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We don’t know much about the next-generation iPhone, which is Apple is expected to introduce later this year. It’s believed to be an ‘S’ model, with a faster processor and other upgraded internals. Outside of that, however, we literally know nothing about the handset.

But if past ‘S’ iPhone releases are any indication, the iPhone 5S will surely offer at least one ‘stand-out’ feature. The 3GS had video recording, for example, and the 4S added Siri. So what will the 5S’ killer feature be? A new report says it could be slow-motion video…

9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman points to recently discovered code hidden inside the iOS 7 developer beta that suggests the next-gen iPhone could include a new ‘Mogul’ camera mode. This secret feature, he says, allows video recording at a staggering 120 frames-per-second.

“We have discovered that Apple is designing a new iPhone camera feature called “Mogul” mode. A mogul is defined as a powerful person in a media industry, making the word a perfect codename (or even a marketing name) for a new iPhone camera feature. The discovery, shared with us by Hamza Sood, comes by way of hidden references inside of the latest iOS 7 betas.

According to our analysis and testing of the code, “Mogul” is a feature in development that allows the iPhone to capture video at an exceptionally fast and precise rate. Specifically, our testing indicates that the feature can allow the iPhone to record video at a rate of 120 frames-per-second (FPS). The resolution at which this 120FPS video could be recorded at, however, is currently unclear.”

Capturing video at 120FPS would allow iPhone users to create slow motion films. Many popular cameras and handsets have this feature, including the GoPro Hero3 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Video captured at a fast rate, and replayed at standard speed appears much slower.

Here’s a slow-motion video shot at 120FPS with a Galaxy S4:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz8AbqWgMJM

Interestingly enough, while testing the mode, Gurman found that Mogul would not work on an iPhone 5 due to ‘unsupported hardware,’ suggesting that it is intended for a future iPhone. Just as Siri was exclusive to the iPhone 4S, Mogul may be reserved for the the 5S.

Admittedly, slow-motion capture would really round out a nice iPhone 5S feature set, which is rumored to include an all new camera system with a 13MP sensor and dual LED flash. The handset is expected to make its debut this fall, alongside a new budget iPhone model.

Thoughts?

  • Guest

    wow, that’s a lot…
    True slow motion would be a cool and unique function
    I think if it can get higher fps with 1080p
    This + life prof case = iPhone GoPro haha

    • SimonReidy

      There’s nearly always a drop in resolution to achieve higher frame rates in consumer equipment, as otherwise the bandwidth and processing required is huge (and usual 1080p video file would literally quadruple in size). My guess is its 480p @ 120hz or 720p at most, but either will still be acceptable and look cool.

    • jocastro

      but really who will use it

      • Ryan Stack

        a lot of people. how many people use slow motion with GoPros?

      • Steve Jobs

        People who already use GoPros won’t buy this phone because 1)They own a GoPro 2)because a GoPro is made for that environment.

      • Eric

        The slow mo is not that great of a break through feature for Apple to put with the iPhone 5S/6.

        What would be great is a fingerprint scanner – that would be new, innovative and exciting to not have to type passwords each time I access my phone, or an App running in my phone.

        And, with Slow Mo video – the iPhone is a poor device for that, as there is not enough STORAGE SPACE.

        Recently I was on vacation, and I took my very small handheld HD JVC video camera because it uses SD cards for storage.

        My iPhone does not have a lot of storage for video and pics – especially for 120 fps video!

        Yes, the iPhone is great for an occasional snap or video of the dog doing something cute, because my phone is handy.

        But thanks to Apple’s “wisdom” (stop laughing) to NOT allow for external storage cards, storage space is at a premium.

        Really how much slow mo video at 120 fps could you shoot on an iPhone with 16 or 32 gb? How much of that space is even available? My 16 gb iPhone is lucky to have 1 or 2 gb “free” at any particular time.

        The Samsung G4 allows you to use micro SD cards – which I know come in at least 32 gb size, and I’m pretty sure I have seen a micro SD in 64 gb.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        THIS

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah it will create huge video file for no reason

      • Raul Henriquez

        You are as dumb as they come

  • Steve Jobs

    “Admittedly, slow-motion capture would really round out a nice iPhone 5S feature set”

    Really? Something that other smartphones already have is satisfying, Cody? I’m not five years old anymore. How about a feature set that is somewhat useful in daily adult life.

    • Brandon Higgins

      Steve himself said it!

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      I agree, it is kind of cool, but I realy hope this is not the next iphone big selling point

      • Steve Jobs

        Exactly. This feature is something I’ll have fun with once in a while, but definitely not a selling point. We’ll see, I suppose.

    • Gorgonphone

      side times in apple camp… boredom sets in and denial is the new 9soup of the day

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Wicked !!!

  • Dani Hayes

    SloPro was AMAZING to use before the iOS 6 update. On iOS 5 it was 60fps and it was simply clear and wonderful. I hope it gets fixed in iOS 7 :/

  • belumira

    The S in 3GS stood for Speed. On the 4S for Siri. Could it stand for Slow Motion en the 5S?

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      hope not

  • Eric

    I’m just curious – what are the odds that the “5S” (or “6” if they do something clever and break the precedent) will have the fingerprint scanner?

    IMO, the fingerprint scanner would be the “serious upgrade feature” – not a “slow motion” camera.

  • Gorgonphone

    um this is boring and not a big cool selling feature.. just boring crap to keep up with the other phones out there.. i want apple innovate and wow me..

  • David Villamizar

    That video was taken by a Galaxy Camera, not a Galaxy S4.

  • Jerry

    “hey guys look at my new iPhone 5S it records in slow motion now!” Something the iPhone 5 can’t do!……-__-

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    if Apple will come out with something useless like this, it will be really disappointing…FINGERPRINT SENSOR FTW!!!!

  • batongxue

    the question is what would the resolution be

  • chris125

    Hope this isn’t the “killer feature” of the next iPhone

  • blastingbigairs

    I just want a wider (not longer) screen, this just makes me yawn.

  • brooks whiffen seale

    What if you played 120hz at twice the speed? how would that effect video playback?

  • Joseph Murimi

    That’s it? Slow mo video?? After iOS 7 i thought Apple had learned their lesson, that we’d be getting a lot more worthy features…
    I seriously hope that’s not all the iPhone 5S is coming with. Just another “improved camera”. I’m tired of that word. I want “new”.

  • iWonder

    Sometimes in life, all you need is a good DSLR. Thats it.

  • techfreak23

    It seems Apple actually has a legitimate excuse not to bring this “mogul” feature to past handsets due to hardware limitations, unlike the ability to take stills while recording, which was only available officially on the 5. I have a jailbroken 4S with still capture enabler installed and the feature works perfectly.