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In the latest episode of The Talk Show, famed Apple pundit John Gruber mentions that he’s heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone, as first noted by The Tech Block.

He’s heard little in terms of camera features aside from a brief mention of a “weird two-lens system” that should take the next iPhone’s camera into “DSLR quality imagery,” those are Gruber’s exact words.

Apple’s been using a five-element lens design for iPhone back cameras since the 2011 introduction of the iPhone 4s.

“The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” he said on the show. “I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.”

He didn’t mention anything in terms of the CMOS brand Apple might use. The iPhones and iPads traditionally use CMOS sensors for the rear camera supplied by Sony, with the latest models ditching OmniVision parts for the front-facing camera in favor of Sony.

Interestingly enough, the Japanese consumer electronics giant announced yesterday its next-generation smartphone camera sensor featuring a 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor that can shoot video in 4K resolutions using HDR image technology and fit inside a tiny 1/2.4-inch design.

iPhone 6 gray silver gold back camera

The sensor could easily make its way onto future iPhones and iPads.

It’s unclear whether Gruber was referring to Sony’s newly announced sensor. It’s entirely conceivable that the two-lens system Gruber briefly talked about would bring interchangeable lenses to the next iPhone.

Apple owns numerous patents related to mobile photography, including a high-resolution iPhone camera with optical zoom, a Lytro-like refocus able camera technology and another one detailing interchangeable iPhone camera lenses, pictured below.

That invention would allow for interchangeable camera lenses like those used in DSLRs and other mid-to-high-end cameras, thanks to a fastening mechanism that would use a series of small bayonet mounts located on both the phone and the lens.

Apple patent (interchangeable camera lens 001)

“Rotating the lens in one direction would align the bayonets on both ends, attaching the lens to the camera,” explains ArsTechnica. “Rotating it in the opposite direction would detach them.”

Gruber is clearly among people in the know. Not only is he privy to the inner workings of the California firm, his opinions and reactions to Apple news published at Daring Fireball, his personal blog, reverberate around the blogosphere.

[The Tech Block]

  • Ryan Bartsch

    If apple can make this happen for the 6s, i will be first in line… even though i got the 6

    • ★Berry

      Me too

      • Arturo Polanco

        me too

      • redjazon

        Me three!

      • Unknownymous

        Me so horny

  • Cody

    Glad I returned my 6 plus.

  • Fanboy 

    Lies 🙁

  • Umut Bilgiç

    “He didn’t mention anything in terms of the CMOS brand Appel might use” Apple*

  • Maxim∑

    Imagine an iPhone camera with a real 21MP sensor. Not the BS android 50MP sensor thats technically just 8MP

    would be amazing!

    • Joseiscoollike

      What the hell are you even talking about?

      • TechLove


    • It’ll be getting closer to the Nokia Lumia 1020…unimaginable -_-

  • ClaudieX X

    After 8 MP I don’t care the size… my total attention is on quality improvement

  • Told you not to get the first of new models

    • Jordan Biagomala

      Lol, So I’ll get the next one and sell my current.

    • No point in waiting because the iPhone after that will be better the one you were waiting for. Never ending cycle. Buy every year if you can afford it then sell it to buy the next..

    • Rupinder

      It’s a never ending cycle no matter which model you buy. I prefer the normal ones (not the S) because you get an entirely new design.

      • I’m with you on that. I’d rather have a new look on the outside over minuscule changes they normally do on the S models.

      • Whatever makes you sleep at night with your model that will be vastly improved by an ’s’ version

      • * improved because it has flaws. Though the 6 not so much this time around but still.

  • ck125

    And it will be thinner, and have the camera stick out even further next time. Eh about time Apple. Now if only they’d focus more on battery and less on thinness

    • Gucciipad
    • Gucciipad


      • Xee

        … lol

  • Maybe it means the next iPhone will feature a 3D camera? It makes sense because of the two lenses. And earlier this month we heard a rumour that Apple is developing a glasses-free 3D display for the next iPhone…

    • Christian Mejía

      God no

    • James G

      Not sure. Does Apple even sell 3D content in the iTunes store? I don’t think that they do. I doubt 3D.

    • Brian Voll

      3D seems like it’s dead.

  • Stephaughn Alston

    I don’t think we’re getting interchangeable lenses, at least not yet. Doesn’t Apple have ALL of Kodaks patents?

  • TheDarkLord

    And that’s why I jumped to the Z3 Compact this year after 5 years with
    an iPhone. Not enough ingenuity anymore from Cupertino. Sony has it all
    now especially with their Z3 line-up. 20MP camera, 4K recording, wireless charging,
    water/dust proof, premium glass design, 3 day battery life on a single full
    charge, dual stereo front speakers, micro sd expansion, etc.

    • tariq

      Jump to Xperia Z. Still better camera than any iPhone

  • White Michael Jackson

    Thanks goodness i was just about to purchase the 6. I guess can wait.

    • dan

      go back to your grave Michael

      • White Michael Jackson

        never bitch! I’ll live for ever.

  • SoylentGreen

    Would this be the same jonathan grubby gruber that has atleast 7 videos appeared of him talking about how he was paid 400 grand to get the (quote) “dumb americans” too swallow obamacare? He brags how he can fool “the dumb public” that obamacare would half there healthcare costs, keep own doctor, hide the 5000$ fines if you dont take compulsory healthcare for employers etc etc etc, its fitting that hes been in bed with apple too, thing is if you see the vids uncovered this week you will see what a vile character he is. Apple are in the frontrows of this obama deception

  • Chintan Kankeshwar

    Never ending cycles….after camera something else……

  • Bob

    Please don’t force me to get a 6S apple.