Rumors have surfaced that Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may have a better camera sensor, but a source in the region says that the new 12MP camera sensor has been confirmed for not only the larger iPhone 6s but the smaller one as well.
Apple is currently ordering suppliers to produce five-element lenses for the iPhone 6S that are designed to work with 12-megapixel camera sensors, a person within Apple’s supply chain told Business Insider. These components are said to be in the mass production stage and are on schedule, this source said.
We don’t have any other information, but this report comes from Malaysia, and fits with the geographic location of iPhone manufacturing. Although Apple is an American company, its products are manufactured in Asia and shipped from there (if you check your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch shipping confirmations).
The results of Apple’s decision stems from two things, one being the company’s desire to beat out its rival, Samsung, in the smartphone camera race. This year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge has placed Samsung above Apple when it comes to a quality smartphone camera. Even Apple fan site iMore saw writer Allyson Kazmucha give the edge to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 last year over the iPhone 6 Plus – which didn’t inspire confidence in the iMore readership. Subsequent camera tests from camera expert company DxOMark also gave the camera crown to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. This year, the Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge currently own the highest scores the company’s ever given to mobile devices.
The other seems to tie in to one of the company’s latest acquisitions. Back in April, Apple acquired LinX, an Israeli company known for its camera imaging sensors, for around $20 million. Apple acquired fingerprint authentication company AuthenTec before utilizing its fingerprint sensors in the iPhone 5s, so we expect no different with LinX’s camera sensors in the new iPhone 6s. We also expect Apple to no longer rely on Sony camera sensors for its iPhones, although Apple has been reliant on them up to now.
Business Insider is a source that is heavily given over to Apple and all things from the fruit company, although there seems to be some love shown to Google’s pure Android experience, too. When it comes to Apple news and all things iPhone and iPad, gathering primary sources is a wise decision.