Besides a rumored increase in display size, Apple is also alleged to be improving the imaging hardware on the next generation iPhone.
Quoting information from sources within the supply chain in Taiwan, Chinese website IT168 reports that the next generation iPhone will have a 10-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and improved filter.
Currently, there are two other smartphones with similar apertures which are the Lenovo K900 and Vibe Z. A bigger aperture will improve image quality in low light conditions. Moreover, IT168 claims that the next iPhone will come with a new filter made by Japanese resin manufacturer JSR using transparent resin.
JSR's Arton resin is already being used on digital and video cameras with CMOS sensors. These filters are thinner and lighter than the conventional IR filters used in some camera phones such as the iPhone 5S. As resin is able to minimize color shift of CMOS image sensors, the new filter can capture better images.
The 8-megapixel rear camera of the iPhone 5S is very capable as it can hold its own against the Android flagship devices sporting 13-megapixel cameras and can even give the Nokia Lumia 1020 a run for its money.
With rival handset makers adopting better camera technologies this year, it is timely for Apple to boost the imaging capabilities of its next iPhone to stay ahead.