Apple hasn’t increased the resolution of the main iPhone camera for a few years. In fact, it’s only happened twice before, but it looks like the Cupertino-based company is ready to do it again. A new report coincides with earlier suggestions that the iPhone 14 Pro will arrive this year with a 48MP main camera.
The History of the iPhone Camera
When Apple released the iPhone 4S, it was the first time the main camera resolution was increased. Cupertino has gone from 5MP to 8MP. The next resolution boost, when the iPhone 6S was released, saw the jump from 8MP to 12MP.
There haven’t been any resolution upgrades to the rear-facing camera since then, so bumping it up to 48MP will mean a huge boost. However, it may be necessary for what Apple wants the camera to be capable of.
The need for a 48MP camera in the iPhone 14 Pro
If you want to see 8K video recording on an iPhone, you will need a higher resolution camera. To reduce the size of photos and videos, the smartphone will choose the best resolution for the composition and lighting conditions.
For example, a portrait or a landscape can use the full resolution of the camera, 48MP. On the other hand, a low-light photo could be pixelated at 12MP instead. Multiple adjacent pixels would work as one, allowing for more light gathering and therefore better images. This tends to be a great way to offer a good balance of light-gathering capabilities while keeping the physical camera size reasonable in the phone.
It’s not a technique that Apple uses, at least not now. Instead of increasing the pixel count and using pixel binning when it would benefit the photo, Apple increased the pixel size. Even though the iPhone hasn’t seen a resolution boost since the 12MP bump in the 6s, the quality (and low-light capabilities) has improved even further. That’s because the tech giant magnifies every pixel.
Other iPhone 14 Rumors
We’re still early in the year to accurately predict what the next generation of iPhones will really change. However, reports consistently state that Apple is ditching the full-size notch in favor of a punch-hole camera. It can be a single camera or a pill-shaped camera with built-in FaceID.