In a significant leap forward, the upcoming iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models are expected to feature 48MP main sensors, surpassing the current 12MP resolution in vanilla iPhone models. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that this new sensor will outperform the one used in iPhone 15 Pro models.
The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will retain the same sensor as last year (Sony IMX803), while the vanilla iPhone 15 models will lead the way by incorporating Sony’s latest stacked image sensor design, promising improved photography capabilities. The stacked configuration allows the camera sensor to capture nearly double the amount of light, offering exceptional dynamic range.
For the upcoming X100 series, Vivo plans to utilize the Sony Lytia LYT800 sensor, providing performance akin to a 1″ sensor with a traditional design.
According to Kuo’s timeline, stacked sensors will debut in the Pro models in the following year – the iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max. Apple will differentiate its cameras using factors like sensor size and image stabilization type.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max will stand out with a periscope camera system, showcasing the camera enhancements extend beyond the main sensor. Looking ahead to the iPhone 16 Pro Max, an exclusive “super telephoto” periscope is expected to elevate the device’s photography capabilities further.
However, the supply of stacked Sony sensors will remain limited until 2025, as Apple will acquire them in large quantities for manufacturing tens of millions of iPhones, potentially posing challenges for other smartphone manufacturers seeking the same sensors.