The recently launched iPhone 5S has significantly improved camera optics, when compared to its predecessor. With Apple planning to introduce new line-up of iPads this holiday season, a new report claims that the Cupertino-based giant may announce the fifth -generation iPad and second-gen iPad Mini 2 with an improved camera.
The report further says that both updated iPads will have an 8MP rear facing cameras, in order to take on competition. For the first time, Apple will use sophisticated imaging technology usually used inside high-end iPhones. It is to be noted that that the current iPads have a 5-megapixel rear facing camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
Meanwhile, Apple Insider claims that Apple will source camera modules from Japanese titan Sony. The 8-megapixel image sensor inside iPhone 5S consists of Sony design (IMX145).
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a fairly strong track record of predicting Apple -centric news, is believed to be in favor of Apple brining an 8MP image camera sensor in the upcoming iPads.
"We predict Apple (US) will launch new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 (so called retina iPad mini) in 4Q13. As the tablet market becomes increasingly competitive, Apple could upgrade the camera as a selling point for the new iPad in a bid to increase competitiveness. We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade", Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI securities, said in a note written to his investors.
Generally, there is a perception that a tablet device is incapable of taking high quality pictures. That's true to some extent. If the above mentioned reports are to be believed, then we could assume that Apple has a solution to make an iPad at par with iPhone 5S in respect to photography. Whether Apple has any plan to add " True Ton " dual- LED Flash , as found in the newest iPhone 5S , is still a question that need to be answered.
Apple could announce iPad 5 on October 15, as per multiple -reports. On the other hand, Apple is finding difficulties to manufacture enough iPad Mini 2 due to delay in getting Retina displays on time, reports Reuters. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates.
Source - MacRumors