AppleInsider points to a new research note today from KGI’s Mingchi Kuo, an analyst it says is “known for having sources deep within Apple’s supply chain.” The note claims that Apple’s next smartphone could feature a new HD-capable front-facing camera.

The high resolution shooter, which would be a significant upgrade from the current VGA sensor used in the iPhone 4S, would allow users to make higher-quality FaceTime calls, and, according to Kuo, will be repositioned to the center of the handset…

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of FaceTime HD making its way into an upcoming Apple product. As you might recall, the feature was expected to turn up in both the iPhone 4S and the latest-generation iPad. Though obviously it never did.

That being said, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if Apple did finally decide to go with a new frontside sensor this time around. The iPhone is long overdue for a FaceTime camera upgrade. And with the handset expected to receive an all-new 4-inch display, LTE and other improvements this year, now seems as good a time as any to do it.

What do you think? Will the next iPhone feature FaceTime HD?

  • there’s really no excuse for a VGA camera in 2012, the razr circa 2004 had a VGA camera

    • The current VGA camera is just the second camera, the main camera is a 8MP camera. Its not as bad as u are making it out to be.

      • Falk M.

        People constantly take self-portraits of themselves and friends at events or at home etc…
        Why should such (sometimes way more unique and personal pics than landscapes) be of less quality than the backside taken pics?

        Hell, if you ask me, put the same lens on both sides so I don’t have to flipping care, here’s an extra 10 bucks for that element that gives me peace of mind once and for all.

        Jesus Christ, just flipping spice it up and make a difference, Apple.
        Taking pictures of yourself and your friends twisting your iPhone around and guessing the framing is getting annoying quickly.

  • off topic:

    why are you using an iphone 4 close up in this article? isn’t it kind of old-fashioned? 😉

  • I don’t know.

  • I think it’s time. I don’t use FaceTime much, and I ignore taking pictures and video with the Front Camera because the quality sucks. I’d be more inclined to use it if it were in HD.

  • Dan

    nice but HD facetime will sure gobble up the 3G data!

    • Thats when apple goes like “only with WiFi”

      • Dan

        well it already does, that’s where 3G unrestrictor comes in

  • Wold be nice 🙂