Apple’s next smartphone – the iPhone 6 – will reportedly have an 8-megapixel camera: the same sensor as the iPhone 5S.
According to new rumors this week, Apple won’t be bumping up its iPhone camera’s megapixel count for the next model in its smartphone range. The tip came from suppliers in China who claim that Apple will be working with the same camera sensor in the iPhone 6. The news has been met with some disappointment from Apple fans, who had been hoping that the iPhone 6 would be upgraded to a 13-megapixel or even a 16-megapixel camera.
However, the number of megapixels in the iPhone 6’s camera sensor only tells half of the story. Apple is apparently focussing on improving the quality of other aspects of its iPhone camera, including the autofocus and the optical image stabilization.
These rumors aren’t just provided by faceless sources, they’re also established by a patent application that Apple recently filed. The patent makes reference to ‘voice coil motors’ which use a complicated system of magnets to control the camera’s lens movements and allow users to snap photos more accurately.
More often than not, smartphone and tablet manufacturers increasing their cameras’ megapixel sensor is partly a marketing exercise. Most casual tech users don’t know much about camera quality beyond the number of megapixels, so that’s what the manufacturing companies focus on improving. It could be good for Apple to focus on all-round camera improvements and working on image technology but we’ll see come the next keynote.
In lesser Apple news, the Cupertino Company is reportedly planning to bring back the 8GB version of the iPhone 4 after it’s suffered a drop in sales over there. Apple struggles to get high sales in Asia due to the competition of Samsung and LG, but this new move could help to win some fans back.