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Market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who focuses on reports involving the manufacturing supply chain of Apple, said that the 48MP sensor is indeed coming to the lower-end models of iPhone 15 lines. Kuo also provided an update about the previous report claiming issues with the low yield rate, which could lead to the production delay of iPhone 15‌ and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus.

The claim about the 48MP sensor in the two standard iPhone 15 models started with Jeff Pu of Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities. Pu made the claims in May, specifying that iPhone 15‌ and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus would receive a 48MP lens and employ a new three-stacked sensor. This claim is now being supported by Kuo’s latest report.

“The wide camera CIS of the two iPhone 15 standard models will be upgraded to 48MP and adopt a new stacked CIS design,” Kuo wrote in his recent Medium blog.

This will be exciting for Apple fans anticipating the new line since the 48MP camera lens is currently limited to iPhone 14 Pro and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max models only. The non-pro models of the current series only have a 12MP camera lens, so a bump to 48MP in standard models in iPhone 15 series is enticing. And according to other reports, iPhone’s camera system is expected to get more significant improvements in the arrival of the iPhone 16 line. According to an account named “Digital Chat Station” on Weibo, an unspecified iPhone model (though it might be the iPhone 16 Pro Max) will get a periscope ultra-long telephoto camera, which will allow the unit to capture subjects with sufficient details from a distance using a powerful zoom. An ultra-telephoto lens is ideal for wildlife, sports, journalism, and other shots involving far-away objects.

Meanwhile, Kuo also addressed Pu’s previous claim about yield issues, which could affect the production of the phone models. As per Kuo, “Sony has increased the CIS production capacity for Apple by 100–120% to meet Apple’s demand” to resolve the low yield rate being experienced. Nonetheless, the report adds that while it is good news for Apple, Sony’s action led to “a significant reduction in high-end CIS supply for Android.”


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