The rumours have disappointed investors, who expected Apple to upgrade the iPhone’s rear camera to 13 megapixels, while others had anticipated 16 megapixels. Analysts at Nomura Securities, however, have heard that Apple will stick with an 8 MP sensor and tweak it with improved image stabilization.
According to Nomura Securities, Largan’s recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8 mega-pixel (MP) camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16 MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers. Apple’s decision is based on the design requirement to retain the handset’s more portable form factor, said Nomura Securities.
Whispers of a camera upgrade started to circulate early last year before the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Apple, however, decided not to upgrade; instead, it provided significant other changes, such as increased pixel size, and added a new True Tone dual LED flash.
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