Contrary to previous rumors claiming Apple would use an 8-megapixel sensor in its iPhone 6, a new report out of China says the Cupertino company will boost that up to 13-megapixels. Apple currently uses an 8-megapixel sensor in its iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c; other competing handsets, meanwhile, have moved onto into double-digit range. Though, as we’ve learned, it’s not always about more megapixels when improving the quality of a photo.
According to the latest rumor, the iPhone 6 will use the Sony Exmor IMX220, which boasts 13-megapixels and a 1/2.3-inch sensor capable of recording 1080p videos. The source of this report apparently has a solid track record when it comes to Sony-related rumors, so there could be a possibility we’ll see the change later this fall.
Rumors surrounding Apple’s iPhone 6 have varied wildly over the past few months, with recent reports claiming the device would sport optical image stabilization and others denying the use of that tech. The 5.5-inch model might be the only one to feature OIS camera technology. At this point, it’s difficult to ascertain which iPhone rumors can be believed, especially with the potential for two models—one with a 4.7-inch display, and one with a 5.5-inch display—later this fall.
Apple has always offered a strong camera experience, so it’s no surprise to hear the company is continuing to focus resources on making improvements. The iPhone 5s’ 8-megapixel camera still offers excellent quality, but one would imagine Apple is ready to move on to bigger and better things. We’ll find out some time in September, when Apple is rumored to launch its next flagship handset.