In his podcast The Talk Show, The Tech Block reports, John Gruber said that he heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on some major improvements to the next-generation iPhone’s camera which may give it DSLR quality.
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.
Although it’s still a rumour, it will not be surprising if Apple does make the “biggest camera jump ever.” Every new iPhone that Apple has released has had a better camera than its predecessor, with higher megapixels, wider aperture, improved features, etc. The camera in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seems to have better focus than most DSLRs. So it wouldn’t be beyond Apple to try this two-lens system.
According to MacRumors, this system may be similar to the Duo Lens Camera introduced by HTC One M8 where the secondary lens provides additional image information to the first lens.
The Tech Block report also hints at Sony’s recent announcement regarding their new smartphone camera sensor that packs 21-megapixels into a small 1/2.4-inch design. This adds credence to the rumour as Sony has been a long time supplier of sensors for the iPhone.
In any case, from the exemplary camera quality of iPhone 6 we know that future iPhone cameras will only get better. This bodes well for iPhone users with a keen eye for photography.