A photo shows an iPhone 13 Pro in a case designed for the iPhone 14 Pro, showing how imposing the photo sensors will be this year.
Korean blog Naver (via Gsmarena) just posted several photos showing an iPhone 13 Pro in a case designed for the iPhone 14 Pro. What to appreciate several differences (and similarities) with the current generation. Overall, the iPhone Pros that will be presented on the sidelines of the keynote on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, retain a form factor and design features similar to the iPhone 13 Pro.
An image of the edge of the shell confirms that Apple will not change the “flat edges” design launched with the iPhone 12 generation. The shell still embeds MagSafe technology which means that a priori all MagSafe accessories launched since the iPhone 12 will work with the iPhone 14. And the cameras are still placed in this strange zigzag arrangement.
This iPhone 13 Pro in an iPhone 14 Pro shell gives an idea of the imposing size of the photosensors
However, we quickly see that everything does not correspond. The silent mode selector, and probably the side buttons are not exactly in the same place. This is not surprising, since it is often the case when comparing two generations of iPhones. Besides, there has never really been a standard shell compatible with several different generations of Apple smartphones.
On the other hand, an interesting piece of information clearly emerges from this image: the photo sensors. These were already quite impressive on the iPhone 13 Pro – but they will be even bigger this year. The set of main sensors on the back of the smartphone will also gain surface area. Apple will likely give a detailed official explanation for this increased size during the iPhone 14 keynote.
But in the meantime, we can guess several reasons for this development. First, we know that Apple will equip the iPhone 14 Pro with a new 48 Mp ultra-wide angle sensor (compared to 12 Mp on the iPhone 13 Pro). The sensor is, inside the casing, physically more imposing. Above, Apple has presumably improved the lens system, the visible, external part of the sensor.
It is possible that Apple has thus preferred to harmonize the size of the other two photo sensors for purely aesthetic reasons unless improvements that have so far escaped rumors are announced tomorrow. In any case, it is clear, in the light of these photos, that the sensors will all visually have exactly the same size.
Even if the photo module takes up more than 50% of the available space horizontally on the back of the smartphone. Finally, note that overall the photo sensors of all premium smartphones (Android included) tend to grow over generations. It must be said that the smartphone photo compensates for the small size of these sensors and lens systems with a lot of AI and processing.
Conversely, professional digital cameras are capable, thanks to much more imposing optics and sensors, of taking shots that remain, especially when looked at closely or when making enlargements, more beautiful, and detailed. and balanced, all with comparatively much less post-processing.
The whole question now is how far manufacturers can go in this evolution – and where really is the middle ground to optimize mobile photography on premium devices.