Analyst “confirms” 12MP camera with smaller pixels for the next iPhone

Apple’s forthcoming iPhone refresh — presumably an ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ — is set for a major upgrade in the camera department as Apple has reportedly relented and decided to join the megapixel race with a twelve-megapixel iSight camera on the back of the new phone(s).

According to sources of analyst firm IHS China Chief Executive Kevin Wong, the ‘iPhone 6s’ will come with a 12MP camera, though will smaller individual pixels.

Wang has reportedly “confirmed” the twelve-megapixel iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus camera. Although smaller pixels would represent a step back from the large pixels on current iPhone cameras, Apple may employ several tricks to improve the next iPhone’s low-light performance, such as a more advanced image processing pipeline, a larger aperture and sensor size and more.

One source recently predicted that the next iPhone will have a dual-lens camera out the back with optical zoom rather than digital one, potentially enabling additional imaging improvements.

A smaller pixel size will lead to more noise in images especially in low-light, but Apple can try to offset this by going with a F/2.0 or F/1.9 aperture lens. It can also reduce noise due to the small pixels by going with a better camera sensor and an updated ISP.

It would have been ideal if Apple would have managed to increase the resolution while keeping the individual pixel size intact, but that would lead to a substantial increase in the camera sensor size. Nevertheless, iPhones are known for their camera performance, and Apple will definitely make other upgrades to the camera system that will drastically improve the image quality.

[Via Weibo]


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