Daring Fireball’s John Gruber isn’t one for idly throwing guesswork out into the public domain. If he says something, it’s usually very well considered and if he’s been given the inside scoop by someone in the know, then extremely accurate also. So when Gruber says something about the next Apple camera being a large jump over what’s currently available, people tend to take notice.
So what exactly did the man himself say? Well, for starters, he’s claiming that his sources have told him that the next camera to come out of the Apple laboratories will feature not one but two lenses, giving it the best camera ever to arrive in an Apple device.
The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. 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.
DSLR you say? Well, now you have our attention.
The photos that come out of the current crop of iPhones are already top notch as far as smartphones are concerned, but if the next iPhone could start kicking out images the likes of which smartphone users just can’t get elsewhere then things really start to get interesting.
As for that two-lens system that is being bandied around, as has been reported elsewhere this sounds not unlike a system that HTC already incorporates on the One M8, though given Apple’s past abilities at making iPhones take awesome images we’d be interested to see what its engineers could do with such a system. HTC’s implementation allows the two lenses to work together in order to shift focus with the secondary lens used to provide extra information to the primary.
HTC One M8 camera lenses
At this point nobody apart from people inside Apple will know whether Gruber is on the money with this one, but we know that we wouldn’t like to bet against him. We’ll know for sure once the iPhone 6s leaks start to pop up, and given the never ending cycle, that shouldn’t be too long to wait.
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