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Users could argue that the latest iPhone cameras are impressive due to their features like slo-mo video, filters, exposure control, and more. But Apple’s competitors have started giving them a run for their money by producing cameras with more megapixels, gesture controls, wide-angle selfies, and anything else they can do to swing the masses away from iPhones. To combat this, Apple has been working on a secret camera project in order to present an even better camera to its dedicated users.
The CEO of Altek Corp, Xiaru Wen, noted in Business Weekly Taiwan’s report that Apple has been experimenting with dual-camera technology over the past three years. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those individuals who closely follow Apple: they have been filing for camera-related patents for quite some time now, and recently purchased LinX, an Israel-based camera company.
Apple purchased LinX in April of this year for an astounding $20 million, and it is believed that the company’s technologies might help Apple implement dual-camera technology into their next iPhone device. They announced last year the launch of mobile cameras that are half the height of standard mobile cameras. These cameras could produce SLR-quality images by “[using] software to extract depth information for each pixel to create a depth map for that can also be used for 3D image reconstruction.” With these cameras, sharpness would be improved in photos, and it would function better in low light shooting, refocusing, and shutter lag.
Additionally, Apple’s deal with camera manufacturer Largan only points towards a new iPhone camera coming in the very near future. Currently a large camera manufacturer and major Apple supplier, Largan has apparently “secured 80 percent of all iPhone 6s and 6s Plus camera lens orders.”
Furthermore, as most iPhone 6 users know, one of the most frustrating things concerning the device is the protruding rear camera. This was a nuisance for iPhone users, especially those who prefer to go “naked” (aka case-less), given that the rear camera would not let the iPhone sit flat on a surface. The development of the new camera would solve this problem, certainly creating for better aesthetics and a better user experience.
Unfortunately, sources say that these new and rumored camera features might not be available on the up-and-coming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus due to technical issues. But the iPhone 7 is fair game.
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[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]