If a new leak is to be believed, the next iPhone will feature a 12 megapixel rear-facing camera that is able to capture 4K video.
The leak comes courtesy of anonymous poster on China’s Sina Weibo website.
If true, that will mean that the 6s and 6s Plus will boast cameras that are a significant upgrade from the already excellent shooters that are found on their predecessors.
While 4K TVs and computer displays still have a long way to go before they’re ubiquitous, there’s a case to be made that consumers could still get use out all those extra pixels. Current smartphones, TVs and computers might not be able to display 4K content at its native resolution, but consumers will still see an improvement in visual quality through downsampling. Moreover, they’ll be able to crop their videos with very little loss in fidelity. Additionally, should Apple decided to ship a phone that’s able to capture 4K video, then it’s more than likely that it will start selling phones with at least 32GB of storage, which be a benefit to those that decide to shot video at 1080 or 720p.
Of course, it’s impossible to verify a rumour like this one, nor is this the first time that the iPhone 6s’s camera has been subject of various rumours. Previously, there had been some suggestions that the 6s and 6s Plus would feature a dual lens camera setup.
However, based on a report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who was able to obtain what he claims is the exterior casing of a prototype iPhone 6S, there’s no evidence of a mount that supports two lenses. That said, he wasn’t able to acquire a iPhone 6s Plus, so there’s still a chance that the next Plus model could feature such a setup. Moreover, given that the current Plus already has a better camera than its smaller counterpart, it’s not beyond reasonable that Apple would find a new way to differentiate the two models when it comes to their camera capabilities.
Gurman further posited additional features of the upcoming iPhone, including a new Qualcomm Mobi modem capable of Cat-6 LTE at 300Mbps.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until Apple actually decides to unveil its next smartphones before we’ll know for sure what the Cupertino-based company has in store for us. Given it’s history, we probably won’t have to wait too long.