Next-Generation iPhone Rumored to Adopt Thinner and Improved Front and Rear Cameras

In a new research note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple will be making significant improvements to both front and rear cameras on the next-generation iPhone, advances driven by a desire to decrease the thickness of the device and to improve compatibility with a new 16:9 display.

According to Kuo, the rear camera on the iPhone will remain at 8 megapixels, but the aperture will be increased from f/2.4 to f/2.2 in order to reduce camera module height by nearly 0.5 mm.

[A] number of components have required a slim-down. The component that will undergo the most dramatic make-over is the rear camera. Our research shows that iPhone 5 will feature the first-ever slimmed rear camera of all iPhones, in an effort to deliver an ultra-slim iPhone 5.

Meanwhile, to enhance photography effects, iPhone 5’s rear camera will feature a larger f/2.2 aperture than iPhone 4S’s f/2.4. However, larger aperture means more noises. In addition, the reduced thickness means even greater challenges for lens design and assembly, as not only the lens, but also the voice coil motor (VCM) and CMOS image sensor (CIS) need to be slimmer. Finally, the compact camera module (CCM) suppler, responsible for the terminal assembly, will be confronted by assembly yield.

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As for the front-facing camera, Kuo argues that Apple's move to a 16:9 display will drive a significant boost to HD quality for the front camera. HD offers the same 16:9 aspect ratio as the new display, as opposed to the 4:3 aspect ratio of the current VGA-quality FaceTime camera, and Apple will likely want to take full advantage of the device's new screen. In addition, moving the FaceTime camera to above the earpiece will allow for more centered images, improving the user experience.

The report also indicates that Apple is adopting flip-chip packing for the new front-facing camera, a process that will result in a thinner assembly and simplify lens production by moving the blue glass filter to the camera module itself.

Kuo has offered accurate information on a number of occasions in the past, relying on sources within Apple's supply chain to piece together Apple's product plans.

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Top Rated Comments

jclardy Avatar
126 months ago
Having a larger aperture means it lets in more light...which should mean less noise...
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacReloaded Avatar
126 months ago
Please no, the iPhone 4S is the right thickness to feel comfortable. Any thinner and it'll just be uncomfortable like the iPod Touch....

Keep the current thickness and use the extra room for a bigger battery.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacReloaded Avatar
126 months ago
Really? We're arguing over the name again in a thread about the camera?
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rafaltrus Avatar
126 months ago
I have a pretty good feeling the very next iPhone will be called just iPhone, just like Apple did with the iPad.
I always found these numbers to be unnecessary...

thinner(although not necessary) + wider + taller (latter two NOT exclusive) and I will but my first iPhone ;)
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dr McKay Avatar
126 months ago
With this logic, the iPhone 3GS is the iPhone4 and the iPhone4 is the iPhone5 making the iPhone4S the iPhone6. Everyone get ready for the iPhone7!!!

haha!

How? The 3GS was the 3rd iPhone, the iPhone 4 was the 4th iPhone.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
eyebex Avatar
126 months ago
Of apertures, noises and ISOs

However, larger aperture means more noises.
The statement is incorrect.

Larger aperture (2.2 represents larger aperture than 2.4) means more light will be able to reach the photosensor which means that lower ISO will be needed in any given light situation which in turn means reduction in noise.

Also, did they hire GWBush to write this? Will the new iphone have more internets, too.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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