KEY POINTS

  • iPhone 13 will have the capability to capture the dark, night sky
  • The camera will automatically switch to a special mode when pointed towards the sky
  • Apple notified its VCM suppliers to increase production by 30 to 40%

If rumors are to be believed, iPhone 13 will feature the astrophotography camera that will require an upgrade in the sensors. The lens upgrade reportedly puts pressure on the current VCM production.

Apparently, the new camera capability will require complicated camera setups, including sensors and lens upgrade, that currently puts pressure on the voice coil motor (VCM) production, MacRumors reported.

Astrophotography means the photography of astronomy. With this feature, iPhone 13 camera will have the capability to capture the distant sky.

The upgraded setting for Apple’s next flagship phone camera will have the capacity to detect different artifacts from the dark, night sky. Rumors suggest that the iPhone 13 will automatically switch to a special mode when pointed towards the sky.

The mode will enable the device’s camera to adjust its exposure accordingly and detect the moon, stars and other things beyond the clouds.

Reports claimed that the newest camera integration in iPhone 13 will be seamless, yet will demand a more complicated camera setup to work proficiently. The complicated camera setups that will enable the astrophotography function will require improved sensors and lens, according to leaks corroborating Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple Analyst.

Meanwhile, a recent report on the expected increase in the voice coil motor production seemingly confirmed the rumors on the iPhone 13 improved camera sensors and lens. Apple notified its VCM makers based in Taiwan to increase their production by 30 to 40%, Digitimes reported.

According to the Cupertino-based tech giant, this means they are expected to meet the company’s need to have a spike this year. Reports added that makers will feel the pressure on VCM production intensify, beginning July.

The anticipated Apple VCM shipment surge is expected to match the VCM shipped for the whole Android camp. The Android demand on the related component significantly dropped following the United States' sanction in Huawei leaving the companies shipping for Vivo, Xiaomi and Oppo.

MacRumors suggests that the iPhone 13 lineup will hit the market this fall as Apple moves back to its traditional September launch. The tech giant delayed its 2020 iPhone 12 release due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

iPhone 12 Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 on Oct. 13, 2020. Photo: Apple