We have talked about the front camera of future iPhones commenting on whether the notch would evolve into an elongated hole or even a combination between a round hole and an elongated one, but the iPhone has more cameras. New rumors suggest that Apple is preparing a deep draft change in the rear cameras.
A big improvement, but with some considerations
As published in TrendForce, Apple would be preparing the biggest change in the megapixels of the rear cameras in the history of the iPhone. More if we consider that the last increase in this specification was in the iPhone 6S. And what is it about? From making the leap to a 48 megapixel sensor.
“A 48-million-pixel primary camera is expected to be introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro series (tentative name) that Apple will launch this year, further reducing 12MP products to a 15% share by 2022.”
Thus, one of the three cameras located on the back of these future iPhone 14 Pro, would take a giant leap in the amount of resolution to offer. The information fits with that published by Ming-Chi Kuo, who last year already told us a couple of times about improvements in the sensor. “The standard rear cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48 megapixels, an increase of 4 times compared to the 12 megapixel sensor of the iPhone 12“, commented the analyst.
The end result could keep 12 MP, especially in low light conditions.
As we discussed at the time, this jump in the specifications does not necessarily mean that the iPhone will produce 48 MP images. It is very possible that the final result remains at the current 12 MPAs increasing the number of pixels without touching the sensor size can cause increased noise, as each pixel must be smaller.
This situation is even more noticeable in low-light conditions, so Apple may be considering the use of a technology called “four-cell combination output mode.” This is basically that the 48 MP of the sensor is grouped into groups of four pixels, which produces a high quality image at 12 MP.
It is true that Apple could choose to deliver the final result of the photograph in a 48 MP mode if the lighting conditions are sufficient. If this were the company’s focus we could enjoy great image quality in all lighting conditions, which would be an important advantage.
Remember, on the other hand, that a 48 megapixel image has a considerable weight. Taking into account that the vast majority of the photos we take are intended to be viewed on our own iPhone or, in the best of cases, on our television using AirPlay, the extra size could be reserved for RAW mode, for example. Without more details about the company’s plans for now, we will have to wait.
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