In the latest episode of The Talk Show, famed Apple pundit John Gruber mentions that he’s heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone, as first noted by The Tech Block.
He’s heard little in terms of camera features aside from a brief mention of a “weird two-lens system” that should take the next iPhone’s camera into “DSLR quality imagery,” those are Gruber’s exact words.
Apple’s been using a five-element lens design for iPhone back cameras since the 2011 introduction of the iPhone 4s.
The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.
He didn’t mention anything in terms of the CMOS brand Apple might use. The iPhones and iPads traditionally use CMOS sensors for the rear camera supplied by Sony, with the latest models ditching OmniVision parts for the front-facing camera in favor of Sony.
This also brings up another interesting possibility: interchangeable lenses. Earlier this year, a newly granted Apple patent suggested Apple was exploring the possibility of attaching various small, fixed focal-length lens to the iPhone’s rear camera. Could this also be part of what Gruber meant when he said “DSLR quality”? We’re quite a ways away from the next iPhone announcement, but the idea of an even better iPhone camera makes us drool.
Gruber is clearly among people in the know. Not only is he privy to the inner workings of the California firm, his opinions and reactions to Apple news published at Daring Fireball, his personal blog, reverberate around the blogosphere.