If we take a quick look at Apple?s iPhone camera trend, we can assume that the Cupertino-based tech giant does not take megapixels as a key factor in delivering great image quality. Why? Because the present flagship model, the iPhone 6, still has the same camera sensor as the iPhone 4S released back in 2011. It seems that the company isn?t planning on breaking that trend for the upcoming iPhone 7 model, if recent reports prove to be true.
iPhone 7?s main camera stuck at 8-megapixels
While other smartphone makers are keen on producing handsets with as much megapixels as possible, Apple has refrained from competing in that department for some reason. According to Tech Radar, the device maker plans to pack an 8-megapixel camera sensor into the next generation Apple smartphone, be it the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7. This 8MP sensor was first included on the main camera of the iPhone 4S, and continued for later models such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and the current-gen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, we can?t say that these models? camera have not received any improvement over the year. They definitely have, just not on the megapixel category.
Speculations about the stagnant camera sensor of the iPhone 7 began when Jeff Pu, an analyst at Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting Co., spoke to Taipei Times and mentioned that he downgraded his financial expectations for Largan Precision Co. this year, an iPhone camera supplier. He cited the firm?s supposedly limited potential for growth because Apple isn’t upgrading the iPhone 6S’s camera sensor. Here is an excerpt from the Taipei Times post:
?Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan?s stock price higher in the second half of the year.
Pu said that although the migration to 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel lenses would remain strong among Chinese vendors of mid-tier and low-end phones, upgrades to 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses for flagship phones would be slow given the limited supply of CMOS sensors ? used to convert light into electrons.?
In conflict with earlier reports
Apple is known to be notoriously secretive when it comes to their unannounced models so details surrounding the iPhone 7 or 6S are extremely limited. For all we know, these iPhone leaks may just be a stunt orchestrated to get people talking about Apple?s next release. However, this news is consistent with reports that the stock price of Largan Precision plunged in 2014 amid speculations that the iPhone 6 would retain an 8MP main camera.
On the other hand, rumors surfaced late last year indicating that the iPhone 7 may have the ?biggest camera jump ever,” with Apple possibly furnishing the upcoming device with dual-lens and DSLR-quality system. ?This sounds somehow resembles the Duo Lens camera sported by the HTC One M8. In the HTC handset, a standard sensor is combined with an “Ultrapixel” sensor that allows more light to pass through in order to improve image quality.
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