Citing unnamed sources, a report from 9to5Mac today says the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus WILL boast a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, capable of recording 4K video. The new phones are also said to boast an upgraded front-facing FaceTime camera.
In addition to a much-upgraded rear still camera, Apple has decided to make a significant addition to the iPhone’s video recording capabilities: 4K video recording support.
4K video recording would offer direct compatibility with the latest 4K capable UHD television sets, as well as offer improved stability, clarity, and resolution. If the report is accurate, that would make the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus among the first smartphones to include 4K video recording capabilities, although it must be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S5 launched with 4K video recording support, back in early 2014.
Improving the megapixel count to 12-megapixels, up from the current 8-megapixel shooter, will also offer larger, higher-resolution photos than before. The report notes that due to an upgraded signal processor included as a part of Apple’s new A9 system-on-a-chip, the new sensor will not wash out, or otherwise degrade the quality of the photos.
Also, the front FaceTime camera on the new iPhones will get a nice spec bump, with an upgraded sensor for higher-quality FaceTime calls, and (SIGH!) selfies. While some sources have indicated in the past that Apple may include a front-facing flash on the new handsets, 9to5Mac’s sources say that is not the case, and Apple will instead will borrow features from apps such as Photo Booth that will quickly light up the front screen when the shutter button is pressed. Other features said to be on the way for the front-facing shooter are panorama pics and 720p slo-mo video.
Apple’s next-generation handsets are expected to debut at an Apple event to be held on September 9th. The new iPhones are also expected to feature a new A9 processor, a stronger chassis made of 7000 series aluminum, and more.
Standard “rumor disclaimers” apply to reports such as this, so we advise that you not hold your breath waiting for this to happen, as blue is NOT your color! (You’re more of a “summer,” we think… Try some nice yellows and pastels…)