Apple Takes Early Step Towards iPhones With 'Above 12-Megapixel' Rear Cameras

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Apple reportedly has booked production capacity for "above 12-megapixel" camera lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens maker Largan Precision in Taichung, Taiwan, according to DigiTimes.


The report, citing "market rumors," claims Largan is the only supplier that can meet Apple's minimum yield rate. The new factory is reportedly designed to accommodate monthly production of 600 million lens modules.

Largan will allegedly start production in October 2017, suggesting the camera lens modules could be destined for future iPhone models released in 2018 or later, rather than the so-called iPhone 8 this fall.

It is widely rumored that the iPhone 8 will have a vertically-aligned dual-lens rear camera, with optical image stabilization for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but no credible rumors have surfaced about its quality.

Apple improves its iPhone cameras each year, so an increased megapixel count of some kind is certainly still possible this year.

Apple's latest iPhone and iPad models, including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, are all equipped with 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras and 7-megapixel front-facing cameras.

Keep in mind that megapixels don't always matter, as even a TV or monitor with 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3,840×2,160 pixels only has roughly 8.3 megapixels, which isn't enough to display a 12-megapixel photo at full resolution.

Nevertheless, if this rumor is accurate, then perhaps we'll see an iPhone with a 16- or 18-megapixel rear camera or higher in the future.

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Keirasplace

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The iPhone Edition BETTER have a much better camera than the iPhone 7
I mean a $1000+ should
What does it have to do with this?

My Canon G16 has 12MPx and its a much better camera that any smartphone on earth so this is kind of a non sequitur.
If they can keep the noise down in such small pixels that's OK, otherwise its useless. Getting more Mpx of noise is not giving you more actual info.
 

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Nevertheless, if this rumor is accurate, then perhaps we'll see an iPhone with a 16- or 18-megapixel rear camera or higher in the future.
A 18-megaxiel camera is going to be awesome, specially with a wider aperture. Morepixels produce better low light photos and the more pixels you capture, the more you can crop out.
 
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More pixels -> smaller pixel -> less light -> lower voltage -> more noise -> worse images.

Also the relative low quality of minuscule lenses puts a limit on the sensor resolution.

Ways to lower noise:
1. More light -> slower shutter speed or wider aperture.
2. Backlit sensor -> chip structures no longer obscuring light path.
3. Binning -> combining pixels either on-chip, in readout electronics, or in software.
4. Cooling -> could be done with a Peltier element.

1 and 2 are already done.
3 could be an option to get lower noise low-light images, but it reduces the final pixel count.
4 Would be 'cool' to have a tiny Peltier element in our iPhone. But because you'd need a vacuum sensor chamber to prevent moist buildup, this is rather impractical.
 
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For me, possibly due to having shakier hands than most, better optical image stabilization would make the most improvement in my photos. I didn't often get great pictures with my iPhone 5s and I thought OIS in the iPhone 7 would change that. I didn't realize there are varying levels of OIS. My Canon S110 (a point and shoot) works much better for me and is only 10 megapixels.
 
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I would still like to see more actual units/lenses/sensors being used individually and them combining data to achieve a higher quality finer result.
This may be stupid, but what would it be like if you had 3 units right nest to each other, with 3 sensors, each just capturing seperatly red, green and blue light?
 
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What does it have to do with this?

My Canon G16 has 12MPx and its a much better camera that any smartphone on earth so this is kind of a non sequitur.
If they can keep the noise down in such small pixels that's OK, otherwise its useless. Getting more Mpx of noise is not giving you more actual info.
That's why he wrote "better camera" and not "more megapixels."
 
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More dynamic range and a much improved low light and high ISO would be my preference. Those are areas in which the iPhone is absolutely lacking compared to cameras with larger sensors and for sure more pixels don‘t help in this regard, quite the opposite.
Completely agree, I was hoping Apple would stay out of the megapixel race and focus on image quality.
 
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A 18-megaxiel camera is going to be awesome, specially with a wider aperture. More pixels produce better low light photos and the more pixels you capture, the more you can crop out.
Not necessarily. However larger pixels, as in a larger sensor, can dramatically improve low-light (or high ISO) performance.
 
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The iPhone Edition BETTER have a much better camera than the iPhone 7
I mean a $1000+ should
Agree. If I were to single out any one feature that I'd want all of that extra budget to go towards, it would be that camera because it's always in my pocket. They've come so far and I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of improvements they can bring with a high-end model. Although I can't help but think that we won't see anything substantial until next year aside from maybe laser auto focusing and improvements to portrait mode.
 

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You expect apple to use 1/2 sensor now with the new iPhone and bigger pixels and aperture for the price of the new iPhone, they've used 1/3 senors for a while now without upgrading
 

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More dynamic range and a much improved low light and high ISO would be my preference. Those are areas in which the iPhone is absolutely lacking compared to cameras with larger sensors and for sure more pixels don‘t help in this regard, quite the opposite.
This.
No need to pack more MP in the iPhone, we need better low light pictures. I'm quite happy with my the pictures I take with my iPhone but there is room for improvement in low light, and I hate using the flash even if their dual tone is good so I really want to take my pics without it whenever possible.
And I'd say dual camera should be standard, even on the 4.7 model. We already pay a premium price for that, it is a shame we have to pay $100 more and have a bigger display just to get the dual camera
 

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And I'd say dual camera should be standard, even on the 4.7 model. We already pay a premium price for that, it is a shame we have to pay $100 more and have a bigger display just to get the dual camera
I don't disagree that the dual camera would be appreciated for both iPhone models. But that's what gives the Plus model the separation of having the more premium features for the larger model. I think if Apple included the dual camera on the 4.7 iPhone, it would partially take the exclusivity factor Away from the Plus model, being Apple Wants the consumer upgrade to the larger, more expensive model.

In retrospect, look at last year How Apple
marketed the iPhone 7. Almost all of their marketing went directly towards the dual camera in the iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't see any marketing geared towards the 4.7 iPhone. Apple wants the consumer to see the full potential of what the Plus model can offer with the dual camera. But it's also a favor if someone wants a larger 5.5 iPhone as well, which Apple tries to compel those to do.
 
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So what you're saying is that we might want that 512GB model if we have photogenic cats and want to take lots of pictures?
 
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12 is more than enough but more megapixels won't hurt either.

What I want to see is more Optical Zoom, I know it's physically difficult for such a thin device but Apple have too much cash and engineers to do everything even if it is impossible! :p
 
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