Apple’s CEO Tim Cook appeared on 60 Minutes segment on Sunday night. In a conversation with Charlie Rose, he answered some of the interesting questions. The episode also revealed an interesting detail – Apple has more than 800 engineers working to perfect the iPhone camera. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
While it may seem like a lot for one piece of hardware, the camera module is actually made up of 200 pieces, reveals Graham Townsend, senior director of camera hardware at Apple. He adds, “…to capture one image, there’s actually 24 billion operations going on.” Townsend also took Rose on a tour to Apple’s camera testing lab where the team of engineers and other specialists were working on it. Also Read - Apple TV+ free trial will now be available for 3 months instead of a year: What to do?
The iPhone’s camera module has more than 200 individual parts. Townsend also demonstrated various simulated conditions for testing the camera performance, right from sunsets to indoor lighting. While other manufacturers do perform similar tests, the size of Apple’s team does show how important the camera is for Apple. That’s not all; Apple also has an ad campaign to specially highlight iPhone’s camera and improvements the company has made over previous version of the iPhone. Also Read - Apple Beats Studio Buds launched: AirPods for Android devices
Inside the camera module, Apple has four tiny wires, each of them are half the width of a human hair. These wires create a “microsuspension” for the camera parts, which absorb the shaking movement, thus getting rid of blurry shots.
The recently launched iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came with much-needed upgrade in camera resolution from 8-megapixels to 12-megapixels. The front-facing selfie unit has also seen an upgrade from 1.2-megapixel to 5-megapixel. Unlike the earlier iPhones, the new iPhones can also record 4K videos.