Even though we’re still a good five months away from the projected release of Apple’s next smartphone, this fact hasn’t halted the continued wave of rumors, leaks and speculation regarding the iPhone 6. One area in which Apple always improves its famed handset is the rear-facing camera, and according to reports out of China, Apple has some very big plans to enhance the snapper of its forthcoming flagship.
For starters, details revealed on Weibo suggest that Apple will use electronic image stabilization as opposed to the optical image stabilization (OIS) used by most of today’s smartphone vendors. The info originates from ESM China analyst Sun Chang Xu, who also goes on to note that the next-gen device’s shooter will also offer a slight increase in pixel size, significantly bumping overall image quality by taking in more light.
It’s fair to say that Apple has, by and large, distanced itself from the “megapixel race” when it comes to iPhone, instead concentrating on improving all aspects of the point-and-shoot experience. The integrity of the camera, rather than just a high megapixel count, is an ethos that quite a few OEMs have begun to adhere to of late, and even though we never doubted that Apple would seek to offer a legitimate camera upgrade, this new revelation is still very exciting indeed.
OIS is not something that Apple has included in any iPhone models hitherto, but reports had suggested that the iPhone 6 would indeed pack optical image stabilization. The advantage of instead going with electronic image stabilization, however, is that the finished camera module can be smaller, meaning it will not protrude while also allowing for the iPod touch-like thinness we’ve been hearing about over the past couple of days.
The iPhone 6 is expected to arrive in Q3 of this year, with a 4.7-inch edge-to-edge display, curved, iPod-touch like rear design and repositioned power button. A further model packing a 5.5-inch display is set to ship later on in the year, having supposedly been hit by delays reportedly pertaining to an ultra-thin new battery.
The iPhone camera is revered among users, being frequently recognized as the most-used shooter on sites like Flickr, and if there’s any truth behind today’s claims, wannabe photographers are in for a real treat with the iPhone 6.
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