Next-generation iPhone might sport a DSLR-quality camera
We’ve barely spent a few weeks with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the market, and it’s already time to do some talking about Apple’s plans for its next-generation iPhone. Given Apple’s track record, what’ll most likely happen is that we’ll get the exact same design as the current-generation iPhone 6, but with some improved specifications. The iPhone’s camera is still regarded as one of the best in the industry, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s been stuck at 8 megapixels since the last four generations, and it seems this is where Cupertino will strike next.
John Gruber is famous for having early insight into Apple’s future plans, and in a recent episode of his podcast he stated that the camera on the next-generation iPhone might be the “biggest jump ever.” According to Gruber, Apple might be planning to use a two-lens system that would allow the phone to generate DSLR quality photos through some interesting software tweaks. Now, it’s hard to predict if this means that Apple will adopt the dual-lens system that we currently see on the HTC One M8, and especially since it would require the company to tweak the hardware in order to get that to work.
This leaves a couple of questions on the table. We still can’t understand the need for a protruding camera lens on the iPhone 6, but it does make sense on the iPhone 6 Plus due to the optical image stabilization. It could be that Apple just adopted this setup early with the iPhone 6 in order to avoid hardware changes in the next-generation iPhone. That said, if Apple does tweak the hardware to enable two camera lenses, would this allow for optical image stabilization given that the HTC One M8 had to ditch the technology on its dual-camera setup?
There’s a lot to be answered, and we have a whole year to speculate, so we’ll keep you posted as more information emerges.