Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared new insight into the upcoming iPhone 13 line. He says that Apple has tested five-lens camera lenses from Chinese supplier Sunny Optical. This, in turn, has increased the likelihood that the same company will supply seven-element lenses for the main camera module in new iPhones. Currently, orders for seven-element lenses are split between Largan, Yujingguang, and Kantatsu. They supply them to LG Innotek, which installs the lenses into the camera modules.
Kuo expects Sunny Optical to begin mass production of five-element lenses in the middle of the first quarter of 2021. Apple plans to equip iPad tablets with these lenses.
The analyst also notes that the ultra-wide-angle camera in the iPhone 13 line’s top models will receive six-element lenses with an f / 1.8 aperture and autofocus. Compared to the current generation, the entire iPhone 12 lineup is equipped with ultra-wide-angle cameras with five-element lenses, f / 2.4 aperture, and fixed focus. So the upgrade should be significant, especially when shooting ultra-wide in low light conditions.