It is safe to say that a lot of people are pretty excited about what Apple might be doing next with its upcoming new iPhone models. That includes industry watchers, too. As a matter of fact, a few are already voicing their predictions.
One of them is Kevin Wong, chief executive at market research firm IHS China. By way of a post on Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, Wong claims that the next iPhone models, likely to be called the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, which are expected to be released within this year, will increase the pixel count of their rear cameras from the current 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels.
If Wong turns out be right about this, this would mark a significant development in iPhones, at least in terms of camera specs. As a matter of fact, this would be considered the first time that Apple has increased the pixel count of its flagship device's camera since it went from 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels back in 2011 with the introduction of the iPhone 4S.
Wong is quick to note, however, that the jump in the next iPhone's camera pixel count come at a price. Achieving a higher pixel count could mean that Apple will be forced to decrease the actual size of the each pixel. Why should this matter? Well, the smaller pixels get, the less sensitive they become to light, which could translate to images with less quality, especially those that are captured in less than ideal lighting conditions.
Pixel count has always been a topic that has sparked off some debate. Some Lumia handsets have been praised for their ability to capture high quality images. The Lumia 808 and the Lumia 1020 are both equipped with a 41 megapixel camera. But the question is: is pixel count the only factor that determines photo quality, or are there other factors too?
Apple's current generation of iPhones (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) have managed pretty well with 8 megapixel cameras. Of course, the guys at Apple has managed to complement its cameras with features that actually help enhance quality without changing the pixel count, such as optical image stabilization and a much better autofocus.
If Apple does decide to boost the pixel count of its next iPhone models, one can also say that the company is ingenious enough any way to maintain high quality images through other means even if there is concern for the small-pixel-equals-less-sensitivity-to-light thing.
Wong's forecast comes after another industry watcher, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, claimed a few days ago that the next iPhone model will feature some significant upgrades, including a 12 megapixel rear camera. As always, you can check out our iPhone plan comparison to find the best iPhone plan for your needs.
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