Apple’s current line of iPhones take advantage of the embedded SoC’s processing power to enable software-based image stabilization. Whilst optical image stabilization is generally considered to be superior, it also requires the camera components to be physically much larger. According to this report, Apple does not seem to have wanted to make this tradeoff.
The report also claims the new iPhone camera will have a substantially larger pixel size, claiming 1.75 micrometers compared with 1.5 micrometers pixel size of the iPhone 5s’s camera.
On the other hand, the current iPod touch’s camera does protrude. This suggests that Apple is not opposed to exposed camera designs. Another question in regard to the iPhone 6′s camera is the flash. To date, all leaks have shown a traditional circular flash hole, which is hard to reconcile with the dual-LED design present in the current iPhone 5s.
Apple is expected to announce its new range of iPhones in the fall.