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  • Apple May Keep 8MP Sensor for iPhone 6 Rear Camera


    While most Apple loyalists prefer it when Apple upgrades every conceivable component in products when refreshes are announced, Apple may stick with the 8MP sensor for the next-gen iPhone 6 rear camera.

    Sources tell The China Post today that Apple currently has no plans to boost the resolution of the rear camera for the next flagship iPhone. Instead, Apple will focus on improving optical image stabilization. So while the hardware may stay largely the same, the quality of its function will be improved.

    According to Nomura Securities, Apple decision to hold off on upgrading to the 16MP sensor was based on the design requirement to "retain the handset's more portable form factor."

    Today's report did not provide specifics with regard to when consumers can expect the iPhone 6 to drop, but most industry analysts and supply chain sources believe that Apple will stick with its fall release cycle and introduce the next flagship in September or October of this year.

    Source: The China Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple May Keep 8MP Sensor for iPhone 6 Rear Camera started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Which is also why I don't see them doing a five inch screen. Apple isn't trying to, nor does it need to conform. Keep the sleek slim build as is.
    1. sladyrko's Avatar
      sladyrko -
      We all know how Apple does the things.. With iPhone 6 we will see nothing more than bigger screen size... In 6S we'll see bigger camera sensor and MAYBE iOS 8.. This is how Apple works.. You will never get all you need in one time. And it's all about making more and more money, and I am Ok with that :-)
    1. magoo657's Avatar
      magoo657 -
      The screen sizes are fine, I don't know why people complain?

      Size* The 5, 5S, 5C are good sizes not ones below that...
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      ^^That is any hardware of software business' model. If you give the consumer everything in one offering, what do you have left to offer them? While the updates are incremental, the 5S is far better than the 5 to IMHO. Same will be the case for the 6/6s. We all know by now that the S model is where its at. Most of us just cannot seem to wait for it haha..that is not Apples fault but our own desire to have the newest. I am happy with all of my Apple purchases to date..keep them coming.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      More MP does not mean better photos. This has been said many times. Get better optics, larger sensor, larger aperture opening (lower F number). More MP just means larger files sizes. 8MP is also an 8x10 photo at 300dpi for consumer printing.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Is this wise with a 41mp Windows phone?
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      No it's not wise at all. When they see their sales go down they'll wise up & quit procrastinating w/ upgrades......I only upgrade b/c the quality of camera. If they don't upgrade the camera then what's the point of upgrading your phone?...yes they may make it faster but that's not enough for someone to but the new phone....
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      We all know how Apple does the things.. With iPhone 6 we will see nothing more than bigger screen size... In 6S we'll see bigger camera sensor and MAYBE iOS 8.. This is how Apple works.. You will never get all you need in one time. And it's all about making more and more money, and I am Ok with that :-)
      True, so true
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      No it's not wise at all. When they see their sales go down they'll wise up & quit procrastinating w/ upgrades......I only upgrade b/c the quality of camera. If they don't upgrade the camera then what's the point of upgrading your phone?...yes they may make it faster but that's not enough for someone to but the new phone....
      Everything I have read says they are only keeping it as an 8MP sensor. There are so many other things that could be upgraded that will create better pictures. They could still put in a larger 8MP sensor or create a larger aperture opening. The larger aperture would allow in more light so more detail on each picture. It would also increase low light performance. That update would be much more useful than more MP.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      No it's not wise at all. When they see their sales go down they'll wise up & quit procrastinating w/ upgrades......I only upgrade b/c the quality of camera. If they don't upgrade the camera then what's the point of upgrading your phone?...yes they may make it faster but that's not enough for someone to but the new phone....
      Why do you need a 41mp camera?
    1. BUcLAo69's Avatar
      BUcLAo69 -
      Hahaha... I agree @bigboyz and yeah keep it coming Apple! Apple ROCKS!!! The screen size on the 5, 5S, and 5C is simply stunning amazing indeed, but, a little bigger doesn't hurt I guess at least about 4.5 inch or maybe 4.7 inch is fine by me because I have small hand.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i would be fine with 8MP still if they upgrade the sound of the iphone and maybe gets beats by dre in there or some superior sound, and bump up the ppi and go back to being the true retina screen iphone where everyone is in aww. I think with iPhone 6 apple will include a lot more features then just a screen size bump because its the full number so it will be a pretty big change i just cant wait. also would like more camera software inclusions like standalone cameras have to further increase the beauty of iphone pics
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      i would be fine with 8MP still if they upgrade the sound of the iphone and maybe gets beats by dre in there or some superior sound, and bump up the ppi and go back to being the true retina screen iphone where everyone is in aww. I think with iPhone 6 apple will include a lot more features then just a screen size bump because its the full number so it will be a pretty big change i just cant wait. also would like more camera software inclusions like standalone cameras have to further increase the beauty of iphone pics
      You know beats is just a simple EQ setting right? All beats does is set the default EQ to be really flat and dull, when you ‘turn on’ Beats is just changes the EQ setting to a more traditional v-curve to highlight the bass and treble.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      More MP does not mean better photos. This has been said many times. Get better optics, larger sensor, larger aperture opening (lower F number). More MP just means larger files sizes. 8MP is also an 8x10 photo at 300dpi for consumer printing.
      Thank you.

      If there's one thing I wish the average consumer knew, it's that higher megapixels is not synonymous with better image quality. In many cases, higher megapixels can actually degrade the image quality (introduce more noise).
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Id like to see the screen a little bit wider so the keys on the board are easier to type
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      8MP is just fine for the sensor size, but Apple will need to bump the video recording to 4K is they want to sell a device that produces video capable of being shown off on those 4K monitors they're selling with the new Mac Pro. And while we are at it, how about 120fps 1080p recording too. It requires the same buffer speed as 4K at 30p, after all.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Stupid decisions like this, is exactly why Apple is losing market share every single day to android. Maybe if Apple upgraded their megapixels on these cameras, we would actually be able to use the "zoom" feature on these phones. More pixels would produce a sharper image when zooming into something, as of right now they looks like ****. If it wasn't for apples ecosystem, their stock would be in the shitter.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Stupid decisions like this, is exactly why Apple is losing market share every single day to android. Maybe if Apple upgraded their megapixels on these cameras, we would actually be able to use the "zoom" feature on these phones. More pixels would produce a sharper image when zooming into something, as of right now they looks like ****. If it wasn't for apples ecosystem, their stock would be in the shitter.
      Digital zoom sucks regardless of how many megapixels the sensor has. I never use the zoom feature on my iPhone and on my point and shoot the digital zoom is disabled.