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Apple's 2022 iPhone series to bring 8K recording but no iPhone Mini

Not even Apple can make compact smartphones viable.

Published onApril 14, 2021

Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Max camera 3
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  • The 2022 series iPhones may feature improved camera hardware, according to a renowned Apple analyst.
  • Four iPhones will reportedly debut, but the iPhone Mini will not return in 2022.
  • Apple’s 2023 iPhones may pack in-display Face ID tech with periscope cameras.

Although this year’s iPhone series isn’t yet out the door, news of Apple’s 2022 iPhones has now broken cover courtesy of reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note to analysts quoted by MacRumors, the analyst reportedly suggests that Apple will improve the series’ camera credentials and give up on its iPhone Mini project.

The 2022 iPhone offerings may instead feature two 6.1-inch devices and two 6.7-inch devices. Two of these models may serve a lower price point while two compete in the proper flagship arena. The 5.4-inch iPhone will likely reappear this year. However, Apple will not build another compact phone in 2022, according to the analyst.

The iPhone 12 Mini is one of the best (if only) flagship-level small phones one can buy. Despite this, it reportedly hasn’t sold as well as its siblings. As a result, Apple apparently cut its production output in early 2021, per a Nikkei Asia report.

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2022 iPhone camera improvements

While it now seems unlikely a compact iPhone will launch in 2022, the phones that do debut are seemingly due for significant camera improvements.

Kuo suggests a 48MP camera sensor will headline the H2 2022 iPhone series. The snapper is set to use four-in-one pixel binning to produce 12MP shots, and may also be capable of shooting in 8K video.

As for the 2023 iPhone series, Apple will reportedly introduce additional features like in-display Face ID tech. Kuo also suggests that periscope cameras will only debut in 2023, after initially slating their arrival in 2022.

What are your thoughts on the 2022 iPhone series? Should Apple ditch the iPhone Mini model? Vote in our poll above, and be sure to leave your comments below.

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