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The iPhone 6s gets selfie upgrades – can use its display as a makeshift flash!

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The iPhone 6s gets selfie upgrades – can use its display as a makeshift flash!

Well, folks, the Apple Keynote is ongoing, and the iPhone 6s is certainly bringing some pretty interesting updates and remakes to how it does stuff. Shutter bugs will be happy to hear that the phone's main camera has been given the resolution upgrade many have been craving, and the iSight camera now sports a 12 MP sensor, over the 8MP of the iPhone 6.

The selfie snapper has also been upgraded to a 5 MP resolution – a common minimum among today's flagships. What's interesting about the front cam, however, is how Apple solved the "I need a LED flash for selfies" problem.

"We have a Retina display there", Apple said... so Cupertinians decided to use this display as a makeshift flash, calling it Retina flash. It auto-adjusts its white balance to bring out natural skin tones and flashes 3 times brighter than the display's accessible maximum brightness level, and Apple promises great performance in low-light situations. We shall see.

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posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:12 2

1. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 370; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Innovative approach to solve the problem. Of course tests will have to prove its usefulness.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:16 25

6. Busyboy (Posts: 623; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


"Retina Flash"

That's honestly borderline ridiculous.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:20

11. neela_akaash (Posts: 1223; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


But how much is the RAM?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:22

12. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Not really. Why light up a whole screen's worth of pixels instead of 1 or 2 LEDs with greater lumen output?

Makes no sense.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:24 8

14. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Its LLDDRR44 1 GB lolz

What year are we living in? OMG shame on you Apple

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:29 1

17. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 370; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Where do you know from that the amount is 1GB of RAM? Do you have a proof or is it just a hateful guess?

BTW: LDDRR4 RAM is 2015 spec.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:40 6

19. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Everyone knows that mate. Check PA's articles. If it was 2 gigs of RAM then their keynote would have been extended for another couple of hours :p

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:42

20. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 370; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Not convincing at all. Apple has broken your heart man. Hush.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:43 2

21. maherk (Posts: 4615; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And the flock of sheeps are falling for Apple's lies once again
Innovative? You should thank LG for it, been on there decices for more than 2 years now.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:57 5

23. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Broken my heart?? With what?

750p display
1 GB RAM
12 MP Camera
Same old ugly deign
Same s**tty iOS

You should change your name to Well-Retard-Man hahaha

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:43 2

24. maherk (Posts: 4615; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Well retart little kid**

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 04:24

27. ibend (Posts: 6429; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


front flash led is common on android universe..
altough "retina flash" is not new in android universe, its less known and not so obvious to copy

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:12 1

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2181; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


best iphone ever...and thats a fact.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:13 8

4. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


...duh?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:12 1

3. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Ok that front flash idea is cool

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:45 7

22. Biernot (unregistered)


this idea is from the LG G3

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:16 5

5. devon613 (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


that feature has been out lol omg people with apple have no idea sometimes lol

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:20

10. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1583; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


And most people don't know it cause it was never a great feature. Your screen can be bright but not as much as needed for it to be effective. Thats why the 6S has a special chip that forces the screen to go 3 times brighter than usual for that split second when you take the photo. Android apps had it for some time but it wasn't all that great.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:36

26. MedLEB (unregistered)


LG G3 had It already

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:16 5

7. vazzzz (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Not new, neither innovation. Other smartphones are equipped with such function way before Apple to decide to use it. Just one example - LG Leon. It has function for such 'front camera flash'.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:19 8

9. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


The G3 also had it. But the iPhone does it better. iPhone 6s has a special display chip that makes the screen 3x brighter for a fraction of a second( about 1800 nits) for this purpose. Also the display acts as a dual tone flash correcting the white balance.

It's never about being the first, it's about doing it best.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:17 6

8. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I'm disappointed by the phone. Everything else is good, but it still has that crappy 750p screen and 1GB RAM.

I'm surprised by the power of the A9 though, it should be about as fast as the A8x on CPU as well as GPU, and beat every smartphone GPU and CPU single core by far.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:23 1

13. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1583; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I am mostly disappointed by the same mediocre battery. Pixels dont bother me on a phone screen as much as s**tty batteries. I guess they will finally increase it in the 7.. So they can brag about something since they brough so many new things in the 6S.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:27

15. vuyonc (Posts: 1059; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Seriously? The A9 will probably bottleneck before it can show it's true potential.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:32

18. Dude2014 (Posts: 447; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Agree. 750p is such a joke. And they named it "Retina display" for marketinf. Lmao.
About A9 chip, you have to blame laziness of Samsung and Qualcomm in the 2nd half of this year. Qualcomm hasn't released SD 815 or whatever mini upgraded version of SD 810. Samsung also put 6 months old Exynos 7420 in their latest S6 edge+ and note5. Apple has taken the opportunity and now beat the crap out of them. Lol I think even SD 820 will be just on par with A9 when it's available. Apple is starting to dominate the benchmark war. Lol

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:28 4

16. egbtmagus (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


So selfie flash like the G3 and other LG handsets offer?
https://youtu.be/1KFMhlpGUrs?t=5m36s

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