Even before the launch of the latest iPhone 14 series, rumor mills started to share the expected details of the iPhone 15 to launch in 2023.
A new report from Nikkie Asia claims that the camera system of the upcoming iPhone 15 series will be equipped with an advanced image sensor from Sony Group. Manufactured at its Nagasaki plant in Tokyo, Sony has begun shipping the new “state-of-the-art” image sensor to Apple and other OEMs.
The “state-of-the-art” image sensor in iPhone 15 will produce clear images even against strong backlight
As per the report, Sony develop the new “breakthrough” tech using an advanced semiconductor architecture that separates photodiodes and transistors in different substrate layers which lets the sensor add more photodiodes to the dedicated layer and produces clear images even when the subject is against strong backlight.
Sony’s new image sensor roughly doubles the saturation signal level in each pixel compared with conventional sensors. In other words, the sensors can capture more light and reduce overexposure or underexposure in certain settings, enabling a smartphone camera to clearly photograph a person’s face even if the subject is standing against a strong backlight.
This new image sensor is expected to change the landscape of camera technology in a couple of years and will be beneficial for Sony. The report states:
Incorporating the new image sensor into the upcoming iPhones will be crucial for Sony to consolidate its competitive advantage in high-definition photography technology. Top rival Samsung Electronics has ramped up pressure on Sony, which already supplies image sensors to Apple, in this field.
Sony also said in May that it hopes to capture a 60% market share in CMOS image sensors by fiscal 2025, reiterating a target first announced in 2019, when the company held 53% of the market.
Reportedly, the next-generation iPhone 15 series will also feature USB-C port, Dynamic Island, titanium casing, and periscope lens. The iPhone 15 Pro models might ditch the physical SIM card slot, and feature 10x zoom periscope lens, punch-hole display, and 8GB of RAM.