iPhone 14 Pro to pack even more prominent camera bump due to bigger 48MP sensor

The iPhone 14 Pro camera should get upgraded from 12 to 48 megapixels. As a result, expect the already-prominent camera bump to become even more prominent.

Photo showing a closeup of the rear cameras on Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
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  • The iPhone 14 Pros should sport an upgraded main rear camera sensor, jumping from the current 12-megapixel sensor to an all-new 48-megapixel module.
  • A new sensor is larger to accommodate four times the pixels without suffering from drawbacks such as increased noise or poorer low-light performance occurring when you increase resolution without making the sensor bigger.
  • However, equipping the next iPhone with an even larger CMOS sensor will inevitably increase the size and thickness of the already-prominent camera bump on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models.

iPhone 14 Pro camera bump will be even more prominent

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Twitter said an upgraded 48-megapixel sensor is why the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models have a bulkier camera bump. Read: Essential tips for taking great photos with your iPhone

“The main reason for the larger and more prominent rear-camera bump of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is upgrading the wide camera to 48 megapixels versus the 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max,” he wrote. “The diagonal length of the 48-megapixel CIS sensor will increase by 25-35 percent,” he clarified while adding that the height of a 7P lens on the upgraded sensor will “increase by 5-10 percent.”

Why the iPhone has protruding lenses

The already-prominent hump on the back of current iPhones houses Face ID sensors, LED flash, LiDAR scanner and microphone. The analyst made the claim just a few days after supposedly accurate schematics for the iPhone 14 Pro revealed a bulkier camera bump versus that on the current models.

Even though the next iPhone is widely expected to boost its camera resolution, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be snapping up photographs with four times more detail. According to earlier rumors, Apple may utilize a technique called pixel binning that merges image data from four smaller pixels into a single larger pixel.

This improves picture quality and sensitivity in low-light situations.

Will iPhone 14 look any different from iPhone 13?

Although the iPhone 14 Pro is also expected to introduce changes to the notch layout (a punch-hole design with a pill-shaped cutout for the smaller TrueDepth camera parts), the rumor-mill thinks that the iPhones coming out in 2023, not in 2022, will bring significant design changes. All in all, the iPhone 15 models should have design features like a flush camera bump, under-screen Face ID, a titanium chassis and so on. Read: How to use Face ID while wearing a mask

The current iPhone design was introduced with the iPhone X back in 2017. So if you’re looking to upgrade this year from your rusty old iPhone X or newer to an iPhone 14 but are wondering how people will know that you’ve upgraded, it may be a smart idea to wait until the iPhone 15 launches in 2023.