iPhone 6s rumor: Force Touch, dual-lens camera with optical zoom

Apple pundit John Gruber said in November that the next iPhone refresh — likely to be marketed under the ‘iPhone 6s’ name — will include “the biggest camera jump ever” and now UDN’s supply chain sources are chiming in with some details.

According to the report Tuesday, relayed by GforGames, the next iPhone will feature a dual-lens camera out the back that will have optical zoom capabilities rather than digital zooming like all prior iPhone models.

The publication also says that more light will be able to reach the sensor, which will enhance the image quality. For reference, the iSight camera on the existing iPhone 6 models has an f/2.2 aperture.

Other details gleaned form the report: the next iPhones will retain the appearance and form factor of 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, while the lowest storage option will increase from a rather paltry sixteen gigabytes in the current generation to 32 gigabytes (an option which is missing from last year’s lineup).

The report also mentions unspecified components that should “improve interactions” with the Apple Watch. As always, UDN lacks an established track record when it comes to accurately predicting Apple’s product plans so take this report with skepticism.

 The iPhones have long been praised for their superior image quality and camera experience compared to the competition. With many dual lens imaging solutions already present in the market, it is very much possible that Apple uses a similar technology to further improve the image quality on the next generation iPhones.

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