Apple releases a new iPhone each calendar year, most often with software or hardware improvements to the camera being one of the headline new features. It appears that could be the case once again this year, with a new rumor calling for the iPhone 6 to have a 13-megapixel, 1/2.3″ sized Sony Exymor IMX220 camera sensor.
For comparative purposes, the iPhone 5s has an 8-megapixel, 1/3.2″ sensor for its rear-facing camera. It is important to remembers that megapixels do not matter, at least when compared side-by-side like this, meaning that a 5 extra megapixels does not necessarily guarantee that the iPhone 6 would have markedly better photos.
It is also worth noting that these rumors originate from Chinese forum Digi-Wo, picked up in a G for Games report on Thursday morning. The rumor conflicts with a previous report claiming that the iPhone 6 will retain an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization.
Even more, Digi-Wo does not have an established track record of breaking Apple rumors. Last week, it did leak photos of what appears to be Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone. As such, it is always important to treat rumors like these with a proverbial grain of salt until further details are known.
To give some credibility to these rumors, Apple has used different versions of the Sony IMX145 sensor in previous iPhone models.
Earlier this morning, we got a closer look at what could be the iPhone 6’s battery with 1,810 mAh capacity. That follows yesterday’s leaked photos of the alleged Touch ID fingerprint scanner for the upcoming smartphone.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 in September at a special media event.
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