Everyone is waiting for the iPhone 8 to be announced on September 12, but Apple is already beginning to work on components for next year’s devices. The iPhone 9 could have more pixels in its camera than any of its predecessors.
Apple, according to DigiTimes, signed a deal with Largan Precision to create camera modules featuring lenses exceeding 12 megapixels. Apparently the Taiwanese-based manufacturer of the component is the sole company meeting Apple’s requirements. It recently built a new facility opening in October that can create 600 million lenses every month. With the demand Apple’s iPhone has every year, it’s necessary to be operating in a facility capable of large production capacity.
The new facility isn’t going to be running at full monthly production capacity until the fourth quarter, though. Only small-volume production begins next month. With that in mind, Largan Precision should have no problem creating enough camera modules for Apple’s iPhone 9 expected in late 2018.
If Apple decides to go above 12MP for the camera, it’ll be interesting to see how far the company goes. For years the company watched as its counterparts raced to raise the number of megapixels in a lens. Instead of joining that race, Apple focused on areas like the size of the sensor.
It could be that, for the iPhone 9, Apple has made a breakthrough where it can improve the size of the sensor and thus fit more megapixels.