iPhone 14 likely to get massive camera upgrades, Apple may discontinue iPhone mini models from 2022

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Apple is yet to reveal the iPhone 13 lineup this year, but reports of next year’s iPhone launch are already pouring in. A noted Apple analyst now suggests that the US tech major may completely eliminate one iPhone model from its lineup next year.

The information comes from renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. As per Kuo, Apple will not launch a 5.4-inch iPhone or iPhone mini as we know it in 2022. Instead, the company will offer varying specifications on its regular and big iPhones.

The 5.4-inch display size iPhone, however, will be available in the iPhone 13 range due to launch later this year. The launch will be the last light of the day for the mini-series.

The speculation is in line with the poor sales that the iPhone 12 mini has seen in Apple’s international markets. If the market performance is repeated this time, it won’t be a surprise that the iPhone 13 mini will be the last of its kind.

Other than the tip on the mini iPhone model, Kuo also revealed information on the other iPhones due to launch in 2022. These indicate a powerful camera upgrade on all the models, starting from the base variant.

As quoted in a 9to5mac report, Kuo stated that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would feature a 48-megapixels primary camera. This will mark a huge jump from the 12-megapixel sensors we see on iPhone 12.

Another reason for a much better camera output on the models will be the increased raw size of each pixel. As per Kuo, Apple is likely to up each pixel’s size to about 2.5um, much bigger than the 1.7um pixels used in iPhone 12. The phones will then be able to take in more light.

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Kuo does not mention any developments on the non-pro variants in the lineup. He does assure, however, that the 48-megapixels camera will be limited to the pro models only.

In addition to the image-capture capability, the iPhone 14 lineup will also see an upgrade on the video front. All models of iPhone 14 would support 8K video recording for the first time ever, Kuo states.