The iPhone 6s is expected to get upgrades all around, and a new report suggests that the device’s camera will get a bump from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels.
Of course, a bump up to 12 megapixels by itself isn’t entirely beneficial, as megapixels certainly aren’t everything, but it’s also rumored that the iPhone 6s will get an all-new camera sensor made by Sony, which includes RGBW coding technology.
Essentially what this means is that the device adds a white sub-pixel alongside the standard RGB pixels, which can improve image quality greatly, especially in low-light conditions where most cameras have a hard time capturing a clear shot.
This report comes from Feng.com, which also says that the dual-lens camera system that has been rumored for the iPhone 6s is a no-go, despite the many reports on it earlier this year, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple was holding out in order to make it better, as it’s still a rather new technology right now.
It’s been rumored that the next iPhone could see major camera improvements, with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber saying that he was told that the next iPhone would include a special dual-lens camera system, and the general camera improvements that would be made to the next iPhone would subtly move the image quality into DSLR territory.
It’s not known whether Gruber has reliable sources that he talks with, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he does, as he has close relationships with a lot of Apple insiders. However, we’ll have to take his reports with a giant grain of salt, as no smartphone camera would be able to match the image quality of a decent DSLR — at least not in the near future.
Smartphones that have two-lens camera systems are nothing new, as the HTC One M8 includes two camera lenses, but it’s certainly something that isn’t common today. However, if it’s a camera system that will drastically increase image quality, we don’t doubt if Apple was at least checking it out and testing it as we speak. Whether it’ll be included on the iPhone 6s or not is another story.
A 12-megapixel sensor is entirely possible, though, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that in the next iPhone. In any case, it’s almost a given that the iPhone 6s will come with a better camera, and reports over the last couple of months have deemed that a big likelihood. Some past reports even suggest that the iPhone 6s could see the biggest camera boost that the iPhone has ever received.
There’s no doubt that the next iPhone will be able to take much better photos than the iPhone 6, and that’s something we expect, but we’ll have to wait until later this year to really find out what Apple has in store for the iPhone 6s’s camera.
Other iPhone 6s rumors that have been trickling in over the last few months include an OLED display, faster performance, and Force Touch technology, which has been rumored in the past and it’s being rumored yet again, so it appears that this could be a pretty solid bet.
Force Touch is a feature that’s currently implemented on the Apple Watch, and it allows users to perform different actions within WatchOS based on how hard or light they press down on the screen. For instance, a hard press down could bring up a menu of sorts, while a lighter tap would select something, just like on a mouse. In fact, it’s pretty similar to how left-click and right-click work, and we could easily see that type of technology come to the iPhone at some point.