Rumor has it that Apple will retain the existing 8 megapixel camera and instead focus on improving image quality.
Anyone who knows cameras knows that megapixels aren’t the best scale of judging a camera’s performance: more megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. Sure, more megapixels might be good for marketing sound bites, but to really pull in consumers, companies have to back up sound bites with actual performance.
This could be Apple’s plan for the iPhone 6. The iPhone 5S comes with an 8 megapixel f/2.2 rear camera. Previous rumors have suggested that Apple’s next flagship smartphone might have a 10 megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture. Apple is apparently going to focus a lot more on improving the lens system and image quality this time around, latest rumors suggest that it’s going to stay far away from the megapixel race. On the other hand, its competitors are either opting for 13 megapixel or 16 megapixel camera sensors.
It took a similar line with the iPhone 5S, enlarging each pixel’s size by 0.1 microns to 1.5 microns. The f/2.2 lens group introduced with iPhone 5S brought better low light performance and also improved image quality without requiring a bump in megapixels. It’s possible that Apple intends to use swappable resin lenses for the iPhone 6. Rumors also suggest that Apple may include Optical Image Stabilization as well, a feature that’s already found in several devices launched by its competitor. OIS reduces motion and blur in photos and videos.
Despite all these rumors, it can’t be said for sure exactly what Apple is going to do. Apple, as always, has chosen not to comment on any rumors. Until official word drops, one can’t be sure of what the next generation iPhone begins. If Apple sticks with its release cycle, the new iPhone won’t make an appearance until Fall 2014.