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iPhone 6s again predicted to get 12MP camera, but with smaller pixels

by Killian Bell | May 15, 2015May 15, 2015 5:05 am PST


Yet another report from another research firm is predicting the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will get a 12-megapixel camera upgrade later this year, but it may not be all good news. While pixel count may shoot up, one analyst warns pixel size will come down.

Apple has made small improvements to the iPhone’s camera with every iteration, but we haven’t seen a significant sensor upgrade since the Cupertino company introduced an 8-megapixel camera — up from 5-megapixels — with the iPhone 4s in 2011.

But that’s expected to change this year. After respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo promised a 12-megapixel sensor — among other upgrades — earlier this week, Kevin Wang, director of IHS Technology Research in China, has backed up those claims.

Wang warns, however, that while the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will have a much greater megapixel count, the size of the pixels themselves will be smaller. But we probably shouldn’t let that concern us too much at this stage.

Larger pixels can mean better photos in low light and less noise, but pixel size is just a small part of what makes a camera great — just like megapixel count. Just because they won’t be as big, then, it doesn’t automatically mean our photos won’t be as good.

The improved sensor will likely outweigh any drawbacks, and you can be sure that Apple wouldn’t deliver an iPhone camera that isn’t better than the one that came before it.

Other iPhone 6s specifications are said to include Apple’s next-generation A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, an improved Touch ID sensor, and stronger aluminum that should prevent another “bendgate.” We could also get a new rose gold color option.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...