Could the next iPhone have a 14.6MP camera sensor?

Could the next iPhone have a 14.6MP camera sensor?

Current internet scuttlebutt has the next iPhone pegged for upgrading its current 3.2-megapixel camera to a 5-megapixel camera, courtesy of Omnivision. That will make the iPhone competitive with other camera phones, at least on the vastly overblown quality criterion of the megapixel scale.

But what if Apple one-upped everyone and slapped a 14.6-megapixel image sensor capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second into the next iPhone? That’s certainly an option: iPhone camera sensor suppliers Omnivision have just announced the OV14825, which is slated to go into mass production in the second quarter of 2010… just in time for a new iPhone.

Apple might go that route, sure, but let’s all slaughter some pigs on our aluminum unibody altars and pray that they don’t. There isn’t a smartphone on the market with a lens capable of taking advantage of even a 2-megapixel sensor, and there’s no advances to cell phone lenses on the horizon. 14.6 megapixels is sheer lunacy: sure, there’ll be 14.6 million dots, but 12.6 will be random noise.

[via Gizmodo]

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