Apple Plans to Lower Module Thickness and Cost of Future iPad Pro and iPhone Models

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Apple is currently working on something that aims to lower the module thickness of the iPad Pro and iPhone models. The tech goes by ‘Metalens,’ which is coming to replace the plastic lens covers. This new and more advanced technology is likely to first debut on the Face ID camera cover of iPad Pro.

At least, that is what Min-Chi Kuo, a reputable analyst, has reported. If Apple is successful in bringing the ‘Metalens’ to iPad Pro’s Face ID camera, the component will later make its way to iPhones. But the real question is, when could Metalens make its official debut?

Apple Metalens Is Currently in a Very Early Stage

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple Metalens is currently in its early stages. Even so, the analyst is very confident regarding his prediction. That is, he predicts that Metalens will not make its debut on iPhones before 2025. In other words, the iPhone 15 and even the iPhone 16 series might not come with it.

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Ming-Chi Kuo states that VisEra and TSMC are “critical process suppliers.” Among these two, VisEra is likely to be the beneficiary as it partners with Apple to offer this lens technology. And when the tech is in its full form, iPhone models might have a lower manufacturing cost than before. Wondering how?

Kuo states that Metalens is comparatively cheaper to mass produce than plastic lenses. Moreover, Kuo also claims the new lens technology is reasonably thinner than the current plastic lenses found in iPhone models today. This indicates that future iPhone models will be less chunky than the current models.

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And if things go right, we could see the change being in place pretty soon, starting with the iPad Pro. However, Apple might not acquire the component in mass supply in the first place. That is probably the reason why iPad Pro will be the only device that will feature the technology before 2025.

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