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Report: iPhone 6S coming with 4K, 12MP camera, and selfie flash

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Now that the launch date for Apple’s next flagship is officially confirmed, we’ve been inundated with leaks about the iPhone 6S.

The latest comes courtesy of 9to5mac, which claims knowledge of a number of new camera features for the upcoming handset.

According to the site, Apple will move from an 8-megapixel camera – as featured on the iPhone 6 – to a 12-megapixel sensor on the new device.

That means the new iPhones will be able to take higher-resolution photos than previous models, and puts the phones more in line with market rivals.

Apparently, the new A9 chipset, tipped to appear in the iPhone 6S, will also feature an upgraded image signal processor that will ensure high-quality snaps.

The rear-facing camera is also purportedly getting another serious upgrade:

“Apple has decided to make a significant addition to the iPhone’s video recording capabilities: 4K video recording support,” reads the report.

It continues: “The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be the first iPhones capable of recording video in full 4K resolution and among the first phones on the market with such capabilities.”

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The front-facing FaceTime camera is also set for “significant improvements”, apparently.

For a start, Apple is expected to use an “upgraded sensor” that will allow for “higher quality video calls and selfies”.

What’s more, the company is tipped to be adding a front-facing flash, which should help improve night-time selfies.

Apple is yet to confirm any of these details, but with the tech giant due to show off the new device on September 9, we don’t have long to wait.

Do you think Apple should offer 4K video shooting on the next iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

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Steve

August 28, 2015, 1:01 pm

“The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be
the first iPhones capable of recording video in full 4K resolution and
among the first phones on the market with such capabilities.”???

It goes to show that Apple fans believe that Apple are always the first to invent and do anything. How could they even have the cheek to say that these iPhones are "among the first phones on the market " to support recording 4K video? Haven't there been 4K video recording phones since 2013? We're talking 2 years here, so by any stretch of the imagination that cannot be interpreted as among the first!

Martin Turner

August 28, 2015, 1:57 pm

'Among the first' means that there are not many models out there, not that the category is very recent.

On the substantive point, 12 MP is a good upgrade because it means you could (potentially) shoot a professional sized image (the eye takes in 6MP, but you have 2x oversample for CMYK reproduction, so 12 MP), but 4K represents a stage of technology, not a useful resolution for video captured on a phone. If you look at the vast majority of allegedly 1080p content on YouTube, the pixel count is correct, but the level of actual detail recorded (because of shaky hands and poor focus) is lower than old SD television.

Steve

August 28, 2015, 2:05 pm

By your reasoning, if for example three phones first came out with special capability in 2013 and there weren't any other phones released with that capability until Apple decided to release one in say 2023, they could still describe themselves as "among the first" because there are only 4 phones with that capability.

Seems stretching the truth to me.

The S4 could also describe themselves as being among the first phones with a fingerprint sensor built into the home button then.

Martin Turner

August 28, 2015, 4:15 pm

No, that's exactly what the word 'among' means. If there were only four phones with a particular capability, it would certainly be 'among the first', even if it was a hundred years later.

The S4 could also describe itself as 'among the first' with a fingerprint sensor.

I'm not sure in what sense you think this is 'stretching the truth'. If you were talking about submarines, and you wrote 'among the first submarines to be built were…', the category would cover more than a hundred years. 'Among' has no connection with recency or novelty at all.

Steve

August 28, 2015, 5:23 pm

Hmmmm..... my post sort of disappeared. Maybe I forgot to click

send.

Was just saying that I agree with your definition of "among", but I'm unhappy with its use in conjunction with "the first".

2 years is a long time (more so in mobile phone technology) and when you're separated from the first phones to introduce this feature by such a long duration it is stretching the truth a bit!

Lets look at it there have been 3 generations of Samsung Note that have supported 4K video recording. Even if you discount the current Note 5 that is still 2 whole generations.

A quick google search for 4K video recording phones gives a list of 62 phones. That is a pretty big group of "firsts".

http://www.phonearena.com/phon...

Steve

August 28, 2015, 11:45 pm

Finally found my previous missing posts were in pending limbo, possibly due to website links which I'll omit now.

Was just saying that I agree with your definition of "among", but I'm unhappy with its use in conjunction with "the first".

2 years is a long time (more so in mobile phone technology) and when the iphone 6s is separated from the first phones to introduce this feature by such a long duration it is stretching the truth a bit!

Surely at some point new products could not be described as "among the first".

Lets look at it, there have been 3 generations of Samsung Note that have supported 4K video recording and they weren't even the first phones to support it. Even if you discount the current Note 5 that is still 2 whole generations, so I think we've passed that point already.

A quick google search for 4K video recording phones gives a list of 62 phones with that capability. That is a pretty big group of "firsts".

Martin Turner

August 29, 2015, 7:52 am

'Among the first 62' is, I agree, a bit of a stretch. Remember this is some journalist who obviously didn't check, and this website which is blindly copying it over. It isn't Apple making that claim.

It's still a ridiculous feature to have.

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