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Leak: Insider says next year’s iPhone may have a DSLR-quality camera

Published Nov 19th, 2014 9:30AM EST
iPhone 6s / iPhone 7 Rumors: Camera
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

For many years, Apple has decided not to engage in a megapixel war with rivals when it comes to its iPhone cameras, instead deciding to improving the iPhone’s camera performance without any significant increases to image sizes. Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus still have 8-megapixel sensors, their cameras are even better than previous models, and have been highly praised in reviews from professional photographers who thoroughly tested their abilities when it comes to taking pictures and recording videos.

However, Apple might be planning a major update for its iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7) models next year, according to what Apple insider John Gruber said during the latest episode of The Talk Show podcast.

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“The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” Gruber said. “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.”

It’s not clear whether Apple will increase the number of megapixels in future iPhone cameras, but, coincidentally, Sony recently announced a new smartphone camera sensor that offers 21-megapixel resolution into a small 1/2.4-inch design, The Tech Block points out.

Sony has been the provider of iPhone camera sensors for several years now, but it’s not known whether the new smartphone camera sensor it announced will also be available to future iPhone buyers.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.