Apple is possibly looking into using a camera module with a resolution higher than 12MP for its upcoming iPhones. The Cupertino company has booked production capacity at an upcoming factory of Largan Precision in Taichung, Taiwan.
The new factory is slated to be operational in October 2017 and have a monthly production capacity of 600 million lens modules, up 6x times from Largan’s current production capacity.
Largan Precision supplies Apple with camera lens modules, and it is already an existing supplier of its supply chain.
Apple has been using 12MP sensors on the iPhone since the debut of the iPhone 6s in 2015. A jump to a higher resolution sensor might benefit image quality in daylight but can adversely affect low-light performance. Instead of bumping camera resolution, the company should look into using sensors with bigger pixels as they offer better dynamic range and low-light performance.
It is possible that Apple is seeking to use a camera module with a resolution higher than 12MP for the secondary camera sensor on iPhones meant for 2018 or later. The higher resolution sensor, when paired with a telephoto lens, would allow Apple to continue offering optical zoom while also being able to improve the overall image quality for photos taken from the primary sensor through downsampling.
[Via DigiTimes ]