The front camera on the iPhone 14 will get a significant upgrade
The new "high-end" sensor could cost Apple three times more
The company is reportedly switching to LG Innotek for its front camera hardware
The Apple iPhone 14 series is expected to hit the market later this year and the rumour mills have already begun churning with leak after leak surfacing. Now, we have a new leak regarding the upcoming Apple iPhone 14's selfie camera. Reportedly, Apple is switching from their current supplier to a South Korean company for the hardware of the iPhone 14's selfie camera.
According to ET News, Apple will be switching to LG Innotek, a South Korean company, for sourcing front cameras for the upcoming iPhone 14. The company was already slated to supply the front cameras for the iPhone 15 series but Apple will reportedly be preponing the process. However, this upgrade may come with a price hike.
According to the report, this switch will turn Apple phone selfie cameras from a "low-end" component to a "high-end" one. This will reportedly cost the company three times more than the selfie cameras used on previous phones, including the iPhone 13.
Apple iPhone 14 to get a more expensive selfie camera
According to the same report we mentioned above, Apple cameras were majorly supplied by Japan's Sharp and an unnamed Chinese company. Sharp will continue its position as a camera supplier for Apple but LG Innotek will reportedly replace the Chinese company. There were some alleged quality assurance problems with the Chinese supplier which have caused Apple to switch to LG Innotek before anticipated.
The LG Innotek hardware is dubbed as "high-end" camera components, almost matching the quality of the rear cameras. The new cameras will reportedly introduce the autofocus feature to iPhone selfie cameras.
The report also mentions that the selfie camera supply will be split between Sharp and LG Innotek. While the autofocus feature is the only improvement mentioned in the report, speculations regarding other improvements such as a larger sensor and higher resolution are also rife.
The higher cost, however, will most likely pass on to the end-user and whether or not the improvements are worth the price bump is something we can only comment on once we review the device.
The iPhone 14 lineup is said to feature four smartphones – the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are reportedly set to feature a pill-shaped selfie camera cutout and will feature the latest A16 Bionic chip.