AppleInsider was informed of the new developments taking place in Apple where the focus is now going to be on creating phones with better picture quality as opposed to just focusing on increasing the number of megapixels. This can be exemplified through Apple’s latest phone, the iPhone 5S where the pixel size is increased to approximately 1.5 microns in diameter, as opposed to increasing the number of pixels. This larger surface area entails larger amount of light being captured and thus a better rear camera that the previous iSight. Along with this, the optics package for the 5s was also improved as a quicker f/2.2 lens was included in the camera producing better images with low performance of light.
Just because Apple does not intend on improving its phones’ megapixels to a substantial amount, this does not imply that even the new iPhone 6 will have the same 8 megapixel camera as the previous ones. However the improvement in resolution from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5 clearly entails a 5 megapixel jump.Apple does not seem interested in winning the megapixel race amongst its competitors as many smartphone companies are launching phones with up to and greater than 13 megapixels. A research report by Ming Chi Kuo from KGI Securities suggests how major companies such as Samsung, various Chinese firms as well as Amazon are hoping to enter the market and release smartphones with CMOS image sensors and greater than 13 megapixels. He further claimed that the shipment of these smartphones, with 13 megapixels worth of image detail is growing at a much faster rate than those smartphones containing either 5 or 8 megapixels cameras. Most of these smartphones belong to Samsung and some new but underdog Chinese companies. It is estimated that by the end of 2014, 13 megapixel cameras will include 65% of high resolution units.
Application processors of the next generation will also be released within this year and will feature 13 megapixels and greater sensors for pictures, which will be great for less popular smartphones. Samsung who appears as competitor to the AP’s has its latest venture the Galaxy S5, as one containing a 16 megapixels camera, which will be released within this year. Sony also plans on launching a 21 megapixels camera phone with 1/ 2.4 inches CIS.