While many people have bitched and moaned about the iPhone range and how identical the devices are, it seems that Apple didn’t just adjust the iPhone 13 camera placement on the base models for looks. At first, users may think that the camera was moved from underneath one another to diagonally across simply for “switching things up”. But that is not the case.
You see, the iPhone 12 design, which is almost identical to the iPhone 13 models, includes the camera underneath one another to the left of the sensor. When Apple announced the iPhone 13 range, with the camera now moved to the right, people thought the company changed this position because it would be the only thing to set the design apart from last year’s phones. That is not the case.
In fact, the iPhone 13 camera system is a lot bigger than the iPhone 12. This is especially seen in the Wide Angle lens that now boasts sensor-shift technology. Previously, this tech was limited to the iPhone 12 Pro Max but the company has added it to the base iPhone 13 range this year. This new lens, and added OIS and sensor-shift tech is actually quite a chunky system. So much so that in order to fit the camera into the iPhone 13, Apple had to move it away from the top lens and place it diagonally across from it.
The company says on its site:
We designed a totally new architecture and turned the lenses 45 degrees to fit in our best dual-camera system ever — with its biggest Wide camera sensor. We also made room for our sensor-shift optical image stabilization. And we equipped the Ultra Wide camera with a faster sensor.
If you watched the Apple September announcement you might have missed this but here’s an image of the sensor in the device. As you can below, the lens is so big that it even overlaps the top ultra-wide camera slightly too. If it was underneath, it would simply not fit in the system.
Of course, while this is fascinating and all. Apple could have just made the camera bump a bit bigger to keep the lenses underneath one another. But then the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 range would definitely look identical unless put under the spotlight. Maybe this bit of information will help you understand that the rearranged camera is not just for the sake of tweaking the design but it is actually functional.