Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPhone to feature 12-megapixel camera

“Earlier this week, an analyst with a great Apple track record has predicted that the iPhone 6s line-up will feature 12MP cameras, now another source from a reputable company whose main purpose is to know things like that has made a similar claim … with a twist,” Vlad Andrici reports for G For Games.

“Today, Kevin Wang (IHS Technology Research Director, China) has ‘confirmed’ that this year’s iPhone 6s duo will come with higher megapixel cameras (yep, 12MP),” Andrici reports. “However, Kevin claims that the pixel size will be smaller.”

“If you know a thing or two about photography, you probably know that bigger pixels (and thus lower pixel density) usually means better low-light pics with less noise,” Andrici reports. “However, just like the Megapixel count is not telling the whole story, so does not the pixel size as there are many other variables at play (like sensor size and the image processing pipeline).”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. I’m hoping that Apple’s previous efforts to improve low light quality will not be lost as they move to a new sensor. One can hope that their track record of getting the most out of the sensor will continue.

  1. The one thing that higher MPx cameras give is a better digital zoom when cropping. This is why the Samsung ads always zooms in when comparing to show you how much clearer the image is.

    It’s true, it’s clearer, because there are more MPx. And I’ll be honest, although the iPhone ecosystem around cameras is great and the 240fps is amazing, Samsung’s latest cameras are very, very good.

  2. Hmmm. I thought I read a few months ago that Apple was moving toward double sensors, or lenses, or some such, in lieu of higher density single sensors, to use the iPhone computer to enhance the image?

    The images my iPhone 6 takes are great for my purposes, a good compromise between quality image and file size. Better low light imaging is always good but, for me, not if it doubles the file size consumed on my available iPhone storage.

    My iPhone is a consumer device for casual pictures. I’d rather use my iPhone’s storage for apps, music, books, and an occasional movie.

    1. I’ve not heard about “double sensors”. Not quite sure how that would work.

      Based on the recent acquisition of a company involved in image processing, Apple may possibly choose to incorporate into the camera system a dichroic prism to separate the incoming light spectrum into the primary components of red, green, and blue wavelength ranges. Each of the three “colors” would then be directed to its own respective image sensor, and a graphics sub-processor would then merge the data from the three sensors into a single file.

  3. MDN repeatedly claimed that number of pixels doesn’t matter — so is this is good thing now that Apple finally intends to join the rest of the pack, MDN?

    John, if Apple does it right, you should be able to save your file in whatever resolution you wish even if your camera has more than an old 8MP sensor.

    It will be interesting to see, however, if Apple users will be able to find that control, since Ive loves to hide these things. And if high resolution is turned on by default, then it won’t take long for iCloud to break as people attempt and fail to be able to share UHD videos. Or maybe it’s just another step in Cook’s wet dream to have every iPhone user be forced to subscribe to monthly server fees.

    If Apple wants to please its users, it would bump up memory on all its iOS devices for free. 128 GB memory with a higher resolution camera on an iPhone would be annoying as hell.

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