The iPhone 14 will feature a more expensive “high-end” front camera with autofocus, partly made in South Korea for the first time, ET News reports.

Apple has reportedly ousted a Chinese candidate to choose LG Innotek, a South Korean company, to supply the front camera for the iPhone 14 alongside Japan’s Sharp. The company originally planned to switch to LG for the iPhone 15’s front camera, but moved the plan forward to this year.

The change is believed to be due to Apple reclassifying the front camera as a “premium” component and quality issues with Chinese suppliers. The new front-facing camera is said to cost nearly three times as much as the cameras on previous iPhone models.

The report echoed an earlier rumor from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claimed that the iPhone 14’s front camera will support autofocus for the first time. Kuo said all four ‌iPhone 14‌ models, including the ‌iPhone 14‌, ‌iPhone 14‌ Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max, will feature an improved front camera with autofocus and a wider aperture of ƒ/1.9.

A wider aperture would allow more light to pass through the lens and reach the front camera sensor on the ‌iPhone 14‌ models, which would improve image quality. Kuo said these camera upgrades could provide a better depth-of-field effect for Portrait mode photos and videos, while autofocus can improve focus during FaceTime video calls and Zoom. In comparison, the front camera of all iPhone 13 models has a fixed focus and a smaller ƒ/2.2 aperture.

LG Innotek is now said to be gearing up for mass production of the iPhone 14 front camera ahead of the device’s release in September.

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