Apple is committed to making the camera one of the highlight features for every iPhone release, but next year could be special.
New reports, coming a year before the iPhone 7 is expected to be released, claim Apple is looking for “DSLR standard” camera performance from the next iPhone. The new rumor comes from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
Every year we hear of weird and wonderful upgrades coming to iPhone, the problem is separating the flak from the real deal. It has already been reported that Apple will include 3D display technology on the iPhone 7 – another huge update – if it is true.
The iPhone 7 would use a dual-lens system, a feature uncommon but not unheard of in the mobile industry. The HTC One M8 uses a dual-lens camera, but that doesn’t make the quality of the smartphone’s photos anywhere near the level of DSLR.
There are plenty of DSLR cameras out there, from $999 to $4999 options. Gruber believes Apple could hit the low-end DSLR market with the iPhone 7, a rather unrealistic statement considering the amount of money spent on the sensor to make the DSLR shoot such high quality photos.
However, Apple is known as the king of optimization and doing amazing things with minimal specs. The iPhone 6 does not run on the highest spec CPU or the RAM, but still manages to keep up with the best apps and games. The display on the iPhone 6 is not as high-res as 1080p or 2K options, but still looks crisp.
The camera is one of the most interesting features, while Sony is developing 21MP sensors and Samsung uses 16MP sensors for their high-end smartphones, Apple continues to upgrade the 8MP iSight camera, without bumping the megapixels.
Apple might look towards a camera specialist to work on the iPhone 7. Considering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have already sold over 40 million units and look likely to surpass 80 million by the time the iPhone 7 comes along, the new iPhone will need some excellent features to get customers even more interested.