“People familiar with the matter have told AppleInsider that Apple will likely forego a high-megapixel camera in its 2014 iPhone offerings, in favor of tweaking other image-enhancing components,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “In other words, megapixels are less of a priority for Apple than overall image quality.”

“The current iPhone 5s is a good example of how Apple is not interested in playing the numbers game when it comes to camera sensor pixel count. Instead of boosting the number of pixels in the iPhone 5s camera, Apple enlarged each pixel’s size to 1.5 microns in diameter, a 0.1-micron increase from the iPhone 5,” Campbell reports. “The larger surface area increased the sensor’s light gathering capabilities by 33 percent compared to the previous iSight rear facing camera. Outside of the camera sensor, Apple refined the iPhone’s optics package to allow for greater light transmission. The 5s brought a faster f/2.2 lens group into the mix, offering better low-light performance and improved image quality.”

Campbell reports, “This does not mean that the next-gen iPhone will stick with the same 8MP iSight camera as the iPhone 5s and 5c, but may suggest Apple is planning a more conservative upgrade route.”

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