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Apple's Next iPhone May Ship with Lower-Grade Camera Sensor

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The Apple rumour mill is starting to crank up already for the next in its series of smartphones, with reports that it might not bother upgrading the camera sensor.

Shares in a camera components supplier, Largan Precision fell following reports that the next iPhone handset will ship with the same 8-megapixel sensor as its current model, and not the 16-megapixel version that the supplier had hoped to supply.

Citing Nomura Securities, China Post reported that Largan's recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8 megapixel camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16 MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers.

The move would be a typical one for Apple which has sometimes bucked consumer expectations for ever bigger "numbers" and focused on the actual underlying performance.

Higher quality optics and software can often deliver a better image than simply ramping up the sensor count.

However, shipping a phone with an 8-megapixel sensor at a time when it is expected the majority of rivals will come with at least double that will prove a marketing headache, regardless of how good the end photos turn out to be.

On the web: China Post

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