Apple’s 48MP camera heads for more affordable iPhone 15 models

Apple’s 48MP camera heads for more affordable iPhone 15 models


iPhone 14 Pro's camera module
The amazing iPhone 14 Pro camera could be in the “standard” iPhone 15.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The 48 megapixel camera that debuted in the iPhone 14 Pro models is making its way to the “standard” iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, according to a trusted analyst.

If true, the change will appreciably improve the quality of the pictures the two lower-cost handsets can take.

iPhone 15 camera: From 12MP to 48MP

The 48MP wide camera in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is a jump up from the 12MP shooter in earlier iOS handsets. The Cult of Mac review says the 48MP camera sensor “takes absolutely fantastic pictures.” And it reportedly won‘t be reserved for the two Pro models in Apple’s next handsets.

“The wide camera CIS of the two iPhone 15 standard models will be upgraded to 48MP and adopt a new stacked CIS design,” said Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with TF International Securities with a history of accurate predictions about upcoming Apple products, in a blog post.

While this is an unconfirmed leak, it isn’t out of character for Apple. Moving features from the iPhone Pro models to the two more-affordable ones is standard operating procedure.

Improved Pro cameras, too

High-end iPhone features often don’t make their way to the other models until the Pro versions are ready for their own upgrade. And that’s supposedly what’s happening with iPhone 15 series.

Numerous reports point to the two upcoming Pro models getting a periscope camera. This would allow the handsets to offer much better telephoto pictures, up from the current 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out.


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