Next-gen iPhones to sport 12MP rear camera sensor with smaller pixel size?

Next-gen iPhones to sport 12MP rear camera sensor with smaller pixel size?
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Apple may be pushing for the first major upgrade to the rear camera sensor of its iPhones later this year.

According to Kevin Wang, IHS Technology Research Director of China, he has "confirmed" that the upcoming iPhone models will be equipped with 12-megapixel rear camera sensors. However, the individual pixel size will be smaller.

With Android flagship smartphones such as the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 sporting better imaging hardware, it makes sense for Apple to increase the megapixel count of its iPhones to keep up. However, the alleged decision to go with smaller pixel sizes raises some eyebrows as Apple famously favoured larger pixel sizes during the launch of the iPhone 5S.

In the world of photography, larger pixels allow the camera sensor to capture more light and this will improve overall image quality especially under low light conditions. Assuming that the report by IHS Technology is accurate, Apple probably has its reason(s) for doing so.

This isn't the first time Apple is rumored to be giving a huge upgrade for the iPhone camera. In February 2014, Chinese website IT168 reported that Apple was exploring a 10-megapixel camera module with an aperture of f/1.8. Earlier this year, sources in the Asian supply chain claimed that the next generation iPhones will sport dual-lens design for the rear camera. Just two days ago, KGI Securities released a report detailing that the upcoming iPhone will be equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor.

Source: Kevin Wang (Weibo) via GSMArena

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