iPhone 5S glass wedge (dual-LED flash, NowhereElse 001)

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 refresh, the iPhone 5S, is expected to further appease to iPhone photographers by increasing the back iSight camera resolution from eight megapixels on the current model all the way up to twelve megapixels.

Pixel count matters but there’s more to photography than megapixels (hint: more powerful LED flash).

Apple is thought to be giving the iPhone 5S a dual-LED flash module, a first for the iPhone. The technology should allow for improved low-light shooting and more natural looking photographs, especially those taken under artificial light.

The French blog NowhereElse.fr on Monday published a photo showing what looks like a back iPhone part – the top glass strip to be precise, with a taller LED flash hole next to the iSight camera hole…

NowhereElse has reposted the images originally posted by a user on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.

As seen top of post and below, the part looks much like the top glass wedge from the current two-tone iPhone 5 design. Unlike the actual aluminum backplate, the strip is made from glass to allow radio signals to pass through the device’s chassis.

That’s also where Apple’s engineers put camera and LED flash holes. Comparing these images with your iPhone 5 reveals a considerable larger, pill-shaped LED flash hole.

The twice as tall window will presumable accommodate for a larger dual-LED flash module. The iPhone 5S‘s camera module assembly may also be completely independent of the flash module as opposed to the iPhone 5, which has a ribbon attached to the camera part.

iPhone 5S glass wedge (dual-LED flash, NowhereElse 002)

iLounge was first to report back in January that the next iPhone will include a larger flash module in addition to a thirteen-megapixel camera module, mentioning Sony as Apple’s likely CMOS sensor pick.

However, yesterday’s report by the fairly reliable Macotakara contradicts iLongue’s camera resolution claim, saying the iPhone 5S will actually retain the iPhone 5’s eight-megapixel sensor and feature a wider f/2.0 aperture to allow more light in while taking photos, thereby improving sensitivity and image quality.

Be that as it may, the reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March confirmed the dual-LED flash theory. He thinks the 5S will feature what he referred to as an all-new Smart Flash system, which can use a white or yellow flash based on lighting conditions.

There’s also evidence that the iPhone 5S will enable super slow-motion video capture at 120 frames per second. AllThingsD heard from sources (and The Loop corroborated) that Apple is scheduled to unveil the new iPhones at a media event on September 10.

  • hkgsulphate

    dat microphone

  • Swifity

    That doesnt look like a glass wedge like on the 5..

    • dedegarrido

      They apparently changed to plastic, since when the iPhone was dropped, the glass was mostly the part that braked.

      • dedegarrido

        I hope they solved the issue with the polished borders of the iPhone 5 as well….

      • ReanimationXP

        Your spelling and grammar are braked.

      • dedegarrido

        Just because of the “break” typo? well… that was a typo.

      • illK†Δ

        No. Not one person wants a stupid plastic phone. I can understand the 5S and cheaper plastic 5C, but the flagship 5S must be glass. Plastic is for Samsung, Not apple

      • dedegarrido

        I don’t want a plastic phone either. I just said they apparently did it; not that I hope they did. I only hope they solve the issue with the borders.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    Ehh. I have to wait another year for the iPhone 6 to get that nice 13-megapixel (and hopefully other improvements) camera.

  • JL

    I’ll keep my i5, thanks.

    • batongxue

      let’s go and see lol

      • JL

        Ive seen my i5 already its gonna be the same desing outside.. In fact who cares about camera updates and different core people just want a new phone with bigger screen and nice apple desing.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Just put a xenon flash instead of a dual led flash.

    • ReanimationXP

      but moar is bettar amirite?!

  • Gorgonphone

    cool at least its and easy way to instantly tell the 5S apart from the 5..lol

    • Gal916

      same same every year, iphone 5s gonna be exact the same look as the iphone 5 with hardware improvements, nothing new and that’s became so boring!

      at least we gonna get the ios7 a bit refreshments

  • tee

    where is the gold color?