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The component industry is expecting the rear-camera for the iPhone 6s to retain the same 8-megapixel sensor Apple has been using in previous generations of the iPhone. As such, it appears Apple won’t be jumping on the 16-megapixel bandwagon of insanely increasing megapixel count for marketing purposes.

The rumor on Monday is centered around a report from Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models, according to Taipei Times. Pu is formulating his predictions around one supplier.

Largan Precision, a major sensor supplier for Apple’s iPhone, is expected to face limited earnings growth this year. After looking at the numbers and industry sources, Pu thinks this will be a limiting potential catalyst to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year.

Furthermore, Largan’s stock price has seen a substantial decline since the beginning of the year. While not always bulletproof, financial markets can provide a good notion of a company’s path thanks to analysts who obsessively study them.

It’s still extremely early days for iPhone 6s rumors. And while Apple may retain the 8-megapixel sensor, it could use new glass and other optics technology to better the smartphones photo abilities.

Do you have any early predictions?

Source: Taipei Times via MacRumors

  • Oh come on! Again? Enough with the 8MP. Yes I know the camera is epic on the 6 plus and etc. But come on apple! Upgrade it already!

    • Damian

      If It is better than completion and it looks great why would they bother to upgrade? They are winning and they don’t even try to beat the world record

      • Anonomous.TECH.man

        Actually every reviewer says the iPhone is the best at taking pictures but it can’t record 4k which is only a deal breaker for very few. And since it’s only 8mp you lose plenty of detail when you zoom. So a 16-20mp upgrade wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

      • Dan

        +1 for the zoom

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      I dont see why 8MP is bad. I had an old flip phone with less than 3MP and it was great for little shots. Mega Pixels don’t mean much to a pictures’ quality, it’s the software that uses the camera.

      • Dan

        Zoom into a 8 MP camera, then do the same for a 16 MP. Imo, when you pay roughly 1000$ for your phone, you deserve more than 8 MP

      • Lagax

        OK, true, but apple should do optical zooming. I’d rather have an amazing 8 megapixel camera than a really bad 16 megapixel camera… This is not about money, the cameras other companies put in their phones don’t cost more mostly, even with much higher megapixel counts…

      • Dan

        That would be great. I just think that Apple should shake things up, they seem to be comfortable with the 8 MP and not doing much about it. MP aren’t everything, but it’s something that counts imo.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        It’s not the camera you’re paying for, it’s the performance of the device, the idea of its design and it’s innovation of its kind. The value is within the brand, not the camera.

      • Dan

        Yeah but that’s a matter of opinion. Imo in 2015-2016, they should offer more. The price is not justified. More ram and better camera, better pricing for storage and I would consider the 6S.

      • BoardDWorld

        You’re correct, the Xiaomi Note Plus is a great example of shattering the iPhone 6 Plus at 50% the cost. Competition is getting far to stiff for Apple to slack off. If all the value is in the software and services then there’s no point buying new for me anymore, hence I bought an as new used 64GB 5S for a 3rd of it’s price 2 months before.

      • SoylentGreen

        If thats the truth buy the phone you want, deserve? My Generation have bred so many spoilt brats.

      • Dan

        It’s not being a spoilt brat wanting my moneys worth. Apple gets rich and stiffs its customers. Gotta open your eyes.

      • SoylentGreen

        Ok i get your point but your not ‘entitled’ to nothing more than what you buy
        Peace

  • Abdl

    iGoats be like “Woow best camera”!!

    • Nathan

      Android plebs be like “apple sux and my 10000000mp camera is better even though the signal processor sucks!!”

      • Osama Muhammed

        I must admit, I’m one strong apple fanboy.. if Apple didn’t make this move i would totally hate it, They’re releasing it near 2k16 and still on 8mps ? Jokes.

      • NiggaPLEASE

        Keeping in mind, every year Apple says the same 8 megapixel camera that the iPhone 4S has is the “best camera ever.” How and why so many people fall for that is beyond me.

      • Lagax

        Every year samsung says ‘we have a better camera, on which we have 2 more megapixels, but which makes even worse pictures’. “How and why so many people fall for that is beyond me.”

      • Worse pictures? Maybe if you’re one of them iSheeps who never do their research outside the Apple store (http://bit. ly/1FUeyoP | http://bit. ly/1s0dhob).

      • James G

        A camera is more than just the megapixel resolution it captures. Hence why each successive camera is better than the last even with the same MP.

        How you made your comment without taking this into account is beyond me.

    • jake kneller

      Yes I’m sick of all this 8 megapixel stuff but the camera on the 6plus really is amazing its beat out many of the top a round phones cameras

      • @dongiuj

        Ok, I understood everything up to “amazing”.

      • Cameron

        did he say something wrong?

      • @dongiuj

        Yes, that’s right Cameron

      • jake kneller

        We’ll compared to all other smart phone of this year and later I guess the 6plus has proven to have the best camera

      • SoylentGreen

        Just not ‘amazing’ eneough! Apparently!

  • Nathan

    I wouldn’t doubt it. We haven’t seen a major camera upgrade in 3 or so years. No big deal, as the camera is great as is.

  • sp3n5

    Lets someone explain to me why he needs more than 8mpx ?Why you need 10-12-49839mpx ?The most important thing are lenses and the chip , isn’t it ?

    • Agru

      Yes and no. If you need to zoom in, mirror your pics to a big external display or just crop them, 8 mp cameras suck. If you just leave the pics there, on your phone, only occasionally watching them, they’re more than fine.

    • Osama Muhammed

      It’s great. the thing is it will be their 5th iPhone release with same camera, nearing a technology year that’s promised to show way more than this.. ( and already showing, every market phone then will be 20+ mps only )

      I owned an 2010 Nokia phone with 12MPs camera and the difference is noticeable and will be TOTALLY noticeable with apple’s sensor technologies.

    • Chindavon

      To make billboard signs with.

    • NiggaPLEASE

      That moment when you realise that the iPhone 6 Plus has an 8 megapixel camera just like the iPhone 4S with very minor updates to it. So you’re telling me that since 2011, all they have done is update the same 8 megapixel camera, lower the f stop from 2.4 to 2.2 and add image stabilization. All the other so called new features aren’t exactly new either like burst mode, timer and exposure controls.

      It’s getting old. I’m not even hating on Apple because I have a lot of Apple products, but they need to update the camera. You can only do so much with an 8 megapixel camera without losing quality. The sad thing is if 8 megapixel is the standard for a couple more years, Apple supporters will say it’s the best camera ever. When and if they update the camera, it will then become the best camera ever.

      • Lagax

        OK, really, Apple (actually I would say SONY, because they develop iPhone camera chips) makes the best phone cameras in the world. I find it funny that you said “all they have done is update the same 8 megapixel camera, lower the f stop from 2.4 to 2.2 and add image stabilization”. Because nobody cares about that. They, though, have implemented 1080p 60fps video with “Cinematic Video Stabilisation”, something that sounds horrible(to me), but is gorgeous, they build in 720p slo-mo video at 240 fps (which is amazing) and they made other, really small improvements.

        What it comes down to is that it is a gorgeous camera, even though they could at least upgrade it to 12 megapixels (if quality remains at this level)…

  • Thomas Gehman

    I’m sure the camera will still be best in the business…….but they’ll attract more attention if the up the megapixels. It wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  • Philip

    If apple wants the iPhone to replace digital cameras as well, they really need to bump up the megapixels.Though the quality is nice, when we wanna print photos for posters and large images, 8mp is still not good enough

    • Jeff Maxwell

      If I want to take a picture to be used for a poster or large image, I’m going to be using an SLR – not an iPhone. Who would ever do that?

      • Ali

        Perhaps someone who doesn’t have an SLR.

      • Lmao

      • Jeff Maxwell

        People who don’t own SLRs don’t make posters.

      • Ali

        That might be a general case, but not true for everyone.

      • Jeff Maxwell

        A company trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for failure. Serving the needs of 99% of the people seems pretty reasonable.

      • Dan

        Here I fixed it for you.

        Apple is a company trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for failure make more money. Serving the needs of 99% of the people seems pretty reasonable.

      • Jeff Maxwell

        Duhwuh?

  • Cameron

    megapixels do matter, but picture quality is more important to the majority, including me. I have never encountered a situation where ive wished for more than 8mp.

  • jake kneller

    Apple needs to up to at least 16 and use that for the next 3 years the zoom quality could be a little better but as far as just takeing picture 6plus is very nice

    • WiseBlasian

      Zoom quality? Have you compared the zoom next to let’s say a Galaxy s5? There is absolutely no difference in quality.

      • jake kneller

        Well I have used many flagship androids the s5 being one and by far the 6plus camera is better As far as zoom goes I’m never really happy with it

  • n0ahcruz3

    Dont tell me they will stick with 1gb ram aswell? Wtf apple? Wtf? Smh

    • sharp44MAG .

      The iPad Air 2 has 2GB of ram so the next iPhone which will probably use an Apple A9 chip will probably have 2GB of ram since the A8X in the iPad Air 2 has 2GB.

  • Mohammed Khaled

    trust me, compare apples specs. it still in some case is 2 years old android. except the ios experience… there is nothing gr8 about the hardware. for ex: why no microsd card slot to say about the least. all these words from a guy who loves apple to the core.

    • Tyler Smith

      but why do you need more storage? with a 64 or 128gb model why do you need more?

      • GuyWithTheThings

        It’s not that you need more, it’s that it’s cheaper to get that amount of storage. Buy the standard 16gb phone and add an extra 64gb with a microSD for maybe $50, and you have more storage than the 64gb model for around $50 less.

      • Tyler Smith

        i guess thats why i just backup everything on my mac then to a hard drive with 3 tb lol but i like everything being enclosed if that makes sense

      • Mohammed Khaled

        The other guy gave you my answer but one more point if I may. With the pcs nowadays there are 1tb HDd space and there are offers for 2 tb. Why? Storages are never enough if you ask me.

    • Rowan09

      Specs means nothing when most Android phones have specs which does little to nothing for actual performance. I would like to see a 16mp camera but just because they’ve been on 8 too long, not because I’m having an issue with my 6+ camera.

      • Mohammed Khaled

        I am not talking about most here but the ones you can compare to a iPhone like for ex. A note 4. Even if isn’t a 64bit fancy chip. The phone performs better than a iPhone. And thanks to the bugs. Life is hell.

      • Mohammed Khaled

        Just expressing my concern that Apple isn’t the apple during Steve jobs anymore. Software is crap. Now hardware is getting underpowered compared to the competition.

      • Rowan09

        When was the iPhone outperformed showing its underpowered? The iPhone is one of the best phones performance wise on the market. Even the 5S gives the S5 a run for its money in all the performance benchmarks. Your definition of underpowered must mean no quad core processor.

      • Mohammed Khaled

        I agree with you on that. And yes it doesn’t have a quad core for example which I believe could have made the competition out of the market. Plus I would love to have a file Explorer on an ipad for example without jailbreak.

      • Rowan09

        I don’t know why they won’t allow a file explorer, this is one of the main reasons I jailbreak.

  • Pro

    Don’t know why people are talking about zoom. If it’s not optical then it’s trash no matter what the megapixel count is

    • Agru

      With more mp digital zoom is always crappy.. but at least less crappy.

  • Chindavon

    I’m sure they’re saving an upgrade for iPhone 7.

    • GuyWithTheThings

      They’ll make it 9 megapixels. Actually, if we’re lucky, 8.5.

  • justme

    ok, iPhone 6S
    same design better processor, better front camera for perfect selfies.
    I think the iPhone 6 is enough in terms of capabilities. Until now, there’s no app that iphone 5, 5S nor 6 can’t run.
    apple need a game-change. It’s boring every year… 5…5S….6….6S….7….7S
    ok it’s marketing and profits that they want. same case diferent iPhone . no need to worth in restructure all process every 6 months.

  • singhay559

    Sorry a$$ apple as usual if this is true

  • @dongiuj

    What do we want? MORE PIXELS!
    When do we want it? LAST YEAR!

    • GuyWithTheThings

      That about sums it up.

  • WiseBlasian

    Wow people expecting 16mp camera to do anything for the picture quality. It’s a freaking PHONE!! Have you seen how tiny the lens is? There is absolutely no reason to have more megapixels on the iPhone camera. But then people talk about using it for posters and such LMAO. If you are serious about photography use a SLR plain and simple. Lol @ using an iPhone for projects. The iPhone camera is great for having a point and shoot in your pocket and it is one of the best cameras for what it is. You don’t need more megapixels. I would actually want a bigger lens for better low light capacity.

  • Ferasqr

    I think apple rely on external gadgets(accessories) such as Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens

  • lanceuppercut47

    I’ll be happy if the 6s has the OIS camera that the 6+ has!

  • Guest

    So best camera again? I think they say only in phone screen.

  • Lagax

    A few months ago 9to5mac reported that the 6s is expected to ship with a 21 megapixel sensor that sony developed. I think 9to5mac is much more reliable than ‘Pu’.

  • DevXav

    As long as the camera does its job, which is: Auto focus when I can’t, adjust exposure when I can’t, take the best possible moving shot when I can’t, and so on, i REALLY don’t care so much about megapixels, because, in the end, when I realize my 92985459345893485934859345 megapixels photo is a piece of blurry dark shit and I can’t do ANYTHING with it because THAT MOMENT IS SIMPLY GONE AND WONT COME BACK ANYMORE, I would be really, really mad and frustrated.

    So, 16mpx? Sure, why not? BUT PLEASE keep the good work on taking > The Perfect Shot < on those moments when I am unable to do such by myself. Else I'm good with 8mpx.

  • James G

    Cue megapixel vs sensor debate.

  • Tommy

    I’ve been an Apple iPhone user since the first gen iPhone but I’d definitely give Cook a fckin punch in his head if this were to happen again. They really know how to keep people waiting. It’s been how many years now since the 4S and still no major camera updates.
    To the rest supporting the 8mp, how bout u just wish Apple stick with 8mp all the way up till the iPhone 20 as it is so great and almighty. U guys must be livin under a stone if you think Apple’s 8mp beats ALL other cameraphones.

  • NjC

    I’ve been using Camera + & have set the photo quality to Pro, resulting in images saved as TIFF format lossless compression files. So far that has resulted in 12+ megapixel pictures. It even has a brilliant macro feature that has resulted in this actual picture. So that is a major plus to the softwear that is behind the lens. So far I’m happy!

    • NjC

      Pics below

  • SoylentGreen

    Don’t Megapixels over say 1.5 (guess) only really become a factor when you enlarge to bigger than a big poster?
    Im sure i seen on the UK gadget show a couple of years ago that the ‘more mp = better quality’, is something of a myth, in as much that unless you blow your images up to like 6x4foot you but the human eye is not equipped to see any difference in a 6x4inch print if the image is captured @ over 1.5mp?
    Any photographers in the house? Shed some light in this maybe,