iPhone 15's stacked 48MP camera sensor may cause production delays

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in iPhone edited May 2023
Apple may face production delays for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, caused by yield issues for the stacked 48-megapixel camera sensor.

The iPhone 14 rear camera bump
The iPhone 14 rear camera bump


The annual fall introduction of the next iPhone generation occurs in September, with releases of models typically occurring the same month or not long after. However, a feature change in the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus may cause the models to arrive later than scheduled.

According to a research note from Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu, seen by MacRumors there is a reiteration of claims made in January that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will use a three-stacked sensor for one of the rear cameras. A stacked sensor can allow for more light to be captured than usual, which can result in a better quality image.

That camera, Pu said at the time, would be a 48-megapixel wide lens, the same one used in the iPhone 14 Pro models.

In Sunday's research note, Pu warns that the stacked sensor is probably facing yield issues, which could result in production delays for the two models. However, for the moment, it is thought that the iPhone models in question are still on schedule for a September launch, and that Pu will "continue to monitor the risks" to the production schedule.

This is not the only claim the analyst for the Hong Kong-based investment firm has made about the iPhone 15 generation. In April, he declared that solid-state buttons were planned for the models, but would not be implemented this year.

In the same Sunday note, Pu mentions the use of USB-C on all models, that capacities will remain the same as the iPhone 14 generation, and while the non-Pro models will use the A16, the Pro models will move to the A17.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    slow n easyslow n easy Posts: 355member
    So far I haven’t heard any rumors that would entice me to upgrade.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 5
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 1,036member
    I am shocked, shocked that there could be production issues with another complicated new device.  Shocked to the core!  I know Apple's not phased in the least because they do this all the time.  But I am shocked.  There could be production issues with the unannounced VR goggles as well, and they could well miss their unannounced target date too!  Shocked! 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,930member
    So far I haven’t heard any rumors that would entice me to upgrade.
    From what? I think we’re many years past annual upgrading (which was still a thing for enthusiasts; normals don’t upgrade annual). Most phones last most people at least a couple years. But when you do upgrade it has a plethora of improvements from your prior model. 
  • Reply 4 of 5
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 2,005member
    I’m due for an upgrade with the 15. I currently have a 12 Pro. Anybody known if these stacked lenses are as durable as the lenses currently used?  I ride my mountain bike with the phone on the handle bar and I wonder if I should be concerned with the new lens system might be damaged with the vibration and jo. 
    I want the 15 pro max for the camera, but I don’t want to go there is I’m going to wreck it…
  • Reply 5 of 5
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,872member
    A stacked sensor can allow for more light to be captured than usual, which can result in a better quality image. 

    No, a stacked sensor allow the sensor data to be read more quickly, it does not capture more light.

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