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    Next-gen iPhone rumored to sport dual-lenses, DSLR quality in 'biggest camera jump ever'






    For its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus follow-up expected to debut in 2015, Apple may introduce a handset with dual lenses in what one well-connected Apple pundit calls the "biggest camera jump ever."

    On the most recent episode of The Talk Show podcast, Daring Fireball's John Gruber revealed that "a birdie of a birdie" told him Apple is working on a two-lens system for incorporation in the next-generation iPhone.

    "The specific thing I heard is that next year's camera might be the biggest camera jump ever," Gruber said. "I don't even know what sense this makes, but I've heard that it's some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery."

    The notion of using multi-lens imaging systems to make up for a smartphone's small form factor is a relatively recent development. In March, HTC unveiled the One M8 with a so-called "Duo camera" setup, which uses a secondary imaging sensor for depth data.

    An interesting startup called Corephotonics, which was profiled by Engadget earlier this year, proposes a different approach. Corephotonics developed a dual-lens module with two distinct focal lengths, effectively negating resolution drops associated with digital zooming. One camera is used for wide shots, while the other is used for close-ups. As an added bonus, the system provides spatial data for 3D imagery due to its lens offset.

    While speculation, Apple could employ a similar system, or even stitch together image data from both camera modules, to achieve DSLR-quality high-resolution photos. The company has no shortage of patents covering smartphone camera technology, including Lytro-like refocusing, interchangeable modules and interchangeable external lenses.

    Perhaps most similar to today's rumor is an invention for a multi-sensor system that gathers luminance and chrominance values separately, processes the data and outputs photos at exceptionally high resolutions with equally high color accuracy.





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    Crazy rumor claims iPhone 6s is coming spring 2015

    Could we see the iPhone 6s by spring 2015? Not likely in our opinion



    An incredibly sketchy report, citing supply chain sources, claims the iPhone 6s could arrive as early as spring next year, to coincide with the eagerly-anticipated launch of Apple Watch.

    “Our source says that Apple is hesitant about launching the iWatch in the spring of 2015 without a new iPhone to go along with it, as it could give hesitant consumers an excuse to wait on buying both until the fall,” notes Jerry Miller of Stabley Times.

    The report goes on to suggest that Apple is looking to narrow the time between iPhone releases down to six-monthly intervals to match the more rapid release cycle of other companies, such as Samsung and Sony — the latter of which upgrades its Xperia Z handsets every six months.

    Although the report has been picked up by at least one major news outlet, the rumor is almost certainly completely untrue. For one thing, no other smartphone handset maker is making close to the money Apple is from the iPhone, with its annual update policy. According to a recent (more believable) report, Sony is even considering dropping its twice-yearly refreshes in favor of Apple-style annual updates of its Xperia Z phones. With the iPhone 6 still making money hand over fist, there’s no compelling reason whatsoever to introduce a new iPhone so early in the product cycle.

    Secondly, Apple is in the rare and luxurious position of setting its own timescale for new product launches. If the company was that worried about introducing Apple Watch at the same time as a new iPhone, it would have waited until September 2015 — when the next iPhone really is likely to arrive — to introduce its wearables debut.

    For what it’s worth, Apple Watch is likely to arrive early 2015, costing between $349 and $5,000 depending on the model. We’d be very surprised if there’s a new iPhone to accompany it.





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    This is the most shocking iPhone 6s rumor yet



    Apple is reportedly working on several iPhone models for next year, including one that’s going to meet the needs of users looking for iPhones that can be easily operated with just one hand, Chinese publication Feng reports.

    Apparently, supply chain sources have revealed that Apple has planned a new 4-inch iPhone model for the second half of 2015, a screen size the company used in three earlier iPhone versions so far, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

    Nothing else has been reported regarding the possibility of a 4-inch iPhone model that could be included in the company’s 2015 iPhone 6s lineup.

    Currently, Apple is still selling the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s as the more affordable iPhone models in its portfolio. Both devices are compatible with iOS 8 and should support Apple Pay once the Apple Watch launches next year.

    Of all iPhones currently sold by Apple though, only the plastic iPhone 5c doesn’t feature a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. A recent report said the iPhone 5c will reach its end of line next year, though it didn’t mention anything about a possible replacement device.

    That said, it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to be interested in offering the same three iPhone size choices next year — by launching new high-end, 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s models — even after the iPhone 5c is discontinued and the 5s drops into Apple’s free-on-contract slot.





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    On the heels of a new report saying Apple will continue to offer a 4-inch iPhone with a new "C" model, a set of new images show what appears to be a revised design for an unreleased iPhone that could feature parts from the current iPhone 5s.

    Referring to the plastic casing as a so-called "iPhone 6c" handset, Future Supplier posted the images on Monday. Notably, they appear to show a plastic 4-inch iPhone model with an elongated "pill" shaped camera flash, which Apple used in the iPhone 5s for its first True Tone flash.

    That would suggest that Apple could use parts from the current iPhone 5s to build a next-generation "C" handset model. Apple took the same approach with the iPhone 5c, which features essentially all of the same components as the iPhone 5.

    The iPhone 5c remains available in Apple's lineup as the free-on-contract handset, and if the company were to continue its usual annual release schedule, the device would be retired this fall. That would allow the iPhone 5s, currently available for $99 with a new two-year service contract, to take its place.

    Further supporting the possibility of a repackaged iPhone 5s is the fact that the speaker and microphone holes at the bottom of the device are shown in two rows. The current iPhone 5c has one row of holes for speaker and microphone, but the iPhone 5s sports two rows.





    Finally, the plastic casing also appears to show a camera module that would be flush with the rear of the device. Apple's latest generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus boast thinner designs that have resulted in a protruding camera.

    Just last week, a report indicated that Apple is planning to launch three new iPhone models this year, including a new 4-inch handset. Also referring to it as an "iPhone 6c," the report suggested the device might sport updated internals, gaining the A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    But Monday's leaked part, with its pill-shaped True Tone flash, would suggest the parts may not see such a significant upgrade. That's because the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus maintained Apple's True Tone flash, but improved the design with a smaller and circle-shaped flash component.

    Because the images only show a rear shell, it's impossible to say whether a supposed "iPhone 6c" would include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that debuted in the iPhone 5s.

    In recent years, Apple has updated its iPhone lineup in September, and it's expected that the company will continue that trend this fall.





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    Force Touch for iPhone expected to bring about most significant change yet to iOS use



    Apple may name this year's iPhone upgrade the "iPhone 7," instead of the "iPhone 6s," because the addition of Force Touch input will represent such a significant change to the user interface, according to one well-connected insider.

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a research note on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, in which he reaffirmed that Apple's next-generation iPhone will indeed feature Force Touch input. Currently available on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the technology will also be featured in the 12-inch MacBook and Apple Watch.

    AppleInsider's own sources were first to indicate in February that Apple would introduce Force Touch technology in this year's iPhone upgrade. Since then, additional reports have corroborated this.

    According to Kuo, Force Touch on the iPhone will represent "the most significant change" to date in the iPhone user interface. In fact, the change will be so substantial that he believes Apple may decide to call the handset the "iPhone 7," rather than an "iPhone 6s."

    "We believe that iPhone's Force Touch sensor doesn't directly detect the pressure applied by fingers," Kuo said. "Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is."





    He believes Apple will implement Force Touch on the next iPhone by using capacitive technology, and placing the sensor under the in-cell touch panel's backlight. Doing so will save space within the device, and will make it more easily transparent for use on an LCD, he said.

    Bringing Force Touch to the iPhone will require a number of suppliers, according to Kuo. Specifically, he expects modules will be supplied by TPK and GIS, while metal shielding could come from Minebea, Hi-P, and Jabil. By 2016, Apple may be able to ditch the metal shielding to allow for a thinner form factor.

    Finally, Kuo said on Thursday that Apple's next-generation iPhone, whether it's dubbed the "7" or otherwise, will again come in screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. He said it's unlikely that Apple will introduce a new 4-inch model this year, but did not say whether the current iPhone 5s could be repackaged with a plastic back, as Apple did before with the iPhone 5 to create the iPhone 5c.





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