iPhone 6 (round dual-LED flash, NowhereElse 001)

Virtually every major leak pertaining to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 has depicted a round flash hole on the back rather than the pill-shaped opening seen on the iPhone 5s.

In turn, several watchers have speculated that Apple may have abandoned True Tone flash altogether and switched back to the inferior single LED flash design.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

True Tone flash is part of the iPhone 5s’s improved camera performance. Can anyone in their right mind say that Apple engineers would be willing to forgo dual-LED flash design and therefore sacrifice better highlights and more natural-looking skin tones?

I consistently argued Apple must have instead found a way to engineer a round dual-LED flash. Indeed. Lo and behold, among a plethora of purported part leaks published earlier this morning by a French blog is a component featuring both white and amber LED lights packaged together in a round-shaped part…

The image top of post, first noticed and highlighted by MacRumors, clearly shows a round dual-LED flash component that could be destined for Apple’s next smartphone.

The photo is part of a rich image gallery of claimed iPhone 6 components posted earlier today by the French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google Translate].

MacRumors writes:

This round flash module is integrated into a purported iPhone 6 flex cable that contains several arms with a power button, a logic board connector, a microphone, and the round True Tone flash. The cable had been seen in a previous leak late last month, but only from the rear where the flash itself was not visible.

True Tone flash is Apple’s marketing moniker for a dual-LED flash module comprised of amber and white LED lights that allow for a more natural skin tones and better highlights in low-light scenarios.

From Apple’s iPhone 5s webpage:

The new True Tone flash gives the iSight camera capabilities that are the first for any smartphone. It’s made up of two LEDs, one white and one amber. But they don’t simply fire in tandem. When you take a picture with the flash enabled, the iSight camera uses software algorithms to assess the color temperature of the scene.

That allows iPhone 5s to determine just the right percentage and intensity of white light versus amber light you need — using over 1000 unique combinations. The result is a beautiful shot with more true-to-life colors. Not too cool. Not too warm. Better highlights. More natural-looking skin tones. And the same goes for the iSight videos you record.

I take a lot of photos on my iPhone 5s and True Tone flash does make a difference in low-light photography compared to pre-iPhone 5s iPhones and other single LED flash smartphones. This is especially true when shooting people in dark rooms as True Tone flash can distinguish between more than a thousand different color temperatures.

Both new iPhones — a 4.7-inch variant and the bigger, phablet-class 5.5-incher — should be revealed at the September 9 media event.

The iPhone 6 is expected to feature a redesigned and thinner enclosure and include an Apple-designed A8 chip (said to be clocked at 2GHz or more per core), a 13-megapixel Sony-made camera with optical image stabilization, three new sensors and more.

  • Brian 

    Sh*t is getting real. Can August be over already?

    • Jonathan

      I kinda wish not. (school) xP

      • Rupinder S

        I start tomorrow D:

      • Jonathan

        Ouch.. :/ I start September 2nd, (22 days from now)

      • Rupinder S

        Don’t count the days! Trust me, it’ll last a lot longer haha

      • Jonathan

        I’m not. 😛 How’s school now? xD

      • BreakingAwesome

        School starts 3rd for me :-D.

      • Jonathan

        Well then, when the times comes, I can rub it back in your face saying I finish a day earlier. xD

        (or more. homeschooled = no snow days)

      • Rupinder S

        Meh, it was alright. Gonna be a long year! Lol

      • Jonathan

        lol. Mind if I ask what grade/year of college? I’m starting 11th.

    • Derp

      Exactly. I can’t wait for that white PS4 to drop.

    • Freddy Born

      yeah but there is almost no surprise anymore. We know what the hardware looks like and we know the software, almost anyone can install ios 8 (beta

      • Chris Tangler

        so you’d be surprised come release of the iphone X (i use “x” to refer to any iphone now or in the future). Even if there wasn’t a single pic up until the final product presented to you in the keynote by apple, you still wouldn’t be surprised by the product apple presented to you. That’s because no matter what, apple doesn’t really innovate, they improve on existing tech. Meaning that when iphone X comes out, its going to look the same as most other iphones before it, with only slight modifications (ie. bezel, and internals). The exception to this was the iphone 5s, with the touchID and x64 architecture. Otherwise, what is there to be surprised about. It nearly always looks the same with a crap battery and modifications to performance (good ones though) and size. Thats just about it.

        That being said, I’m definitely getting one shortly after it comes out, but i don’t expect it to be the definition of innovation.

      • Freddy Born

        domt get me wrong. i am getting the new ipad with touch id and sell my air 🙂

      • BoardDWorld

        They always innovate in some form. Not in the style/form factor but in “many” other aspects. What’s wrong is our expectations, we expect these innovations & implementations from Apple.

        I love this new iPhone, it’s going back to it’s roots, styling it on the original iPhone. But with all the goodness and more from the last 7 years

  • Nice I was right. I knew apple wouldn’t revert back on this. A lot of folks were scared of the circular flash hole.

  • Razick Rilshad

    Waiting for to see the invitation

    • dan

      invitation for what

      • Razick Rilshad

        For WWDC event

  • Luis Barbosa

    no stand out camera please

    • BoardDWorld

      It will never happen, that’s the Chinese knock off you get on Alibaba.

  • Gate

    “This is especially true when shooting people in dark rooms…”

    Thanks for the post Christian!

    • Frank Anthony

      haha:) You are really funny) I almost did not noticed 😮

  • Jamessmooth

    Yup. No way apple goes back to single flash after using True Tone. Wasn’t worried to begin with 😀

  • n0ahcruz3

    No protruding camera pls

  • Adam Bowman

    True Tone Flashlight.

    That little light on the back of my device gets more use illuminating where I’m waking at night than it does illuminating photographs.

  • Chaotic Buddhist

    It would be silly to think just because the LED flash isn’t pill shaped now that somehow there was a step backward. The average consumer simply does not understand what Apple is up to and as such, they need to quit speculating..

  • Coty Scott

    I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this but, the shape of this flex seems to indicate a change in the shape of the logic board. If that is the power flex it would seem like they are going to return to the “L” shaped board like the 4 and 4s.

  • Donovan

    The pill shaped flash looks cool imo, I’d like that back.