According to a new note from Dan Ives via Wedbush, seen by Barrons, Apple plans to announce the iPhone 12S series in the third week of September. The new phones are rumoured to have a feature never seen in an iPhone before; autofocus.
Having the iPhone Release event on the 14th would fall in-line with exactly how Apple typically releases products; (earlier in the week to allow the media to cover the products throughout the week). This would also raise the possibility of Apple releasing the MacBook Pro alongside the iPhone at a September event. However this is unlikely to happen as the MacBook Pro would steal the limelight of the new iPhone.
This year's iPhone release feels very different to the release of the iPhone 12. It is unlikely that this years iPhone will cause waves in the industry like last year as it is expected to be a more incremental update to the flagship phones; focusing more on a new camera system for the Pro-Model phones.
We don't expect to see a new iPhone release before iOS 15 has had time to die down after its public release in the fall, however it is likely that the new iPhone could be announced just a few months after the public release of iOS 15.
A new camera system?
In an investor note obtained by MacRumors this past weekend, Ming-Chi Kuo said the high-end models of the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup, i.e. the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, will be featuring an upgraded ultra-wide camera with autofocus.
Currently, the high-end iPhone models; the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, have a fixed focal ultra-wide camera. Compared to a fixed-focused lens in ultra-wide mode, autofocus on an ultra-wide lens would help ensure your subject is clearer with sharper images, regardless of the distance between you and your subject.
Kuo has also stated that the iPhone 13 could feature other camera improvements, including improved low-light performance, thanks to lens verification improvements and intensified competition in Apple's camera supply chain, according to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Looking more long-term, Kuo today shared additional information on the iPhone 14, destined for 2022. According to Kuo, while autofocus on the iPhone 13 ultra-wide camera will be limited to the high-end Pro models only, Apple plans to expand autofocus for the ultra-wide camera to all four models of the iPhone 14 lineup.