When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 4 in 2010, Apple began focusing heavily on the device’s camera as an area for continuous improvement and promotion. That device featured a 5 MP backside camera, and the next three models (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s) featured an 8 MP iSight camera with various improvements along the way.

That pixel count may not change according to a report from The China Post (via MacRumors) which cites financial group Nomura Securities and falling shares of Largen Precision Company.

According to Nomura Securities (野村證券), Largan’s recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8 mega-pixel (MP) camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16 MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers.

While the report leaves room to speculate a minor bump in pixel count could see the light of day, it’s not too farfetched to believe Apple’s successor to the iPhone 5s could resist increasing pixel count in favor of further improving optical performance with low light and high dynamic range capturing…

If Apple follows pattern and redesigns the next generation iPhone as expected (iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6), saving spec sheet increases like pixel counts could be reserved for an iPhone 6s device with the same design but internal improvements.

And while we’re knee deep in the weeds with speculation, let us know what you think. How long can Apple resist increasing the megapixel rating on its iSight camera before it starts looking outdated? How many more tricks like burst mode and slow-mo could Apple have up its sleeve before it decides megapixel count needs increasing?