iPhone 6 camera focus pixels

A new rumor published this weekend by Business Insider claims that a camera on Apple’s next-generation ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ employs a bigger sensor that can take in more light.

In addition, an unnamed source involved with the next iPhone’s camera design told the publication that Apple has created an enhanced lens designed to work with that improved sensor, which is also said to capture more detail by increasing pixel count to twelve megapixels.

“Apple is currently ordering suppliers to produce five-element lenses for the iPhone 6S that are designed to work with 12-megapixel camera sensors, a person within Apple’s supply chain told Business Insider.”

These components are currently being produced in volume and on schedule, this source said. The iPhone 6s allegedly has a five-element lens like present-generation models, but “made of a higher specification” to match the new 12-megapixel sensor.

But an ‘iPhone 7’ should have an even better lens comprised of six elements and a larger aperture to allow more light in. “This same person also said Apple is ordering six-element lenses for a future iPhone intended to be released after the iPhone 6S (presumably the iPhone 7),” reads the article.

iPhone 6 gray silver gold back camera

Now, Business Insider is hardly a reliable source of accurate information pertaining to unreleased Apple products. That being said, the next iPhone was previously rumored to offer “the biggest camera jump ever,” to quote Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.

Most of the talk about the iPhone 6s camera has focused on a higher-resolution Sony-made iSight camera sensor on the back at either 12 or 13 megapixels.

Another rumor has pointed to better low-light photography with the iPhone 6s rocking RGBW subpixel technology that makes use of an extra white pixel alongside the conventional RGB ones to capture more light. The front-facing shooter is said to be of a five-megapixel variety.

In addition to better cameras. the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, already identified in web logs as ‘iPhone 8,1’ and ‘iPhone 8,2,’ are said to include a Bendgate-proof aluminum body,a faster A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, support for the faster 300Mbps LTE networking, force-sensing screen, upgraded NFC hardware, a faster Touch ID and a new rose gold color option.

The new iPhones, iPads and possibly a next-generation Apple TV are thought to be unveiled at a yet-to-be-confirmed media event allegedly scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, with Germany’s top three wireless carriers apparently expecting to kick off sales of the new handsets on Friday, September 18.

Source: Business Insider

  • Curious to see if they were able to keep it the same height size even with the force touch screen or the rumors were true and they had to bump it up slightly. The camera sounds nice and with the issues I have on my 6plus (going to get it replaced) I’m now seriously debating on picking up the upcoming phone when originally I had no intentions of doing so.

    • Kelvin Lieu

      whats wrong with your 6 plus?

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I read that Apple has launched an iSight/FaceTime camera replacement programme for iPhone 6 Plus owners worldwide due to a defect in those cameras. Apparently they don’t focus well and thus take blurry photos. Not sure about the back camera though.

      • Kelvin Lieu

        yeah i checked and i have one of those phones. wait a minute, is it in regards to the front or back camera? i always assumed it was only the back lol

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I can’t remember which article, I think it was by MacRumors, that mentioned the “iSight” camera, which is the FaceTime camera I presume. Though I have to say that this doesn’t make complete sense. I mean, why “launch a programme” for something so specific? If one’s device is faulty (whatever component) and is still under warranty, wouldn’t there be a free-of-charge repair/replacement anyway? Sometimes they just like to announce things like that just to give us the impression that they’re “aware of the issue(s).”

      • Kelvin Lieu

        yeah cos they replace only the camera, right? i would’ve been a lot happier if my whole phone was replaced, just to be certain the issue would be resolved. Otherwise, i might not even replace the camera. opening up the phone might create more problems than fixing.

      • Depends who you talk with at the Apple Store and what device you have. I couldn’t have my phone replaced in store because I have a 128gb edition, just the camera. I’ll be taking mine in next week or so. But still seriously debating on the new phone. Guess I’ll see pricing and make a choice then.

      • Kelvin Lieu

        I have the 64gb model so i’m assuming my phone is more readily available than yours? i would definitely want the entire phone replaced

      • I would just go to your local store and see. They do have some 64gb in stock at stores in St Louis, MO. where I’m closely located. But no 128gb, ah well. 🙂

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        It really depends on who takes your case in the Apple Store as Tony already mentioned. For issues like cameras and home/power buttons, batteries and displays, they do a repair/component replacement. But issues like a faulty 3.5mm ear/headphone jack hole/port or a faulty charging port or the silent/mute switcher is broken then they replace the whole device. Every time I had an issue with my iPhones I was always fortunate enough to deal with a reasonable person who without a fuss just replaced my whole phone. Sometimes if you express urgency they might just give you a new phone. Tell them you can’t leave your phone overnight (if you booked an evening appointment with the Genius) because you’re leaving town the next day or whatever, it might work. Good luck!

      • Kelvin Lieu

        just had a thought. my warranty runs out within the next few months. pretty sure im gonna replace my phone before that runs out and because of that, i will most likely have a phone that doesnt have that camera issue (made within that time frame). so i guess wondering who will takes my case is irrelevant for me. unless you guys got any other ideas to maximize my value? haha

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Can’t think of anything else that I haven’t already mentioned. But just remember, if you’ve had a repair/replacement, that device is covered for 90days from that repair/exchange date. Ex: your warranty runs out in 1st October 2015, your phone was repaired/replaced in 1st September 2015, your new warranty expiry date is the end of November 2015. Again, express urgency (if you booked a late evening appointment) and tell them you need your phone right away as you’ll be travelling the next day. White lie, I suppose. Or if you do happen to have an iffy earphone port or a faulty charging port then you can exaggerate that story a tad. You could get a new phone. Tip: if you ALREADY had a repair done before on the SAME phone, then you can rightfully claim a full replacement. They can’t do ANOTHER repair on an already faulty phone which already underwent a repair in the past. I got nothing else. Good luck.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    God damn you Apple! Why couldn’t you have made this camera jump on last years model? 🙁 I cant even upgrade until March or April of next year, by at that point I might as well wait until September.

    • Because they wanted you to suffer and only you.

    • DevXav

      Because, according to Apple’s iPhone update history:

      The “number upgrade” is focused on a design change.
      The “S upgrade” is the one focused on hardware upgrade and bug corrections on the current model.

      That’s why I ALWAYS upgrade to the “S” versions instead of being Apple’s beta tester.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Yeah I WAS on that direction, but my 4S screen broke so I had to get the 5 early and now I’m on that path. Although I may get AT&T Next during my next upgrade so I can upgrade every year. We’ll see.

    • ericesque

      Most of the rumored features “should” have been included in the iPhone 6. Ram upgrade was already egregiously overdue. Same with the camera. Same with the base model having 32GB of storage.
      I’ve enjoyed my iPhone 6 Plus thoroughly, but any time I stop to think about these things it really needles me.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Yesss these are my exact thoughts! I wanted the 2GB of RAM too! Although I was looking at the Amazon Trade in program and you can get a pretty good amount back. So I MAY take a look at that…

      • iPhoneWINS

        yup im waiting for the 7 cause S models are always a ripoff

    • Benedict

      The new iPhone camera is only 13 MP and lacks behind the rest. So no need to be annoyed! You still got the chance to switch to another phone with a gorgeous 16 MP or even 21 MP camera! You just need to get rid of Apple f*ck+ng you up every year over and over again… 🙂

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Must be an android user…

      • iPhoneWINS

        android sucks

      • Cristian B

        your comment gave me cancer

      • Rowan09

        Why brag about 16 or 21 when Nokia made a 40+ MP phone? I guess those phones are also a joke too.

      • Benedict

        …if you don’t mind the big protruding lense and Windows Phone. Then you can also go for a Samsung Galaxy Camera with optical zoom…

      • ravinigga

        You know higher Mp is not always better.

        8 Mp can maybe take better than 16 Mp because of lens and also natural color flash.

      • Benedict

        So you can also imagine that the combination of more MP and even better lenses in those phones I’m talking about makes an even better picture. This talk about less MP is more an excuse from Apple.

  • HamptonWalley

    And the big surprise will be it is still a 8MP camera. Which actually good, because the sensor quality and size matters, the megapixel numbers just marketing bullshit.

  • n0ahcruz3

    bout time lol hate paying top dollar for a mid range specs and plagued with “gates”

  • iPhoneWINS

    still no wide angle ability ? pass

  • Guy

    With all the Great camera on smartphones these days. Apple really gonna step there game up in both front and rear cameras.