Apple will reportedly upgrade the next-generation iPhone’s camera to 13 megapixels, according to a fresh rumour from China. Earlier this year, reports coming from China suggested that Apple wouldn’t jump into the megapixel race and would continue to use an updated 8-megapixel camera with the iPhone 6.
The new information leak was spotted on a forum by My Drivers, which has been somewhat reliable in leaking information about unreleased Apple devices. So what the ‘insider’ says is that Apple will use a 13-megapixel camera with Sony’s 1/2.3” Exmor RS CMOS sensor (the same sensor which can be found in the Sony Xperia Z2 as a 20.7MP shooter, but remember that Sony provides Apple custom CMOS).
Looking back at Apple’s CMOS sensor choices, using another, bigger sensor format could make sense: The company used type 1/3.2″ (4.54×3.42 mm) with the iPhone 4, type 1/3.2″ (4.54×3.42 mm) with the iPhone 4s and 5, and type ~1/3.0″ (4.89×3.67 mm) with the iPhone 5s, according to Anandtech.
There is much debate around whether Apple should jump into the pixel race or not. Those in the tech specs hunt would definitely love to highlight a 13MP camera, but this doesn’t necessarily equate to better image quality. And since this is a rumour that awaits confirmation, it should be taken like that: with a grain of salt.