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

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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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)

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26 Comments

1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

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

6. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

"Retina Flash" That's honestly borderline ridiculous.

11. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

But how much is the RAM?

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Its LLDDRR44 1 GB lolz What year are we living in? OMG shame on you Apple

17. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 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.

19. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 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

20. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

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

23. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 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

24. maherk

Posts: 6705; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well retart little kid**

12. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

21. maherk

Posts: 6705; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

best iphone ever...and thats a fact.

4. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

...duh?

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Ok that front flash idea is cool

22. Biernot unregistered

this idea is from the LG G3

5. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

26. MedLEB unregistered

LG G3 had It already

7. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 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'.

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.

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.

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

18. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 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

16. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

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