With many iPhone lovers still waiting to get their grubby little paws onto the current flagships, the rumor mill for the next gen iPhone has already begun. According to recent reports, Apple is looking into Dual Lenses for the iPhone 6S (tenative) and pair it with Sony’s New 4K-Ready, 21-Megapixel Exmor RS Sensor.
Sony has just débuted a new image sensor for mobile devices that incorporates a “stacked” design, which offers a more compact form factor while still improving dramatically on overall performance.It’s reasonable to speculate that the next-gen iPhone (and iPad) devices could reap the benefits of the 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230.
The sensor is equipped with a special chip that permits the pixel and circuit sections to sit on top of each other, which opens the door to a host of other intricate enhancements. Simply put, the potential improvement in real-world performance resides somewhere between a small step and the proverbial giant leap, and while this isn’t the first time that Sony has indulged in this stacking technique, the fact that the advanced design of the IMX230 offers HDR and “plane phase detection” autofocus is certainly something to savor.
With 21-megapixel HDR and 4K video recording, it’s tempting to get excited about the prospect of the next iPhone offering such grandiose features but there’s more to it.
On the most recent episode of The Talk Show podcast, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber revealed that “a birdie of a birdie” told him Apple is working on a two-lens system for incorporation in the next-generation iPhone.
The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. 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.
While speculation, Apple could employ a similar system, or even stitch together image data from both camera modules, to achieve DSLR-quality high-resolution photos. The company has no shortage of patents covering smartphone camera technology, including Lytro-like refocusing,interchangeable modules and interchangeable external lenses.
Well, seems like I might skip the iPhone 6 Plus after all. The current cameras are the best on the block, but if even one of these rumors turn out to be true, Apple is going to have a jolly good 2015!