iPhone 5S (Camera module, NowhereElse 003)

The not-entirely-accurate Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes back in June 2011 incorrectly reported that the then rumored iPhone 5 would incorporate dual-LED flash. That hasn’t panned out, but the rumor lives on. Numerous reports and a purported backplate seemingly point to Apple adopting dual-LED flash on the iPhone 5S.

But unlike the standard implementations, Apple engineers may have chosen to incorporate the LED flash module completely¬†independent from the camera lens, potentially reducing interference with the camera module…

The French blog NowhereElse.fr passes along images posted by a Chinese retailer Luna Commerce that show some differences between the standard iPhone 5S camera module and the rumored iPhone 5S camera with dual-LED flash.

iPhone 5S (Camera module, NowhereElse 002)

Shown above is the alleged iPhone 5S camera module.

You can clearly see a standalone camera attached to a ribbon, as opposed to the current iPhone 5 which has a ribbon attached to the part.

As noted by iPhone in Canada, the image appears to confirm the dual-LED flash rumor “as the connectors could differ”. It also all but confirms that¬†the iPhone 5S ‘s camera module could be indeed totally independent of the flash.

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Check out the larger, pill-shaped window for the LED flash next to the iSight camera. Purported iPhone 5S rear plate image via MacRumors.

Take this with a grain of salt as Luna Commerce could be in it purely for free press.

The next iPhone is said to improve upon the iPhone 5’s eight-megapixel camera with sapphire lens by introducing a twelve or thirteen-megapixel module,¬†perhaps featuring Sony‚Äôs sensor.

There’s more to photography than the pixels. With that in mind, the increased resolution of the next iPhone’s camera will undoubtedly provide a nice boon to iPhone photography buffs out there.

Case in point: this image Brian Klug, Senior Smartphone Editor for AnandTech, took with his Moto X.

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Click for full-res.

Awesome, no?

Moto X’s ten-megapixel ClearPixel camera has excellent low-ligh performance, so much so that some say¬†it outperforms¬†Nokia’s Lumia 1020 PureView 41MP snapper.

Dual-LED flash Рa photography feature found on some high-end Android smartphones Рprovides brighter and more expansive lighting, which allows for better low-light images.

A stronger burst of light should also make a difference when you access flashlight from the iOS 7 Control Center or enable LED flash alerts in iOS.

Who’s excited about dual-LED flash on the iPhone 5S?