Rumor: 4th Generation iPhone to Pack 5 Megapixel Camera?
Digitimes is reporting that OmniVision has received an order from Apple for 40-45 million CMOS sensors packing 5 megapixels, bound for next year's 4th generation iPhone. That's nearly double the unites -- and a huge increase in pixel count -- from the iPhone 3GS cameras OmniVision currently supplies.
As with all next-gen iPhone rumors, take this one with an iTablet-sized grain of salt, but it does make competitive sense for Apple to bump the camera next year, among other things (cough iPhone HD cough).
(Personally, I prefer lower pixel counts and higher sensor sizes; cutting them up so much results in bigger pictures, not better. Low light should be the arms race here, manufacturers.)
Of course, we'll never know for sure until WWDC 2010 when Steve Jobs (or Phil Schiller) hoists it up on stage.
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(Who writes like that??)
amen to that
punch of idiots
Honestly, if it weren't for the App Store, the iPhone would be a hulking piece of crap. It has awful battery life, and the screen, voice quality, network, camera, push notifications, and so on all suck compared to the competition.
You iPhone-is-God folks are like ostriches with your heads in the ground, except they're up your asses.
All these apps and inferior tech upgrades don't mean anything when the battery dies shortly after you begin playing a game or browsing the web. I spend lots of time in airports for work travel, and I spent more time with my phone plugged in to the wall like laptop users than I do without it plugged in. The phone is great, really - if you've got a power outlet nearby.
The iphone needs a serious boost in picture quality, I'm sure it will get that along with more megapixel's, and the average person judge's a camera's capability by how many mp's it has, even though thre's much more than that too it that's just the way it is, Apple has to keep up with the competition. Imagine if in June 2010 the iphone 4G still used the original 2mp camera, it would get trashed, it's about marketing more than anything.
The main reason it takes better pics than the my 3Gs is down to the lens. If it has a crappy lens then even if its got 12MP sensor, the pics are still going to suck (just be much larger). Even my N95 with its "good lens" and tons of macros still takes inferior shots compared to a cheap real camera.
But, honestly, who buys an iPhone for the camera? It's not a "camera phone". It's a "phone, with a camera". It's there for snaps and a little video on the go, that its purpose. Flash would be nice though... im sure if they added one it would be integrated into the body and would be almost invisible until it lights up. Much like any front facing camera would be hidden under the flat front surface with the sensors.
Other companies have been playing catch up ever since. Arguably, some of these companies have caught up and even passed Apple in "some features." Why does it seem inconceivable, for most on here, that Apple can't say "Ok, our competition has/is catching, think differently again."
Apple has a proven track record of doing things better than we could think. Remember, the iPhone is more than a phone, it's a piece of an ecosystem that Apple provides. Most people do not have any idea what the Iphone can do when teamed up with an Apple computer, AirTunes, AppleTv, MobileMe and so forth. Something the competition can not compete in, not to mention the App store and Itunes.
I like you, agree Apple needs to pick up the pace, probably sooner than they anticipated. Where we differ, is I have no doubt they can provide the experience we/you/I are longing for.
Apple is to a degree at the top hill in this market. What makes you think they will not do what it takes to stay there?
And for those that are complaining about battery life, you guys are like a marathon runner complaining that their shoes don't last as long when they are running. You guys are rediculous. Show me a device with the processing power of the iPhone, the same web-experience as the iPhone, and as many power hungry apps as the iPhone, that has a substantially longer battery life... Count every smartphone/mobile computing device out. Some of you guys make me laugh. Rhit do you get mad when your power bill goes up because YOU left the lights on.
@Alex: I don't understand the benefit of a camera on a tablet computer. How would that work? I'm just imagining holding up a big slab, directing others to "say cheese"...and looking like an idiot. In all seriousness, would a camera work on this rumored iTablet?
Think Front facing Camera. Video conferencing.
It will be yet another of those things dismissed as totally un-necessary on the iPhone, which, upon their arrival are suddenly transformed into a brilliant masterstroke of Steve Jobs.
There are 20 examples of this posted here:http://www.strandreports.com/sw4031.asp
Thanks for your futile input; it made me chuckle - but only mildly. When you buy a Ferrari with a quarter gallon gas tank, let me know how much you enjoy the full Ferrari experience. Same goes for the iPhone, more or less.
Your fanboi comment essentially says, "the iPhone has all these awesome features! It does all these crazy things like no other phone can! But pick wisely what you wish to do, as you won't be able to experience them all."
As for the lights in the house comment, perhaps you should turn the light on in your own head before you post another piece of garbage.
I agree that the iPhone could stand to do a little more and if you understood the marathon analogy you would have picked up on that. The fanboy comment is a little overused and frankly a little out of date. Much like the word "frankly". Your Ferrari analogy makes me think you're the fanboy because now you're comparing the iPhone to a Ferrari. Which by the way was an empty attempt to one up me in the analogy department.
My point, other than to rid the world of the word 'futile' (No thanks to Rhit), is that people complain about the battery life, yet there isn't a similar phone on the market that completely outshines the iPhone in battery life....think about it...and please world, take "futile" out of your vocabulary. It doesn't make you sound as smart as you think.
Gotcha. I just didn't think that way. Thanks.
That article is lame......
I fully understood your marathon analogy. It wasn't witty.
Your point regarding use of the word "futile" is worthless.
Your point regarding my Ferrari anaolgy is, not surprisingly, also worthless. Take any fast, luxurious car, then handicap t with a miniscule gas tank, and use it as the basis for comparison. I'm not asserting that the iPhone is the pinnacle of smartphones.
You basically evaded my points by targeting my word choice. You've also made vernacular claims without backing them up. And, you've wasted my time, but I'm enjoying this time waste. Do continue.
As am I! I think from the beginning you've misunderstood my point (probably because you could care less what my point is for the sake of argument). So I'll try this once again without being sarcastic or witty (in my opinion).
Show me a device with similar features (iPhone, droid, storm 2 etc.) with a substantially larger battery life. I'm not trying to pump up the iPhone like you claim in any way. Just stating that it is rediculous to complain about battery life. (maybe I should have said futile there instead of rediculous...)
These mobile computing devices that you and I are carrying around have a flaw, and that's battery life. All of them. But I guess for me it's not worth complaining about. But instead more fun to pick at those complaining.
Oh and my marathon analogy wins.
It took long enough for Apple to do something better with pictures, but I would have rather seen better focusing and flash then pixel counts.