comscore Apple iPhone 6S may see an upgraded 12-megapixel camera, but it's not really a good thing

Apple iPhone 6S may see an upgraded 12-megapixel camera, but it's not really a good thing


In line with what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed about the iPhone 6 a few days ago, another IHS China analyst Kevin Wong also reiterates that the next iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel camera, up from the 8 megapixels it has had since the 2011 launched iPhone 4S. Also Read - Common marketing gimmicks that brands should avoid to exploit consumers

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Since 2011, Apple has upgraded the iPhone camera with respect to its autofocus, aperture and video recording capabilities, but has kept its megapixels intact. Speaking in the general sense, megapixels capture details in a photograph, and more megapixels are always better. However, Apple has focused on making the size of each megapixel larger, instead of the number of megapixel – which in a sense is equally important. Also Read - Apple in tussle with Russian govt over App Store payment options

CNET tries to break it down further and highlights how experts have previously linked the way a megapixel captures light to buckets capturing water. “Imagine each megapixel is a bucket, and the light coming in is water. If you want to capture as much water as possible, it would be more efficient to use as many big buckets as possible rather than a bunch of small ones.

This is exactly what Apple has been doing since may years, increasing the size of each megapixel from 1.4 microns to 1.5 microns over the years. However, with its next iPhone, Apple is trying to ape its competitors and bump it up with a 12-megapixel sensor. Wong says on Weibo, that Apple will add more megapixels, but he also notes that they will be smaller, which means they may not be able to capture as much light – thereby compromising on overall image quality.

Other predictions about the next iPhone also include a new design, Force Touch technology, sapphire display, a new rose gold variant and a possible bump to a 2GB RAM. The new iPhone is touted to be called the iPhone 6S and will have big brother iPhone 6S plus, just like last year. We will know more in September, which is usually when Apple reveals its next iPhones.

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  • Published Date: May 19, 2015 2:55 PM IST
  • Updated Date: May 19, 2015 3:52 PM IST

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