The camera has become one of the most important aspects to a smartphone these days, and one of the companies leading that charge is Apple.
According to one John Gruber of Daring Fireball, while on a recent episode of the podcast “The Talk Show,” Apple is currently planning on making the “biggest camera jump ever” in an iPhone with the next-generation device that should launch in 2015. According to Gruber this information came to him “from a birdie of a birdie,” and suggests Apple could implement a dual-lens system for the camera on the back.
“The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.“
This specific set-up is not completely new, though, as HTC implemented this same type of design with the One (M8) released in 2014. The One (M8), though, utilizes what HTC calls an “UltraPixel” camera, which ultimately lets in more light to improve the overall image quality. The second lens is meant to work as a means to offer extra image information, which helps de-blur images, as well as refocus shots after an image has already been taken.
This two-lens system would certainly be interesting, but there is also the interesting fact that Sony, an Apple supply partner, has just debuted a brand new 21-megapixel camera for smartphones. While the initial report suggested that this camera could come later, like in 2016, if Gruber’s birdie-related-to-another-birdie is correct, it could very well see a new home in whatever new iPhone Apple launches in 2015.[via MacRumors; The Tech Block; Daring Fireball]