The iPhone 6S could feature an improved front-facing camera with 1080p video recording and LED flash

The iPhone 6S could feature an improved front-facing camera with 1080p video recording and LED flash
According to a new discovery, the upcoming iPhone 6S series could come with an improved front-facing camera with 1080p video recording and a front-facing LED flash.

Developer Hamza Sood recently discovered that a certain iOS 9 manifest file contains references to a number of front-facing camera features which are currently not available on any iPhone. This includes 1080p video recording, a front-facing flash, as well as a few modes such as 60FPS video recording, slow-motion video recording at 240FPS, and Panorama.

Since the front-facing camera will support 1080p video recording, the sensor has to come with a resolution of at least 2.1MP. However, it's unclear if this will also be the resolution at which the camera will take pictures, of if the video resolution will be lower than the photo resolution, as is often the case with smartphone cameras.

Although iPhone rear-facing cameras don't compete in the megapixel race, the picture quality is usually above average. The iPhone 6, for instance, only comes with an 8MP primary camera, but our iPhone 6 review shows that the handset performs very well in the camera department. However, no level of software optimisation can make up for the fact that the front-facing camera of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a 1.2MP sensor that only shoots 720p videos at 30 frames per second. Apple markets the front-facing camera as 'FaceTime HD', but the 1.2MP selfies it takes don't capture as much detail as we'd want them to.

Although an upgrade to the front-facing camera resolution isn't surprising, it's a bit odd to learn that Apple might throw in a front-facing LED flash as well. At the moment, only a few smartphones come with LED flash on the front, and these handsets are usually marketed as selfie-oriented.

Previous rumors argued that the iPhone 6S line-up will come with a dual-camera setup on the back, while other sources pointed towards a 12MP primary shooter from Sony with RGBW pixels.

What do you guys think of this discovery? If Apple turns out to launch the iPhone 6S with a higher-resolution secondary sensor and a front-facing LED flash, would you be excited about the feature? Drop us a comment and share your thoughts!

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67 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Wait- the front facing camera doesn't have 1080p recording? In 2015?!

2. carlemillward unregistered

Macbook 2015 has 480p

3. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

and costs 1300$ -_-

10. gaming64 unregistered

The Macbook Air cost $999. Comparable to amy laptop out there.

17. carlemillward unregistered

Nevertheless it still looks beautifully crafted despite Apple cutting costs.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

like using aluminum which is cheap?

56. HuaweiLumianANDROID

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

And light.

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And you can't upgrade any Mac books -_- only 4gb of RAM

39. gaming64 unregistered

Macs are for business, not some gaming device. And 4 GB is enough to give a fast and productive experience. I can admit that I will never buy iMacs because of what you said.

41. Awayze

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Costs a lot but worth it. I had one and no way will I shell out for a windows laptop ever. My 2009 had a pretty decent camera. Its clearly not 480p in 2015.

27. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Dear God.

47. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

OMG lol

24. waddup121 unregistered

hahaha

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Zomg 1080 they are innovation in it's purest form.........or not.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

September approaches, shock me Apple, or lose me. Samsung is bringing the noise right now.

13. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Are u ok? It looks like someone just took your PA account and posting things that make no sense!

15. gaming64 unregistered

IKR. This guy suddenly became Samsung biased. One article he posted Samsung and Apple is the king.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When did I become, and how am I being Samsung biased? To me they are King, I love me both, but Apple is slipping to me. The Note 4, and s6 have exposed just how far Apple is falling behind. The last 2 iOS updates have been heavily android inspired. I'm not biased, you're simply seeing me start to post my long silent thoughts about Apple. iOS is still my go to, but this September is gonna be the decisive moment for me. My days of buying 1 gig of ram devices are over, and I'm waiting to see what Apple does this fall.

48. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, was in the same boat for 5 years (but only used jailbroken iPhones, never official). Stopped buying iPhone after the 4s and then decided to switch to Android after the OnePlus One was unveiled. So far, keeping the semi-privacy of iOS and adding the advanced flexibility of Android has just been very enhancing (after 9 months now)...

29. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

He isn't Samsung biased, he tried it and liked it, nothing wrong with that. Not all Apple users are blind fanboys, as he said, he owns and loves both S6 and iP6+.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said vergil. I'm not being biased at all, simply stating how I feel. +1. I feel Apple does some shiesty stuff, and I'm getting tired of it. These under powered, non future proofed devices aren't gonna be bought by me anymore. Plain and simple. Apples 2014 sucked dude, large screen on the 6 plus and 128 gigs were the only reason I bought it, the mini 3 was just a 2 with gold color option and touchID. iOS 8 has been worse than the battery life on my edge, and now the 2014 iOS lineup is obsolete. I can't list all the issues I've experienced with iOS 8 man, damn! White screen of death Unresponsive toolbar in messages Cut copy paste/tool bar in safari Keyboard in safari massively buggy( lags sticks causes crashes) Random reboots Apps crashing back to the home screen Safari failing to load web pages, and crashing needing a reload The phone itself freezing and staying frozen until rebooted. I left it frozen while I showered groomed myself, then left and went to the Apple store and waited to be seen just to show the Genius Bar worker. Phone overheats to where the flash won't work Camera fails to focus causing its need to be closed and relaunched Clock sticks Battery percentage meter reads wrong Safari crashes when loading picture heavy pages Keyboard would freeze when typing (and iOS) version 8.0 Pictures in the wrong place Lock button sometimes unresponsive Control center fail to come up when swiping Screen touch response inconsistent Safari "problem occurred with webpage so it was reloaded" that happens 10-20 times a day And a few others I probably forgot. It's been 8 months of frustration with iOS, and I've had it. I'm simply voicing my anger, not being samsung biased.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Notifications failing to come down when swiping

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Reachability fails to activate 50% of the time.

35. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Thanks for being honest, but many blind fanboys will bash you for that, but who cares? Lol So the argument that iOS is much more stable than Android ends in iOS 8 right? I think they're now equal (with Lollipop that is, Kitkat was much more stable in my experience) +1 for your honesty, hope to see more like you in this tech site.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ended big time bro! 8 has been a debacle, no joke. I gotta be honest, it is what it is. The more android like ios becomes, the worse it performs. Adding all the features, but not the hardware to run them right.

52. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

As a programmer I can say that adding more features mostly also adds more bugs lol. I think they are intentionally making the hardware not future proof so that the enthusiasts are forced to upgrade when the next version comes out.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, I agree. That's exactly what they did with siri, to make the 4S more tempting. For me to get the 6s plus, I need minimum 2 gigs of ram, 12mp rear/3mp front camera minimum tri core A9, maybe force touch screen, and all of ios 9. They do that I'll get it, other wise I'll just update my 6 plus.

57. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

If Apple didn't give those specs, I guess you would grab a Note 5 edge (if it exists)

67. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes I would.

46. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

darkjedi used to be apple king

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