Report says Apple iPhone 5S will feature 12MP camera with improved low-light performance

Report says Apple iPhone 5S will feature 12MP camera with improved low-light performance
According to a source who works for Wonderful Saigon Electrics, the next iteration of the Apple iPhone will carry a 12MP camera. Although Wonderful Saigon Electrics makes camera modules for Apple, that doesn't automatically make this solid information. The Apple iPhone 5S is due after the Summer, according the story, and will do a much better job at taking pictures under low-light conditions than the current camera on the phone. Apple was pushed to improve low-light picture taking after the success that the Nokia Lumia 920 has had with its camera in this area.

Is there a track record that makes us want to put away the salt and rejoice in the 12MP camera that is a certainty for the next iPhone? Uh, not really. Last year, when perhaps a couple of people were calling for a 10MP camera for the Apple iPhone 5, this source said that the camera on the device would be 8MP which was exactly right. But truthfully, last year most were choosing between an 8MP and 12MP camera for what became the Apple iPhone 5.

If this information does turn out to be right on the money, the next iteration of the Apple iPhone won't see the light of day until next September. By then, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be not quite 6 months old, and iOS fans are going to be climbing the walls. We also could be anxiously awaiting the results of the overhaul for iOS 7. The new software is said to be running late, but it's better to eliminate all of the problems now, before launch.

source: tinh.te (translated) via RedmondPie

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52 Comments

1. phonewarz

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

I'm looking forward to Google I/o next month. I think they'll bring great news in the camera department.

44. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

You forgot to mention Android and blackberry in your comment...

52. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

You forgot to mention that the Note III, will be coming in September! Which is the "Mightiest of all the Flagships" around... until next September. By then, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be not quite 6 months old, and iOS fans are going to be climbing the walls. Forgot about the "TRUE FLAGSHIP" of Samsung!

46. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

...and WP7

2. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

A highly realistic sounding upgrade, I wouldn't doubt it at all, either a 12 or 13 megapixel camera sounds good, the 13 because the S4 has that, and it sounds better to have the same number, not a lower number than the opposition. Marketing is king for companies who succeed!

7. drum009

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I agree. Marketing is king but apple does a good job with it. They have succeeded even though almost every "number" they have is less than top tier android phones.... screen size, camera size, battery size, cpu cores, etc. (just referring to hardware). I'm an android user :) and won't switch to another OS anytime soon.

31. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

they will play the game of catch up with the latest flagship. Sony makes the first move in MP count (12MP/13MP). Then followed by LG and Samsung, this time Apple because people will be expecting a higher MP mounted on the iPhone. :) It would be disappointing and that means jumpship from iOS to Android and WP. You don't want that to happen apple right?

32. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

As long as they do the camera's software right, the megapixel count wouldn't matter. The MP count would matter to only the shallow people who look at specs instead of what counts in the real world. I could get technical about why megapixels don't matter, but that would be a wall of text. If you didn't notice, the iPhone 5 just won the blind camera test provided by Phonearena themselves. If you deny that the iPhone 5 has a great camera, then you would be just another fanboy.

35. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I agree, it does depend on the camera software. What i'm implying here is that people will look at the MP count, (Not me included of course) and when they see 1 mobile having 8MP vs 13MP, they will stupidly choose 13 over the other. But for iphone having an awesome camera software, and mount in 13MP (from sony) you may get better images than SG4/XZ/H1/NL92x. That's just an opinion..

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apples camera tech is outstanding. Rework the OS please.

4. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Apple does 2 things very well, GPU and Camera other than that really nothing except average/below average besides their manipulation of the US population.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude...is this not a camera related article?

30. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

youre right, iToys need marketing when they are not capable to innovate :) and what's worse: "iPhones most 'vulnerable' among smartphones" - have to say disastrous security! goo [dot] gl/WF2kj the same with MACs....everything Apple produces more and more inferior product :) in the times Android has multi-user API, iConboards are still not able to copy, open any file, funny how stup*dity wins :)

45. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

"Vulnerable and disastrous security".... Let me correct you on that statement, Out of all mobile smartphones, android is the number 1 most vulnerable operating system among all other issues. Android holds the title with 95% of malware in the market compared to other Operating systems. The other 5% is shared between the rest. It is more wrong for you to say "same with Mac's" and "everything apple produces". You've either got serious issues or just hatched.

47. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

you lie, no Android is one of the most secure platform: you know what any app can do before installation..... iToys or Microsoft is 10 year behind this security ;) iPhones are the most vulnerable phones (OS) in the world, simply deal with that ;) malware on Android? = an app you installed after checking the permissions by yourself and you can easily uninstall ;) freedom requires responsibility, you are st*pid so you need someone to take care about you = Apple :)

51. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

woow, you must've thought hard for those words.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

just too let u know they are using SONY'S EXMOR SENSOR camera

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

And they will actually optimize their software correctly unlike Sony. Its sad, Camera software is lagging on sonys phones but it is getting better with every flagship to where its on level/above iphone atm. No doubt though the first iphone with the new exmor is going to be a great camera. Even though I hate apple, I will admit that.

15. Hemlocke unregistered

We agree, for a change. Apple does camera optimization well, and other OEMs would do well to follow that lead. The hardware is only one piece of tho puzzle.

33. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

How could it be hardware when Android devices have better specs than most PC's in the world?

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You didn't need to let me know that.

21. wendygarett unregistered

You are just a blind follower that does not know anything on tech, that's why you must be informed :)

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And you are spam, that flip flops his/her choice of OS with every post.

53. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yes u do. U think apple is god of all technology. But guess wat their not. They buy other companies and they never invented the touch screen phone. Ur just a blind poor fanboy that doesnt like any company copying them. Give it a rest already.

19. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Don't you mean SONY'S camera tech is outstanding? Since they were the ones who actually made it. Freaking apple derpers man...

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nooooo... I meant what I said

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Let see what apple bring out in their event...!!!

29. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

just marketing, nothing more.....iToys need marketing when they are not capable to innovate :) and what's worse: "iPhones most 'vulnerable' among smartphones" - have to say disastrous security! goo [dot] gl/WF2kj more and more inferior product :)

49. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i know that men apple doesn't bring great thing in their event. just saying

11. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

iPhone's camera is already one of the best. PLEASE FOR GOD SAKE CHANGE THOSE UGLY SUPER STATIC ICONS AND PLEASE DITCH that 1 HAND operational screen.

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