The iPhone’s Camera app currently comes with a Night Mode which helps make photos brighter when the camera’s software feels like the scene is a bit too dark. This is useful compared to using flash as flash, especially those built into our smartphones, are limiting and can result in photos that are very harsh.
However, according to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Thomas O’Malley, it seems that the iPhone 13’s camera could come with some hardware upgrades to make it even better at low-light photography. They claim that Apple is expected to change the aperture of its Ultra Wide camera lens from f/2.4 to f/1.8.
This is a huge jump as far as aperture is concerned, and typically when it comes to more traditional lenses, a jump like that is a big deal and usually results in a lens that’s even more expensive. For those unfamiliar, aperture determines how much light is let into the camera. A camera that has a wider aperture allows more light, which in turn can help boost a photo’s brightness in low-light situations.
This means, at least in theory, the iPhone 13 should be more capable than its predecessor at capturing photos in dimly-lit environments. The analysts claim that the changes will be applied across all four iPhone 13 models, which goes against analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions where he suggested that only the Pro models will be getting the upgrade.