Will a New Camera Be the iPhone 5S’s Main Upgrade?

features_camera_iphonePossible release dates for the iPhone 5S are not the extent of the forecasts pouring out of the unending stream of analyst research notes regarding Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation smartphone.

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In this case, the latest rumor from the Far East has predicted that the upcoming iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel, rear-facing camera with improved sensitivity that is capable of producing high dynamic range images and superior nighttime photographs. Via the Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn and MacRumors, AppleInsider reported that new information, originating from an inside source at iPhone camera module maker Wonderful Saigon Electrics, further substantiated the rumors.

A higher quality camera has long been rumored to be a feature for Apple’s next smartphone, already named the iPhone 5S by the industry, because the current iPhone 5 comes equipped with the same 8-megapixel imager as the iPhone 4S. That package included a large f/2.4 aperture and a backside illuminated sensor, and it offered performance improvements — in terms of taking pictures in poorly lit environments — over previous models. Comparatively, the iPhone 5’s camera was largely unchanged besides the use of sapphire glass in the lens assembly, an update that served to protect against scratches.

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As for the iPhone 5S, which is predicted to be launched later this year, a redesigned camera could be one of the device’s major technological specification bumps because a complete redesign is not expected. In addition, Apple may include an improved optics and sensor system to minimize “purple fringing,” an effect seen in some cases with the current model, which is a byproduct of the camera’s short focal lengths.

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