New iPhone 6S Leak Reveals 400% Camera Boost

The soon to be released iPhone 6S looks set to receive a massive boost to selfie picture quality.

iPhone 6 FaceTime Camera (Image Credit: Apple)


According to a note to investors, attributed by MacRumors to the famously accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple AAPL -1.78%’s forthcoming flagship will feature a 5 megapixel front-facing camera – a move that’s sure to please a huge number of selfie fans around the world.

Upgrading the FaceTime camera to 5 megapixels is an obvious step and a highly anticipated new feature of the next iPhone. The current iPhone 6 version offers only a paltry 1.2 megapixels, which is four than times lower resolution. Kuo’s latest report adds considerable weight to existing rumours I’ve already covered on Forbes.

Whether or not customers actually prefer how they look when shot with a much higher-resolution camera remains to be seen, but this move will bring the iPhone into line with its arch-rival, the Samsung Galaxy S6.

An earlier post by 9to5Mac quotes from the same report revealing that, unlike previous iPhone models, the iPhone 6S will feature a rear camera lens cover that isn’t made from Sapphire, allegedly as a result of failures during drop tests.
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“Aside from upgrading rear camera module to 12MP, Apple will upgrade front camera module to 5MP [...] The new iPhone may not be equipped with sapphire cover lens, as it still has quality issues on the drop test.” Ming-Chi Kuo – source, 9to5Mac.


Changing the formulation of the rear lens cover away from Sapphire is more puzzling. I would hope there’s a possibility Kuo is actually referring to the iPhone’s main screen rather than the small protective lens cover.  A sapphire lens cover has proved a successful strategy for the iPhone in previous models, especially for the bulging camera of the iPhone 6 which requires added protection from scratches. A failure here could point to a lack of high-quality sapphire which would be an unfortunate situation for the iPhone 6S.

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