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If recent reports are to be believed, the next-generation iPhone will feature a dual-LED flash. According to sources, Apple has reduced orders for high-powered LED flash lights from Philips and has begun ordering dual-LED flashes from Taiwan-based makers.

iPhone flash

It’s unclear which companies will be involved with producing flash LED’s for the next-generation iPhone, but Taiwan-based firms Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology seem to be the likeliest candidates:

The rumors come amid market reports indicating that Apple reduced its orders for Lumileds high-power LED flash products from Philips recently and switched the orders for LED flashes to Taiwan makers.

Although all the companies mentioned above have denied any partnership with Apple, that’s to be expected, since the Cupertino company has very strict non-disclosure policies. We know, however, that they have all increased their involvement with handset makers recently and have shipped LED flashes to be used by third-parties:

Edison, which is specialized in the production of high-power LEDs, has begun shipping its LED flash products to branded handset vendors and therefore has a high chance of winning dual-LED flash orders from Apple, the sources noted.

Dual-LED flashes allow for higher-quality photo capturing, even in really dark settings. Phones like the HTC HD2, which runs Windows Phone 6.5, include a dual-LED flash. As the iPhone 4 matures, it’s to expect that Apple would want to keep enhancing  every single feature as much as possible.

Reports of a future iPhone have been ongoing for the last few months. Earlier this week, news broke that the device would see a complete redesign sometime in August, although that rumor was since disproved (or so we think). We’re more likely to see a smaller update sometime in September, with a similar appearance and increased specifications, such as a dual-A5 processor.

The smaller update theory is backed up by an alleged picture of the next generation iPhone’s back plate, which leaked last month. The plate looked identical to the one found on the existing iPhone, aside from the camera placement:

iPhone 4S

Although Apple hasn’t commented on any of this yet, we have clear evidence that the company is preparing to launch a new phone. Earlier this week, we reported that Apple is winding down manufacturing of the current iPhone 4, presumably in order to get ready for the release of a new model.

(via Digitimes)

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