The next-generation iPhone will feature a nice camera upgrade, but the iPhone 7 (or whatever its name is going to be) will be even more tempting for iPhoneographers, a person familiar with the matter within Apple’s supply chain has whispered to Business Insider.
What this means: As we approach the estimated launch date of the iPhone 6s, more and more sources point to a camera upgrade. As you may already know, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus incorporate an 8 MP camera sensor. Apple allegedly plans to upgrade the iPhone’s camera to a 12 MP sensor.
Apple is currently ordering suppliers to produce five-element lenses for the iPhone 6S that are designed to work with 12-megapixel camera sensors, a person within Apple’s supply chain told Business Insider. These components are said to be in the mass-production stage and are on schedule, this source said.
Although we haven’t seen the iPhone 6s yet, sources have already revealed Apple’s (possible) plans for the iPhone 7: On top of a 12 MP camera sensor, it will feature six-element lenses. This is an important upgrade, because lens elements are the layers of plastic that allow the camera to capture more detailed and complex information.
Apple currently uses five-element lenses with the iPhone. A six-element camera lens would mean more light would be absorbed, which would result in clearer, sharper images. But that’s reserved for next year. This year, Apple will allegedly use five-element lenses designed to work with a 12 MP camera sensor.