Farewell, 8 MP iPhone camera: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to have 12 MP cameras with 4K video recording, plus flash for selfies

Farewell, 8 MP iPhone camera: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to have 12 MP cameras with 4K video recording, plus flash for selfies
Starting with the iPhone 4s from 2011, all iPhone models had 8 MP rear cameras, this making them look a bit dated compared to many high-end smartphones of today, which offer 16 MP or 20 MP cameras. Of course, a camera is more than just Megapixels, and the latest iPhones undoubtedly offer good photo and video quality. Speaking of video, another thing that iPhones currently lack is 4K video recording. But all this is about to change come September, when, according to 9to5Mac, Apple will introduce its first 12 MP rear camera with 4K video recording, and both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus should include it.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will definitely not be among the world's first smartphones to offer 4K video recording, as there are already about 30 handsets that can shoot video in 4K (see here and here). Still, Apple will likely make a big thing out of the next iPhones' new capability.

9to5Mac also notes that the front-facing camera of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be upgraded, too. It's not clear how many Megapixels this will have, but it's said that Apple will pair the camera with a flash. Not a traditional LED flash, though: the front-facing flash will actually be the display, which can quickly light up when users want to take photos with the front camera.

It's not the first time we're hearing about a 12 MP camera with 4K video recording for the next iPhones. But 9to5Mac is a reliable source when it comes to all things Apple, so we're now more inclined to believe that Apple is indeed ready to significantly upgrade its iPhones' cameras.

Apple will announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus next month, on September 9. A 4-inch plastic-made iPhone 6c might also be unveiled then.

source: 9to5Mac

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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99 Comments

1. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Apple always playing catch up to the real phones...itoys need to be thrown in the trash they are just like nike you pay for the name not the materials put in it

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6708; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Is Apple still keeping that low resolution HD display on the new iPhone 6s? If Apple wants to compare it to other flagship devices, then they need to up the graphics on the display as well. Considering no other flagship device on the market offers such a low resolution display as the iPhone 6.

82. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Oh dear, before you all go out and buy the new iPhone may be a good idea to view this video, 100% if you in the UK, I think they may also sell thei in the usa http://youtu.be/o5N_DYc25HI How to make the iPhone look crap and only cost £250

83. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I take it back at this time it's only £210.https://www.vmall.eu/uk/honor-7-silver-281216/

85. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The only thing you not going to be doing on this phone is play good games without any slow down, apart from that you good You not going to have problem paying the more basic games

86. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

6. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

is that why its the highest selling phone? I can bet you any money there is not a phone company out there that wouldnt take their place. There is a reason for their success. The king of android just modeled their newest phones after the iphone...

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6708; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sales don't change the fact that the iPhone has the lowest resolution display compared to every other flagship device on the market. There is a reason for Apples success. They charge a lot for lower specifications. 100% a fact. Just look at the current iPhones only offer you 1 GB of ram, and a dual core processor.

19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Dual core processor with 1GB of ram vs Quad core with 4GB of RAM. http://www.cultofandroid.com/75730/iphone-6-smokes-samsung-note-5-in-speed-test/ Do you need a tissue?

25. Fire5

Posts: 314; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

The 8-core processor is 2 or 3 times more efficient than Apple A8, you only look at power and why iPhone 6 has a so mediocre autonomy.

41. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

... sure and I can teleport.

27. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung needs to get ride of there blotwaer asap.

56. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

The fact is that doesnt have anything to do with bloatware lol. Its ram managment problem that samsung didnt fix it yet, altough easily fixable with root and build prop. Even my S4 keeps apps running in background. Smh

40. Fire5

Posts: 314; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

44. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Thx for posting an article from a site run by closet apple fans. And that test of repeatedly opening apps is not real world.

51. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Ninetysix and if both would be running IOS want to bet the quad core with 4 gb of ram would destroy the first one? The fact here is not thats a phone with crappy hardware but super optimised OS can beat a phone with a less optimised OS but better hardware. The fact here is thats Apple should stop taking ppl for moron and give the hardware you pay for. Give me an iphone with real hardware a phone thats wont start having issue after one ( Mendatory ) OS update. A phone thats will have great battery life ( Iphone is at best average ) Do you need a new brain or you too idiot to understand?

53. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I'm sorry but I'm not the one who works at a retail phone shop earning minimum wage :)

69. Plutonium239

Posts: 1138; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Yes, everyone that isn't a samsung fanboy knows that samsung sucks at software. However, you put that hardware in a phone running Windows Phone 8.1 and that phone would smack down both the Iphone 6 and Note 5.

81. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That just because crap birds 2 keep open for some time on iPhone , it's a fake test, test it with a real game and it drop the game way faster than the note 5 I.e. Change it for mk10 and it drops it supper fast, game of thrones also drops supper fast, you get the idea

87. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

tester just stupid, look at first loop, note 5 win by large gap.. one second loop tester guy became slowpoke when pressing note 5, he even stop for few second for no reason after opening camera app.. RAM isnt affect opening app speed, RAM is for multitask (that iOS never have) and apple's dualcore use huge number of transistor, and it eat battery juice really fast (compare note 5 vs i6 screen on time while playing vids, note 5 still win even if it have 4 times more pixels to process)

104. sachouba

Posts: 261; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Do you need a tissue?" I was just about to ask you the same question.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 6708; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I should have added if consumers want a iPhone then they have to pay what ever Apple is asking for it. Another fact. Its well know Apple hasn't made a high specification device in years. Even benchmark are stupid. Because comparing a QHD display to a HD display is just dumb. The QHD displays are pushing 3.7 times the number of pixels compared to the low resolution iPhone 6.

32. MSi_GS70 unregistered

thing is u pp here talking bout hardware etc.. but billion ppl out there don't care or has no idea what is inside .. the main thing is that they see apple logo on the back and title ''iphone'' and that is the end.. those ppl has no idea if phone has low resolution .. pleease don't be naive.. it is only you here a fraction ppl of the whole planet care about sht.. that is the point !

54. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

MSi_GS70 So most of the planet are morons is thats what you say? Because what you say thats they dont care what is inside end up with this : Phone thats start having issue with OS update after a year.. Phone thats has bad battery live , Phone thats take less good picture but phone thats cost more than any others.. Se the problem here? So what you say is thats most ppl are so naive thats they see thats they getting ripped? They dont see thats they can get better for lower price? Ok you are right most of the planet are morons and its quite sad. This is why company who only put as much money as possible in marketing instead of better and longer lasting phone can have so much success.

68. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You have no idea regarding Apple's Supply Chain. The display on my iPhone 6 Plus looks just as bright and crisp as an Android phone running 2560x1440. We will get this next year. No need for QHD as the graphics CPU takes a big hit in benchmarks and speed. 1GB of RAM is plenty for all the apps I run besides Apple Music. Dual Core processors is still faster than 85% of Android smartphones.

105. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

but they dont have lag. and apple always support the older divices and give them a chance to try the new software. there is a reason why apple is the most trusted brand. Why spend loads of money on an android phone which wont be updated to the new software? All the gigs and cores, over heating etc, do u think it is necesary?

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here we go again. If we can't win in the argument of facts, let's bring up sales. That's all you fools have is sells. So what. A company is in business to make sales. If Samsung for example only made the Note and S, they would sell twice as many phones as Apple, just like they do now. Apple seels one model. Thus high sales. If Apple made 10 selling iPhones in a year, you think they would sell 300M phones? Because I don't. We aren't arguing sales here. Oepn your tiny little brain up crazy person. Yes the iPhoen has high sales. So is the best Apple can do to reward you is give you a 750p display which si basically 720p which was the norm nearly 4 years ago? The 6 Plus has 1080p. How long has 1080p been on phones? for 3 years now? The best you can get is dualcore CPU's? Why do you need t dualcore CPU to run one app at a time? Why cant you have more than 1GB of RAM? Why si the cameras so small? 1.2MP cameras were the norm on flip phones when I had my Noto Razr which was in 1994. THIS IS 2015! The best you can argue is yes that's why ti has high sales. Yes it has high sales because 1st, people are stupid as you can surely relate to that. 2nd people are sold on marketing hype, which you can relate to that and 3rd, people don't comparision shop properly and you can relate to that. We don't care how well the phone sells. What we do care about is since it does sell so well and Apple has made a fortune, they could use much better hardware and make the phone BETTER. if the iPhone had just a Quadcore CPU at 2Ghz and 3GB of RAM, 5/16MP cameras and more, it would be not a good device; it would be the best in the world. A company with $200BN in the bank should have the #1 product in whatever segment they sell something. YET APPLE DOESN"T. You have to be a complete loser to have the same argument when it comes to blasting Apple for having BILLIONS and releasing phones like they are from some poor country. Enjoy your cheap outdated phone.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm so annoyed with scrolling thru your s**t. "Here we go again. If we can't win in the argument of facts, let's bring up sales. That's all you fools have is Seles" Sales means that the apple does it right! If people gave a crap about the things you trash about Apple - they wouldn't buy the iPhone. No one gives a s**t about higher resolution - iPhones screens are SHARP even my 5s, the photos are consistently great, and my performance is smooth. Ecosystem is best, support is top notch, and iPhone feels good in your hands. The little tiny differences are unnoticeable in that damn praised resolution that you keep clamoring about. Also stop telling Apple how to build their phones - people like it - you will hate it even if it cures cancer. You hate the company and the people who purchase their products. SALES = product that people like - Apple builds a product that people like, Samsung builds product that other people like, HTC, SONY, and etc build products that few people like - there's a product for everyone - iPhone is a product for me because android is a mess and I don't want to deal with it. Android is for you because you want indistinguishable resolution that NO ONE gives a s**t about. Stop posting on Apple articles if you don't understand them.

34. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Amen brother. Great sales mean that somebody is doing something right.

79. willard12 unregistered

No wonder you have all those Bieber posters on your wall. Amen brother.

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