as much light, and significantly improve performance in low light. In particular, it should allow sharper and cleaner night shots.
Second, sources indicate that the number of elements in the lens is increased from five to six. There are pros and cons to adding elements to a lens, but when a manufacturer takes an existing lens design and adds elements, this is usually done to reduce distortion, which is especially important in wide-angle lenses.
Finally, he expects the ultra-wide lens to get autofocus for the first time. The current ultra-wide lens has fixed focus. This may sound surprising, but is generally not a big problem in very wide-angle lenses, as they are mainly used for landscapes and cityscapes, where everything that is taken is far enough away to be in focus. However, switching to autofocus will be useful for closer wide-angle images.
Digitimes also suggests that optical image stabilization (OIS) will be upgraded on three of the models. There are two ways to implement OIS, by moving either the lens elements or the sensor to compensate for camera shake. Moving the sensor is better because it is lighter than the lens, so it can be more responsive. So far, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max has sensor-shift OIS, but today’s report claims that it will come to all four models this year.
The site also reflects previous reports that this year’s lenses will have more elements to reduce distortion, and goes on to suggest that Apple will upgrade the contact image sensor to increase resolution. Personally, I would look at the latter requirement as a sketchier idea, but it will be interesting to see if we hear the same from other sources.
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