Apple is reportedly locking up sensors above 12MP for the cameras on the 2018 iPhone models

Apple is reportedly locking up sensors above 12MP for the cameras on the 2018 iPhone models
Apple is expected to raise the MP count for the cameras on its 2018 iPhone models. This is very much likely to occur following the report that the tech titan has booked all of the smartphone lens modules above 12MP that will be rolling off the assembly line at a new factory in Taiwan. The plant is owned by Largan Precision. Interestingly, Largan is allegedly the only company that makes modules for smartphone cameras above 12MP that can produce modules in the quantities that Apple requires.

Largan will be able to produce 600 million lens modules monthly at the new facility, which is six times the company's current production. The additional assembly lines reportedly go live starting next month, but the new production will be added gradually. Largan CEO Lin En-ping says that the new factory will be capable of producing modules with multiple lenses, cameras with large apertures for better quality photos taken in low-light conditions, and lenses that can handle 3D sensing for facial recognition.

The rear-facing camera on the Apple iPhone 7 weighs in at 12MP and the dual cameras on the back of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus both weigh in at 12MP. We expect to see something similar for the sequel models, the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. And it appears as though the dual camera setup for the iPhone X could keep the status quo when it comes to MP count.

If this story is legit, it would seem that Apple will take the snappers on the 2018 iPhone handsets above 12MP for the first time. First, before we start worrying about 2018, we still have to make it past this year's unveiling and that is only one week away!

source: Digitimes

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34 Comments

1. pt020

Posts: 160; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

All Apple cameras come from Sony.

16. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The sensors come from Sony, not the camera modules. The modules contain sensors (probably received from Sony), lenses, cases, etc.

18. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

It seems like i7 does not.

22. Nopers unregistered

Indeed it does not. The Wikipedia page for Sony IMX sensors has a comprehensive list of which sensors are being used in which phones as well as specs. iPhone 6s and 6s+ are listed but not the 7 and 7+

23. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

I remember to read months before i7 was announced that sensors were made by LG

25. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

LG uses Sony sensors...

32. GehanGeesha

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2017

bro wait what are you talking about..? LOL, you think apple will make their phones without the industries top supplier for image sensors.?? Well just check the "Chipworks" iphone 7 full teardown.. ;)

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And suddenly the other oems will go back to MP race again.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What MP race? No brand has topped the Nokia 808 or 1020! Pictures taken with the iphones are not that awsome.....just meehh. Even the 950/XL beats iphones camera wise!

7. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Well, we are talking about real flagship race on the market. Don't we?

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

We are talking about camera's! Pictures taken with the iphones are not that good, that is a fact!

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What race? LOL Let's first see if next iPhone has more MP than Note 4. Otherwise Apple have lost the race before they started it.

14. soopeace

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 28, 2017

So why did note 8 have ‘downgraded’ 12MP just like iphone 6s..coincidence??LOL

20. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

No They didn't ''downgrade" like iPhone6. First , iPhone 6 was MP upgrade folowing Samsung years behind. Second , after Note 4 Sansung developed new tech moduls(larger ) that's why couldn't keep it up with the more MP. So they didn't just cut down the MPs The race is on. If Apple could't afford the Samsung's tech, they will start with increasing the MP , to cheer you up. And you will change the tune. lol

24. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Exactly What I thought. Sony will be laughing again.

29. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yep. Samsung will suddenly put sensors with greater than 12MP in their flagships. I love Android phones just like the next PA viewer, but you have to admit that these OEMs (stupidly) follow a number of things apple does...for better or for worse.

4. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Above and beyond!

6. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Never. Only the profit maters there.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Above and beyond? Don't make people laugh, yes Apple might be above.......ohh wait they are now nr 4 in the phone world...so they are declining! Beyond......don't you mean way behind the market?

13. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I was sarcastic at PA's headline!

8. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Apple is so conservative it's probably 12.1 MP

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

But but, pixels doesn't do anything......now we will see iphonearena write articles about how great alot if pixels are......

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It depends how the pixels are used. But in this case PA will praise their lord apple........

15. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Bigger sensor + less megapixels = better quality. Coz I canna change da laws of physics, captain!

21. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

More MP are better for zooming and croping. Samsung is working on it , to have both.

34. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Already done by Nokia years ago, 808 and 1020.

26. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This isn't true. Look at the new mirrorless and dslrs coming out. Higher MP, better dynamic range and better high iso.

17. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

At current sensor sizes, 12MP is really enough for high-quality pictures and videos, but probably not for AR/VR. At current sensor size, anything over 12MP will produce worse quality pictures in low-light without heavy software algorithms involvement. But optical image quality is always better than algorithm-produced quality.

19. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Problem with low light is ISO. Not resolution. Get same phone and shoot at ISO 70, 100 and 200. The 70 will give you better shots.

27. Avieshek unregistered

The six-element lens, are made of plastics. LG V30 is one example, that replaces one, out of the six, over plastic, leaving five. Just replace plastic for all the 6 lenses with Chemical Glass or even better with Crystals, like Sapphire and image wouldn't deteriorate even at 50 megapixels. Combining that with 5-axis optical + electronic stabilisation, constant HDR etc and you have a deal without even further enlarging the aperture only. This single change alone is like switching from LCD screen. There would be OLED, Q-DOTS, microLED but the switch from LCD is the difference of having emmisive type displays, grey vs black instead of the difference in black. That's how big the difference is. We can talk about having Crystals, Diamond even but switching from plastics is the one big deal and difference.

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