Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced in or around September next year and rumors are already abound that the company will use pixel binning and a new 48-megapixel camera in its high-end models.

That means iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro could be getting even more impressive cameras than iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

According to analyst reports from Ming-Chi Kuo and Haitong International Securities’ Jeff Pu, Apple is looking to use pixel binning this time around. That would mean that while bright conditions would see a 48-megapixel shot be used and high-resolution images created, things could change in low-light scenarios. In those instances, multiple pixels could effectively be combined to allow for more light to be used.

MacRumors explains:

Pixel binning is beneficial because simply increasing a smartphone camera’s megapixels while maintaining the same camera sensor size results in smaller pixels, which generally capture less light, leading to lower-quality low-light photos. Pixel binning would allow iPhone 14 Pro models to shoot high-resolution 48-megapixel photos in bright conditions and 12-megapixel photos in low-light conditions that are still of high quality.

Companies like Samsung already use such a method on their own flagship handsets, including the impressive Galaxy S21 Ultra. It stands to reason that Apple would do something similar with its own high-end devices, too.

Apple is expected to ditch the mini iPhone next year, instead releasing an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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