Since 2011, the Cupertino-based company has been sitting pretty with improving 8MP sensors and practically unrivaled image processing. But as smartphone rivals have been maxing out their image sensors with 41MP on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the 20MP Sony Xperia Z1, Apple is going to have to step up their game – even if most of us know that megapixels only account for so much.
On top of increasing the megapixel count, the iPhone 6 could feature an f1.8 lens if early reports from it168 are to be believed. Apple has been steady ratcheting open the iPhone’s aperture from f2.8 in the iPhone 4 f2.4 in the iPhone 4S to f2.2 in the iPhone 5S. At f1.8 the new lens would not only let in more light but also create a shallower depth-of-field and all that creamy bokeh found on wide-open prime lenses.
Additionally, early reports suggest that the iPhone 6 will have interchangeable resin lens filters. Unnamed sources claim a Japanese company called JSR will supply the next iPhone with a transparent resin known as ARTON. The first of these filters include one that’s lighter and thinner than comparable IR filters.
It’s too early to say if any of these early reports are true; but other news has said the iPhone 6 will be a different, larger handset measuring 4.8-inch on the small size alongside with a larger model that will scale thing up past 5-inches. If Apple is willing to change the form factor of its handset again, who knows what else will be different.