According to a forecast by well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s upcoming iPhones might include an enhanced selfie camera with focusing capabilities and a larger aperture. An autofocus-enabled front-facing camera, unlike Apple’s current fixed-focus design, might allow the iPhone 14 to shoot sharper photographs regardless of how close or far you are from the camera.
A larger aperture — Kuo estimates f/1.9 vs. f/2.2 on the iPhone 13 — would provide some background blur and more light, making it somewhat better for nighttime selfies or FaceTime portrait mode.
Apple is expected to ditch the notch on the iPhone 14 Pro in favor of a hole-punch design, according to Kuo and others. While this means Apple will have to squeeze the better camera into a smaller location, it’s not an impossible task – Samsung’s Galaxy S22 has an autofocus selfie camera that resides inside a circular cutout. While Samsung has had autofocus front cameras for years, other manufacturers do not; the selfie cam on Google and OnePlus’ current flagships has fixed focus.
According to Kuo’s tweet, the enhanced front camera will be available in “four new iPhone 14 versions,” meaning that Apple will not utilize better selfies as a selling feature for its Pro phones (though that wouldn’t be surprising considering that superior camera systems have always been a staple of the Pro range). That’s encouraging news, especially in light of reports that the iPhone 14 Pro will be powered by A16-series processors, while standard versions would be powered by current-generation A15 processors, and that Apple will also increase the rear camera resolution for its higher-end phones.
While I feel the iPhone’s present front-facing camera to be perfectly adequate, it might need some improvement. With the iPhone 12, Apple added a night option to the selfie camera, but it hasn’t changed the aperture since the iPhone 6 (albeit that isn’t the be-all and end-all of quality).