We’ve been bamboozled by the number of rumors pertaining to the next-generation iPhone, unofficially dubbed the ‘iPhone 5S’, and iLounge has added even more to the mixer with an update on Friday. The iPhone 5S is almost certain to feature a faster processor, something the Cupertino company has done ever since the first model, but even more interesting, is the possibility of a 13-megapixel camera sensor supplied by Sony.
The iPhone 5′s snapper is certainly among the best in the business, and while megapixels seldom tell the whole story of a camera’s overall performance, it would surely be a statement of intent if Apple as to make such a significant leap. The fruit company has prided its iconic smartphone range on its ability to take a decent shot, and although the talk of a 13-megapixel snapper is arguably the wrong side of believable right now, it’s worth pointing out that the information obtained by iLounge stems from current prototypes.
The code names for the prototypes at present are said to be N51 and N53, and in line with the many millions of reports issued over the past few months, iLounge corroborates the notion of the 5S’s physical form factor taking an identical shape to that of the iPhone 5.
The camera of the iPhone 5 is noticeably better than that of its predecessor, particularly in areas suffering through lack of light, but with Sony supplying the new part, it’s safe to say the level of improvement this time around would be even more obvious.
Still, with the rumors and speculation often conflicting from day to day, it’s important not to get too carried away, and should we learn of any advancements on this story (or indeed the iPhone 5S in general), we’ll be sure to let you guys know first.
In other iDevice-related news, iLounge also reports that the iPad mini will be the recipient of a Retina display by October. The Retina iPad mini is purportedly codenamed J85, with the fifth-generation iPad – set to release contemporaneously with the upgraded iPad mini – is said to be operating under the name J72. As with the iPhone 5S, it is presumed the iPad mini will take on a very similar, if not identical form to the current version.