Apple is famous for either of two things: Leap-froggin competition, or sitting things out until it figures a way to do it. We’ve been stuck on the iPhone’s 8 megapixel camera ever since the launch of the iPhone 4s almost three years ago. Yes, the pixels got larger with the iPhone 5s, and yes, no one can complain about the iPhone’s image quality. Still, that doesn’t mean that we don’t want higher-resolution photos at a time when high-resolution computers are becoming common.
New rumors point to Apple keeping its 8 megapixel count for the iPhone 6, and instead shifting its focus to providing better optics. We did see the recent rumors of Apple adopting optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6, and if you’ve followed Apple’s launch trend, the company usually leaves the higher pixel count in its cameras for the “s” variants. At this point obviously this could be just a trial that Apple is performing with its future products, or it could also be that one of the two iPhone 6 models it’ll launch will sport a smaller pixel count.
At times when Sony and Nokia are already making 20 megapixel cameras a standard, and where Nokia is excelling greatly at, it would be disappointing for Apple to sit on its laurels for another year with the iPhone 6. We’ll keep you posted as more rumors develop.