iOS 9 hints future iPhones could support 1080p front-facing cameras, 240fps slow-mo, flash, and more

Developer Hamza Sood has discovered some rather interesting code strings in the iOS 9 software development kit (SDK) potentially pointing to an impressive front-facing camera upgrade on future iPhone models.

Sood also discovered that iOS 9 is hinting at future support for front-facing cameras that can record 240fps slow-motion video, and that are also equipped with a flash for good measure. Panoramic capture is also included as a potential supported feature at some point down the road, which is an interesting choice.

According to a screenshot he shared on Twitter, code strings in iOS 9 contain placeholders for other front-facing camera features, including panoramic capture and built-in flash. I for one am looking forward to capturing a panorama of my face!

To better put these features in context, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both outfitted with a rather sub-par FaceTime camera for taking selfies with a ƒ/2.2 aperture and 720p video recording capability.

When it comes to taking photos, however, these cameras only capture 1.2-megapixel photos in a laughable 1,280-by-960 pixel resolution. Other features of the FaceTime camera on the new iPhones include backside illumination sensor, auto HDR for photos and videos, improved face detection, support for burst mode, manual exposure control and timer mode.

Although iOS betas sometimes reference hardware that never gets released, in this particular case Hamza is likely onto something. Nikkei Asian Review reported back in February 2014 that Apple would its front-camera supplier OmniVision for Sony, Apple’s go-to supplier of CMOS sensors adoring the iPhone’s iSight camera on the back.

[via @hamzasood]

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