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Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones were previously rumored to incorporate a five-megapixel sensor out the front and now a revered analyst is reaffirming those rumors.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst in the world, is reporting in a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that aside from upgrading the back shooter to twelve megapixels, the front-facing camera on the new phones will be five megapixels.

He surprisingly wrote the devices won’t feature sapphire cover because it’s failed drop tests, forcing the new phones back to ion-strengthened glass. “The new iPhone may not be equipped with sapphire cover lens, as it still has quality issues on the drop test,” reads the analyst’s note to clients.

Kuo also reaffirmed that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will indeed be offered in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, the same sizes available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Well-known gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer first alluded that the 16GB tier won’t be going away anytime soon based on a leaked photo of purported iPhone 6s packaging.

Back in July, a supposed internal document posted on Chinese microblogging website Weibo first suggested a five-megapixel front camera upgrade on the upcoming iPhones.

I must say that I’m way more excited about the front-camera boost than the vastly improved back-facing 12-megapixel shooter with 4K video capture. I’m sick and tired of grainy selfies due to the iPhone’s sub-par front camera which shoots 720p video but takes only paltry 1.3-megapixel photos.

The new iPhones should include Force Touch screens, a more reliable Touch ID, a new rose gold color option to match the Apple Watch, faster processors and wireless, enhanced cameras and other perks.

The phones are up for an announcement at Apple’s event next Wednesday, alongside the iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 and a vastly improved Apple TV set-top box.

Source: MacRumors