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Rumor: iPhone 5S to Have 12-megapixel Camera

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Word on the street is Apple is hoping to better compete with Nokia's PureView camera technology.

The rumored new iPhone is still several months away from its unveilng but the rumor mill is still churning out details on this new idevice. According to the latest scuttlebutt, the iPhone 5S will have a 12-megapixel camera.

Tinhte (via Cult of Mac) cites an anonymous source at Wonderful Saigon Electrics, the Vietnamese branch of a Japanese company specializing in producing components for Apple, that says the new as-yet-unannounced iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel camera with improved night shooting and HDR.  Other rumors for the phone include a larger screen, a higher resolution display, a faster SoC and 4G LTE support. Apple is also thought to be introducing additional colors this year.

Previous speculation has stated that the iPhone 5S will launch on June 20 and go on sale in early July. This is a departure from recent years, which saw new models of the iPhone introduced in September/October and go on sale shortly after. However, it's not totally out of the question. After all, for many years, Apple launched new models of the iPhone at WWDC in June and launched the phones in the first or second week of July. 

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    superman21 , April 17, 2013 5:09 AM
    I'd rather see them improve the camera's quality (and that goes for other smartphone makers as well) rather than simply continuing to increase the number of pixels on such a tiny sensor. More megapixels does not equal better quality photos.
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    grantwar , April 17, 2013 4:37 AM
    Good luck with Apple trying to compete with Nokia's Pureview... 12MP isn't going to get them very far (808 pureview is 41MP and "EOS" is bound to better that), not to mention the lack of image stabilization or rubbish low light photos!
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    tlg , April 17, 2013 4:41 AM
    Nice to see Apple decided to get a normal high-end camera for their high-end phone. My phone has a 12MP camera and its from 2009 though... Apple is a bit late lol
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    superman21 , April 17, 2013 5:09 AM
    I'd rather see them improve the camera's quality (and that goes for other smartphone makers as well) rather than simply continuing to increase the number of pixels on such a tiny sensor. More megapixels does not equal better quality photos.
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    teh_chem , April 17, 2013 5:28 AM
    Of course this depends on who is making the camera, but I would generalize and say that megapixel count is largely irrelevant with mobile phones. Just from my own experience with my LG Optimus G, it has a 13 megapixel camera. And whether I select the saved image quality to be 5mp or 13mp, I can't see a lick of quality difference when I view photos on a large screen. Sure, this also has to do with how good the compression being used is.

    Optics are king. Maybe Apple is at a point where the MP count is actually limiting their photos...but I am skeptical...

    Regardless, it's the trend to pack more pixels in everywhere. Whether you need them, or use them, or not.
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    LainP7 , April 17, 2013 6:01 AM
    Yawn... New Iphones are about as interesting as Toyota announcing a new Camry.
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    Augray37 , April 17, 2013 6:22 AM
    Having different colors of a phone of this caliber will be a nightmare for phone salesmen like me. phones like these are typically in short supply when they first come out, at least with the company i work for, and if we don't have the color the customer wants, more often than not they run off to the nearest competitor to see if they have it. i've never understood that, once you put a case on it (you're either crazy or crazy rich if you don't), no one can really tell what color it is anyway! here ends my rant...
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    bllue , April 17, 2013 6:25 AM
    Apple can't innovate anymore. All they do is put a new camera in and call it a day.
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    Non-Euclidean , April 17, 2013 6:34 AM
    OMG! 4G LTE on an iPhone, I guess its true that Apple's motto is "Carpe Praeteritum"
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    warezme , April 17, 2013 6:35 AM
    ridiculous marketing gimmick
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    IT_pokeoscar , April 17, 2013 6:48 AM
    Careful guys... Apple might sue every other company that has phones with 12 MP cameras...
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    kudoshinchi , April 17, 2013 7:12 AM
    OMG got get this iphone......not
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    reklatsa , April 17, 2013 8:09 AM
    It's the lens quality, stupid.
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    TheBigTroll , April 17, 2013 8:30 AM
    more megapixels doesnt mean better pictures. bigger lenses mean better pictures
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    Anonymous , April 17, 2013 8:36 AM
    8MP is more than enough unless you want to go into lossless zoom areas where you cant get optical zoom, in which case you need a 41mp camera, the 5S will still have nothing on the 920, HTC One or Pureview 808
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    Kamab , April 17, 2013 9:08 AM
    At some point SNR defeats the purpose of having more pixels. Eventually you need to get more out of your optical assembly, which is rather limited due to its small size (on smartphones)
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    del35 , April 17, 2013 9:47 AM
    Now that is truly innovative and magical.
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    del35 , April 17, 2013 10:01 AM
    Surely this will be a brilliant feature for the clueless...
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    cinergy , April 17, 2013 11:39 AM
    Iphone is so last season.
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    nitrium , April 17, 2013 12:15 PM
    HTC One only has 4MP, and takes better photos than any of these super high MP cameras. Finally a company has realized that it's not how many MP that matters, but how good the photos are. A sensitive low resolution camera is simply better than lots of resolution and low sensitivity.
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    sublime2k , April 17, 2013 12:34 PM
    As long as people think megapixels mean anything for quality of photos, things like this will continue to sell. Suckers.
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