September 12 may be set to bring us not one, not two but three new iPhones but that does not mean that Apple is not already hard at work getting all of its ducks in a row ahead of next year’s iPhone launch and while all eyes are on the iPhone 8/iPhone X/iPhone Edition right now, it is next year’s flagship that is getting attention internally.

According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple already has an order in for a supply of new camera modules that offer a larger megapixel count than that currently in use in the iPhone.

Current high-end iPhones use a 12-megapixel camera, with the order in question apparently being for cameras offering a higher resolution. The timing of the order rules out the iPhones that will be announced this month but the report suggests small-volume production will begin in October with numbers ramping up as we move into Q4.

Apple reportedly has booked up the production capacity for above 12-megapixel lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision in central Taiwan.

Among makers of above 12-megapixel smartphone lens modules, only Largan meets Apple’s minimum yield rate requirement, according to market rumors. The new factory in Taichung is designed to accomodate monthly production capacity of 600 million lens modules, six times Largan’s present capacity, and will start production in October 2017.

Apple has tended to avoid being dragged into the same megapixel war of numbers that other smartphone and indeed camera makers have found themselves in over the years, but next year may be the time to move to something a little more high resolution than the 12-megapixel offerings currently available. There is of course more to taking a good shot than pure pixel count, but when it comes to cropping and zooming images for printing, more pixels does always help out. The iPhone is the world’s most popular camera, after all, so the more pixels the better as far as we are concerned.

(source: DigiTimes)

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