The Cupertino-based company is planning to introduced the biggest upgrade in its next-generation iPhones, according to Apple blogger John Gruber. The future model may feature two camera lenses that would work together to create much higher-quality photos and video.
“The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” he said in the most recent episode of “The Talk Show” podcast.
“I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.”
However, the tech giant would not be the first phone maker to boast a dual-lens system, as HTC’s M8 phone already has such a system, but on its rear-facing camera. Some think that it could also refer to a system being developed by Corephotonics.
Corephotonics worked on a dual-lens module with two distinct focal lengths, effectively negating resolution drops associated with digital zooming. One camera is used for wide shots, while the other is used for close-ups. As an added bonus, the system provides spatial data for 3D imagery due to its lens offset, explains AppleInsider.
Corephotonics says that dual-lens systems can take care of many of the problems inherent in single-lens photography — like motion blur, lack of optical zoom, low light-related noise, missed focus, and optical constraints.
It is also not clear whether Apple will increase the number of megapixels in future iPhone cameras, but Sony recently revealed a new smartphone camera sensor, called the Exmoor RS this week, that offers 21-megapixel resolution into a small 1/2.4-inch design, reports the Tech Block. Gruber himself points out, Apple has long used Sony sensors in its iPhones.
Apple’s iPhone has long been the most popular camera choice on image sharing site Flickr, and over the years, Apple has embraced iPhone photography. Each new iPhone iteration includes significant camera improvements.
The first version of Apple smartphones only had a two megapixel camera, which was then was advanced up to 3.2 megapixels in the 3GS and five megapixels in the iPhone 4. In 2011 iPhone 4S boasted a camera with eight megapixels, thus the possible upgrade for the iPhone camera is certainly due, as some of its rivals, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, for example, has a 16 megapixel sensor.
Apple introduced some impressive camera improvements with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, including a new Apple-designed image signal processor with Focus Pixels, but it’s possible even better camera improvements are being saved for the introduction of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in 2015, says MacRumors.
Other rumors regarding the Apple’s 2015 flagship suggest that it may sport a nearly unbreakable glass display. The company is to make use of the latest glass cover technology introduced this week by Corning, which is a mainstay Apple display protection partner for the iPhone models.
According to Corning, its Gorilla Glass 4 is four times tougher than the last version. “With Gorilla Glass 4, we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage,” said the press release.