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Apple’s next iPhone may feature a DSLR-quality camera

Apple’s next iPhone may include a camera capable of providing DSLR-quality images. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber admitted as much during a recent episode of his podcast “The Talk Show” where he said a “birdie of a birdie” passed along the information. Specifically, Gruber said he heard that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever on an iPhone. Sources told him that it’ll use some kind of two-lens system where the back camera somehow uses two lenses to capture up to DSLR-quality imagery.

The next version of the iPhone will see the “biggest camera jump ever” and rival even dedicated DLSRs on image quality, according to sources. Apple blogger John Gruber, who has a long history of scoops on the company, attributes the information – not for the first time – to a “birdie of a birdie”. “The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” he said in a recent podcast. “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.” That chip could well have been revealed. Sony announced a new image sensor called the Exmoor RS this week, which will have a “21 effective mega pixel” ability. As Gruber himself points out, Apple has long used Sony sensors in its iPhones. But there are other possibilities. The HTC One M8 has a “Duo Camera” system which includes two sensors that combine information to produce images. Website MacRumors suggests that it could also refer to a system being developed by Corephotonics.

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