Next generation iPhones rumored to have 12MP camera and 4K video

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:54 PM EDT

This morning, Apple sent out the official invite for its September 9th event at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, California, where it’s expected to release the next iteration of its iPhone series.

If Apple follows along the namesake it’s stuck to for six years now, it’s likely the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will be the names of the upcoming smartphones. And as with every ’S’ iteration since the inception of the iPhone, it’s expected that Apple will be bringing some solid improvements to the image capabilities of the device.

A recent rumor, shared by the reliable Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, says the iPhone’s iSight (rear-facing) camera will be upgraded from the current 8-megapixel sensor to a 12-megapixel sensor. An upgraded image signal processor on Apple’s upcoming A9 system-on-a-chip (SOC) is said to further improve the image quality despite the 50% in resolution.

Thanks to the upgraded SOC, the upcoming iPhones are also rumored to have 4K video support, making it the first time iPhones natively support 4K video, something rival smartphone manufacturer Samsung has had since September 2013 with its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

The front-facing FaceTime camera will also see an update with an unspecified increase in resolution and front-facing flash support, which will use a tactic similar to Snapchat, wherein the screen of the iPhone will flash bright white as the image is being captured.

All in all, it’s a fairly standard update as far as things go, but most ’S’ generation devices are merely evolutionary in nature, not revolutionary.

(via 9to5Mac)