Whether you’re planning to upgrade or you simply could not care less the new iPhonethe wheels keep turning at Cupertino, as well as China and India, where your iPhone is actually made.
And completely in line with current Android trends, this year Apple is preparing for yet another set of camera-focused iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
Although the camera was actually in focus for last year’s iPhone 13 Pro, along with the amazing battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, this year is set to be something particular to Apple. Let’s see why …
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to get new 48 MP primary cameras
While there is nothing exactly groundbreaking about a camera resolution leap in the Android world, this will be a long-awaited change for Apple and its users.
As we have already discussed in several news and statements, this year’s iPhone 14 Pro gets the first camera resolution upgrade since the iPhone 6S (2015), when Apple jumped from an 8MP camera to a 12MP camera, primarily so the iPhone 6S could record 4K videos.
Dejavu or not, 2022 is the year that Apple shifts to a 48 MP primary camera on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to allow the iPhone to record 8K videos, but also use pixel-binding and ultimately even produce content that can be seen with Apple’s VR headset.
I discuss the above mentioned iPhone 14 Pro features and their future implications in this story, so stop by if you want to find out more!
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max: Apple users miss the best Android camera (again)
Zoom images taken with the Pixel 6 Pro’s periscope camera (using Action Pan). Clockwise – 8x, 4x, 8x, 8x.
But now to the topic of today’s story, which is that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max do not get long-range zoom cameras. Simple and easy.
For those unfamiliar, periscope zoom cameras (in modern phones) arrived in 2019 with the Huawei P30 Pro (which I still have in my drawer). Ever since then, Android phone makers have found themselves in a bit of one zoom rat race. This is why you may hear or read about manufacturers boasting performance such as “10x optical zoom”, “hybrid zoom”, “SuperRes zoom”, “moonshot” and more.
While thanks to its 3x and 10x zoom cameras, Samsung is Galaxy S22 Ultra wins when it comes to range and flexibility, my personal favorite zoom-er remains Google’s Pixel 6 Pro, which has a 48 MP periscope shooter that also happens to incorporate the largest sensor used in such a camera to date (shared with Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Huawei P50 Pro).
Why iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max do not get a periscope zoom camera
Too much innovation.
While there is technically no reason why the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can not incorporate a Pixel 6 Pro-like periscope zoom slider, there is a practical reason behind Apple’s decision to omit this camera, and that’s it. all. soApple.
In a nutshell, giving the iPhone 14 Pro series a new 48 MP primary camera, a brand new periscope lens for long-range zoom and a better ultra-wide angle shooting game sounds absolutely incredible, and this can definitely put the iPhone 14 Pro ahead of the Pixel 6 Pro and even Galaxy S22 Ultra when it comes to the overall camera package (considering Apple’s big leader in video quality).
However! all of this could lead to an uninspiring iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max camera performance in 2023, and it’s definitely something Apple is trying to avoid. As I suggested at the beginning, the primary differentiating factor between phones today seems to be the camera.
Yes, that’s why Apple likes to spread its exciting new features, and why insiders are now telling us that it will actually be the iPhone 15 Pro that gets a periscope zoom lens. I plan to discuss exactly what this camera might look like and whether Apple will potentially have to equip the iPhone 15 Pro with four rear cameras instead of three in a future story. Stick around!
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max: No periscope zoom lens – no buy?
I might go straight to the iPhone 15 Pro …
Although Apple’s reasons for saving the Periscope Zoom Camera Upgrade to iPhone 15 Pro are … reasonable at the business and marketing level, I am still somewhat disappointed with that result.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max come with the first redesign on the front since iPhone X in 2017. We expect a dual hole screen and although it does not look ideal, you can not deny that it is better than notch and also quite unique – it will give future iPhones some character.
Of course, the iPhone’s ultra-wide-angle camera needs to be adjusted to perform better in low light, and I would argue that Apple needs to turn back the sharpness and saturation in daylight images, but overall, the iPhone is probably the most reliable phone camera available today.
What I’m trying to say is that at this point, the long-range periscope zoom lens feels like the missing part of a beautiful iPhone puzzle. It’s not a gimmick-like depth-sensing camera or a dedicated macro shooter.
A long-range zoom lens can change how you take photos and videos with your phone forever, which may be why I might skip the iPhone 14 Pro and stick to my… iPhone 8, or get an iPhone 13 for my Pixel 6 Pro.
What about you? Would the omission of a periscope zoom camera affect your purchasing decision, or would the class-leading video quality and battery life expected to yield a return on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max be enough to convince you? Let me know!