iPhone 6s Rear Camera Rumored to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor

iPhone 6 CameraiPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is expected to face limited earnings growth this year amid rumors that Apple's next-generation smartphone will retain an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor, according to Taipei Times (via GforGames).

The report cites Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu, who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models. Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year. [...] Pu said that although the migration to 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel lenses would remain strong among Chinese vendors of mid-tier and low-end phones, upgrades to 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses for flagship phones would be slow given the limited supply of CMOS sensors — used to convert light into electrons.

While details surrounding the so-called "iPhone 6s" remain limited, this report is consistent with Largan Precision's stock price dipping early last year amid rumors the iPhone 6 camera would retain an 8-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, it was reported in November that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could have the "biggest camera jump ever" with a dual-lens, DSLR-quality system.

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Top Rated Comments

mattopotamus Avatar
122 months ago
"I'm only upgrading from the X to the Xs for the better camera" - said nobody

actually a lot of people say that...
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unobtainium Avatar
122 months ago
More megapixels = more noise. Glad Apple isn't giving in to the dumb pressure to make a noisier, crappier camera. Smartphone sensors are not large enough to accommodate more megapixels without introducing a ton of noise.

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5S has the same megapixel camera as the 5. So...what tradition?

They haven't bumped the megapixels since the 4S for a good reason. At the tiny sizes of smartphone sensors, introducing more megapixels degrades image quality and makes for noisier pictures. Apple know what they are doing.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Skika Avatar
122 months ago
That would be a huge disappointment and break away from S tradition.
Maybe they will shrink the camera hump back into the frame.

Apple should keep the specs same too while they are at it.

5S has the same megapixel camera as the 5. So...what tradition?
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joe Rossignol Avatar
122 months ago
I love the iPhone's camera - don't get me wrong - but good god this must be a joke.

As evidenced by numerous camera improvements in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a higher-megapixel sensor does not always matter. Apple could still implement this rumored dual-lens, DSLR-quality system with 8-megapixel sensors on its next-generation smartphones.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
122 months ago
"I'm only upgrading from the X to the Xs for the better camera" - said nobody
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wahlstrm Avatar
122 months ago
Since storage is fixed, I don't think people would be to happy about running out of storage twice as fast just so their lowrez socialmedia sharings can have a larger original they will never use..

The amount of people who print larger than A3 (11.69 x 16.53 inches) from a phone are still quite few. :)

Give me the things the others don't: Dynamic range, correct colors, good lowlight performance and good IS.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)