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Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are generating buzz, and a recent rumor posted on Weibo has added fuel to the excitement. According to “Digital Chat Station,” a trusted Weibo user known for leaking accurate information about iPhone camera technology, there’s an intriguing revelation about the upcoming iPhones’ camera sensors.
Despite the upgrade to 48 megapixels, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models may still feature smaller sensors compared to their high-end counterparts, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. It’s reported that the Pro models will retain the same 1/1.28-inch 48-megapixel sensor as their predecessors, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Meanwhile, several sources, including analysts Jeff Pu and Ming-Chi Kuo, suggest that the standard iPhone 15 models are also in for the 48-megapixel upgrade, just like the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, the twist lies in the sensor size. Digital Chat Station indicates that while the non-Pro models will receive the megapixel boost, they will continue to have a smaller stacked CMOS image sensor (CIS) at 1/1.5 inches, compared to the Pro models.
The current iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus sport a 12-megapixel sensor with a size of 1/1.9 inches. If the rumor holds, the standard iPhone 15 models will enjoy a 27% larger sensor, a significant improvement, but still not on par with the Pro counterparts. According to earlier reports from Digital Chat Station, a sensor size increase for the Pro models is expected in 2024, moving from 1/1.28 inches to 1/1.14 inches.
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Why does a larger image sensor matter? Well, it plays a crucial role in enhancing image quality, especially in challenging lighting conditions. By capturing more light, a larger sensor results in finer details and reduced noise. This improvement leads to a wider dynamic range and better color accuracy, delivering more professional and visually appealing photographs.