iPhone 6 front camera

Developer Hamza Sood has discovered some rather interesting code strings in the iOS 9 software development kit (SDK) potentially pointing to an impressive front-facing camera upgrade on future iPhone models.

While the iPhone has become the de facto the most popular camera in the world, many Android handsets have far better cameras out the front for taking selfies. But that could change soon as code strings point to a future FaceTime camera upgrade delivering video-shooting capabilities in full HD 1080p resolution, Slow-Mo video capture at 240 frames per second and more.

According to a screenshot he shared on Twitter, code strings in iOS 9 contain placeholders for other front-facing camera features, including panoramic capture and built-in flash. I for one am looking forward to capturing a panorama of my face!

To better put these features in context, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both outfitted with a rather sub-par FaceTime camera for taking selfies with a ƒ/2.2 aperture and 720p video recording capability.

When it comes to taking photos, however, these cameras only capture 1.2-megapixel photos in a laughable 1,280-by-960 pixel resolution. Other features of the FaceTime camera on the new iPhones include backside illumination sensor, auto HDR for photos and videos, improved face detection, support for burst mode, manual exposure control and timer mode.

Although iOS betas sometimes reference hardware that never gets released, in this particular case Hamza is likely onto something. Nikkei Asian Review reported back in February 2014 that Apple would its front-camera supplier OmniVision for Sony, Apple’s go-to supplier of CMOS sensors adoring the iPhone’s iSight camera on the back.

The report said Apple and Sony had entered an agreement to build a new plant for iPhone camera sensors worth 35 billion yen, or about $340 million. In addition, Apple pundit John Gruber learned “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is in fact working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone model.

Source: Hamza Sood

  • Dany Quirion

    lets hope

  • Eni

    Now well have panoramic selfes? lol

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      *We’ll

      • White Michael Jackson

        Wheel*

      • Eni

        Selfies*

  • As always I get lucky with my ’s’ upgrades ^_^!

    • The upgrade after the S is gonna be even better than what you were waiting for… think of the posibilities ^_^!

      • Blip dude

        And think about the S update after that update and how it can potentially be even better.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Then think of the phone after that one. That one could be the best

      • Skoven

        IPHONES!

      • At that point you’d have to think of the non S update after that which is going to be even better.. The point I’m getting at is that there is no reason to wait for an S lol.

  • danilichti

    Doesn’t really matter because FaceTime is one of the worst things in iOS. I have an iPhone 6 and a 100 mb connection and the picture I see when facetiming equals an image of an iPhone 1st generation.

  • DOOManiac

    S-models always have upgraded cameras; no reason to think the 6s will be any different…

    • Alborz

      every single iPhone so far had upgraded cameras.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      If you think for one minute that any (s) built iPhone model is no different than a more significantly advanced camera, then you are sadly mistaken.

  • TechLove

    iPhone 4s (speed)
    iPhone 5s (security)
    iPhone 6s (selfie?) 😉

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      more like:
      iPhone 3Gs (Speed)
      iPhone 4s (Siri)
      iPhone 5s (Security)
      iPhone 6s (Superiority)

      • 9to5Slavery

        6S was suppose to be sapphire

        Now 6S should be Shutter Quality or something

    • The 3GS was speed and the 4S was Siri.

  • singhay559

    Now nanna can get in the picture

    • TechLove

      Lol

  • Dante Arellano

    Androide has better camera. …….but who gives a shitte adroide phones???