iPhone releases follow a tick-tock pattern, with one major upgrade followed by an incremental “S” update. To help differentiate the “S” update, Apple typically includes some exclusive features — video recording in the iPhone 3GS, Siri in the iPhone 4S. So the question is what will be iPhone 5S’ exclusive feature.
According to code references found in iOS 7 beta, it might be an option to record videos at an incredible high frame rate — 120 fps — that could enable an all new “slow motion” video category on mobile phones.
iOS 7 includes references to “Mogul,” a possible codename for the feature, that will live as a separate “mode” in the iOS 7 camera app, alongside other camera modes like Panorama, square, standard, video and filters. Further corroborating a high frame rate recording option is a new iOS 7 API that let developers record videos with frame rates as high as 60fps on iOS devices.
Shooting videos at high frame rates generally requires specialised hardware, which makes it unlikely that the “Mogul” mode would be available on current iPhones. Apple’s also been rumored to add a fingerprint sensor to the next iPhone, but from a consumer point-of-view Mogul sounds more fascinating than additional security.
Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, already offers a slow motion feature.
Is it gimmicky or a killer feature? We will let you be the judge by sharing your views in the comments below.