Last year, Apple gave the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max a nice camera boost over its smaller siblings, and we’ve already heard reports that the trend continues with this year’s iPhone lineup. The downside is that it looks like the camera bump might get even bigger as a result.
There is no doubt that better cameras require larger sensors, which require more space. This is exactly why the current iPhone 12 Pro Max sports camera lenses protrude 1.25 mm farther than those on the iPhone 12 Pro. It may not sound like much before you consider that all the iPhone 12 models are only 7.4mm thick without the camera bump.
In the case of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, this was done to make room for a 47 percent larger image sensor, resulting in a big boost for low-light photography. Since the lenses still had to be further away to accommodate the larger sensor, Apple was also able to push the larger iPhone’s optical zoom up to 2.5X rather than the traditional 2X zoom.
Not surprisingly, we have already heard that Apple plans to push the camera system even more on this year’s “iPhone 13 Pro Max”, and now a new series of leaked drawings shows us how much of an impact that is going to have on the camera module.
In a new video, EverythingApplePro shares a detailed look at the physical design of this year’s iPhones, based on alleged leaked CAD drawings of the new devices. The reproductions show this time that the camera module on the 6.7-inch iPhone model will be even larger in all directions.
Specifically, the drawings show that the camera module on all “iPhone 13” models will be almost perfectly square, but the one on Max will increase by 3.38 mm in height and 4.77 mm in width to a total size of 37.62 × 36 , 56 mm.
If these drawings are accurate, it is also expected to protrude 0.87 mm more than that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
As the specs only affect the exterior design of the upcoming iPhone models, there is no conclusive information as to why the sizes are rising, but it’s not hard to find out when considering other rumors about what we expect on this year’s largest iPhone , combined with the changes Apple made last year.
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously shared that Apple plans to pack a larger f / 1.5 aperture for the main lens along with some significant improvements to the ultra-wide camera, which is said to have a six-element lens with autofocus.
But since larger apertures actually do not require an increase in the size of the camera module, we have to assume that Apple has a lot more up its sleeve. Most likely this will be a further increase in sensor size plus the addition of sensor-shift optical image stabilization to the secondary cameras.
Last year, Apple brought the new sensor-shift optical image stabilization exclusively to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but only on the main wide-angle lens. Ditto for the much larger sensor. From what we’ve heard so far about the “iPhone 13 Pro Max”, it seems likely that Apple might also improve the sensors on the other lenses, providing a better shooting experience in low light across the board.
These latest CAD renditions also confirm another report earlier this week that the non-pro iPhone models are switching to an unusual diagonal camera layout. More markedly, it also appears that the LiDAR scanner will also remain exclusive to the iPhone Pro for at least a year, as it is not depicted in any of these CAD drawings either.