Quick News – Mac Rumors is reporting word from a recent market research keynote held by KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, claiming the next iPhone will contain improvements to both the front and back facing cameras, with the latter sporting a new faster f/2.2 aperture backed by the current 4S’s 8MP Sony-made sensor.
According to Kuo, because of the iPhone 5’s apparent slim-down over previous models, the rear camera will also see a significant height reduction to the tune of 0.5mm, stating:
A number of components have required a slim-down. The component that will undergo the most dramatic make-over is the rear camera. Our research shows that iPhone 5 will feature the first-ever slimmed rear camera of all iPhones, in an effort to deliver an ultra-slim iPhone 5.
Meanwhile, to enhance photography effects, iPhone 5’s rear camera will feature a larger f/2.2 aperture than iPhone 4S’s f/2.4. However, larger aperture means more noises. In addition, the reduced thickness means even greater challenges for lens design and assembly, as not only the lens, but also the voice coil motor (VCM) and CMOS image sensor (CIS) need to be slimmer. Finally, the compact camera module (CCM) suppler, responsible for the terminal assembly, will be confronted by assembly yield.
Kuo continued with the figure shown below, comparing the camera specifications between iPhone models:
Given KGI Securities’ proven track-record of providing accurate preliminary information direct from Apple’s supply chain, it would be any stretch of the imagination to classify these iPhone camera reports as credible. More to come…