Apple hasn’t upgraded its smartphone cameras since the iPhone 4S in 2011. While other mobile brands are actively committed to boosting the specs of their shooters every year, the leading tech company has decided to take a different route in mobile development.
After a string of impressive hardware and firmware updates, Apple is now ready to make some serious changes to the iPhone camera, starting with the upcoming release of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
But is it enough to overshadow Sony and Motorola’s 20MP-capable devices?
12 MP Photos and 4K Video Recording
The smartphones are rumored to include a new, powerful camera capable of 12-megapixel photos. Both handheld models will receive the same camera upgrade (previously 8MP). The much-needed increase in resolution means that users will be able to take larger, clearer images without sacrificing the quality of the results.
“Because of an upgraded image signal processor that comes as part of the new A9 system-on-a-chip, the new sensor will not wash out or otherwise decrease the quality of photos,” mentioned reporter Mark Gurman. “Apple is likely to highlight 4K as one of the new iPhone’s premier additions for marketing purposes.”
In addition to the photo resolution update, the two models will also get enhanced video-shooting capabilities to 4K recording. Previous units were capable of handling 1080p resolutions. Recording at 4K ensures compatibility with the latest television sets. Other smartphone devices out in the market today that offer similar recording features include the Samsung Galaxy S5, which was released in 2014.
Quick Flash Support
The front-facing shooter on the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus is also in line for an upgrade. Many users have been requesting for a built-in flash feature for the selfie cam for quite some time. Unfortunately, the latest Apple devices won’t have LED flash. Instead, both will come with quick flash.
When users take a photo using the front camera, the screen will produce a bright flash for additional lighting. This feature is instantly activated when pressing the shutter button. If quick flash sounds familiar, it’s because developers first released the option in the Photo Booth app (Snapchat also supports similar features). Hopefully, Apple will make room for a real flash next time, but for now this will do. New features for the front FaceTime camera may include panorama and slow motion video shots at 720p.
The two iPhone models are expected to support Force Touch technology, a haptic feedback feature that measures the pressure of presses, taps or swipes on the screen. The robust controls add a new layer of responsive engagement for users.
September Product Launching Event
More information about the handheld devices will be released on September 9 during the tech giant’s highly anticipated media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. During the conference, the company is also rumored to announce an official release date for the iOS 9 platform and a new version of Apple TV.
Live streaming will available for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and PC users.