Space gray iPhone 5s camera

As we told you before, supposed case leaks indicate that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 could be as thin as the current-generation iPod touch, its slim body purportedly measuring between 6.5mm and 7.0mm (the iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thick).

But Apple’s desire to create an ultra-thin phone might also result in an unsightly camera lens protrusion on the back, according to purported production images.

The exposed camera design is said to be the result of the larger components needed for a new optical image stabilization feature. Apple’s engineers are faced with a dilemma: create an ultra-thin device that features optical image stabilization and has the annoying protrusion or expand the device slightly to 7.5mm to get rid of the protruded module on the back.

But there’s allegedly a third option: tap the speedy A8 processor and the power of software to implement an electronic rather than optical image stabilization. This would allow Apple to realize the thin appearance of the device while doing away with the rumored bulge on the back…

The claim comes in a Weibo post [Google translate] by ESM China analyst Sun Chang Xu, relayed by GforGames.

The iPhone 6’s camera will apparently have larger pixels, measuring 1.75 micrometers each versus 1.5 micrometers on the iPhone 5s. By comparison, the iPhone 4’s sensor has a pixel size of 1.75 micrometers. Larger pixels can take in more light, resulting in better images overall.

Corroborating the thinness claim, Taiwanese news site The Commercial Times recently said that Apple had asked its suppliers to create very thin battery components for the handset, measuring 2mm or less versus standard smartphone batteries that have a thickness of roughly 2.8 – 2.9 millimeters.

Xu previously said that the iPhone 6 will incorporate new sensors to measure pressure, temperature and humidity.

If the rumors pan out, the next iPhone will be a very thin device with the same eight-megapixel camera sensor on the back as the current iPhones, but using a wider f/1.8 aperture, an enhanced filter and a bunch of software-based improvements.

iPhone 4S camera lens

It’s worth remembering that the iPhones are currently capable of stabilizing shaky video in real-time, thanks to Apple’s in-house designed A7 chip that incorporates a new image processor, a feature originally introduced in the A5 chip.

Software-based image stabilization, also known as Electronic Image Stabilization, is inferior to Optical Image Stabilization, a technology implemented in the lens itself.

In a nutshell, optical image stabilization works by moving the sensor as the final element in the optical path, which in turn stabilizes the image projected on the sensor before the sensor itself converts light into image data.

The next iPhone is said to come in two sizes – 4.7 and 5.5 inches – and is projected to launch this Fall.

Pictured top of post: the iPhone 5s camera.

  • Tony

    If it’s just an 8 again I won’t bother with this phone. I don’t care about a bigger screen, I want better photos!

    • vingtsun

      Really, the number of pixels correspond with the ability to printout larger, clearer pictures. Apple’s camera is already better than all the other one’s available. Again, adding pixels does not make it better – software is what makes it better…

      • BozzyB

        So everybody who is using a 8+ MP module and optical stabilisation is just wasting money?

      • yafim

        Compare shots from galaxy s4 which has 13 megapixels iPhone 5s with 8 megapixels still beats it.

      • ClaudieX X

        it doesn’t beat it… IT KICKS IT IN THE ASSS !!!

      • abazigal

        Depends on what they are using it for. Most people take photos to share online, then compress it to save on bandwidth, which defeats the benefits of taking a higher-res photo in the first place.

      • I’ll say it again, the MP is for digital zooming and cropping. Don’t need to keep the entire photo…if the software is programmed right (like on the Lumia 1020), it can shrink the entire photo to an 8MP size for sharing the entire photo, or if sharing crapped part of the photo, shrink only that cropped part to the 8MB size (if it’s bigger).

      • Butch Danes

        Take a picture with the current iPhones then zoom in on something and crop that section. You will see how terrible the quality gets when you start to zoom in. Increasing the megapixels to at least 10 or 12 would help since you won’t be losing too much quality. When the refresh of the iPhone 6 comes out next year or the iPhone 7 in 2016 and they finally increase the megapixels, is everyone going to throw a fit when they finally increase the megapixels.

    • Ricky

      See if its using f1.8 it helps the pict quality. 8mp is just nice. More pixel maybkead to higher pict sharpness but might as well grt a dslr for sharp images

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    • ClaudieX X

      Mega Noob !!

  • nfinite

    I need better photo quality, not bigger MP count.. And if this rumor true, then apple is in the right direction.. f1.8 with bigger sensor means more light, useful for night scene..

  • hkgsulphate

    whenever there is a group of people want to take a photo, they always ask the ones who use iPhone