In the latest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, usually well-informed technology journalist John Gruber says that he has heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on some exciting new camera technology for the successor of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to Gruber the next iPhone generation will come with a dual-lens setup on the rear camera. 

"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." 

This could be interpreted in a variety of ways. The new camera could either, like the HTC One M8, use a secondary sensor to capture depth information and simulate the depth of field of a DSLR and fast lens, or stack the frames captured by two cameras to increase image detail. If Apple wants to go down the HTC route we hope it can improve on the Taiwanese manufacturer's version. The One M8's Duo Cam system struggles with background separation, and in terms of image quality is often inferior to the pure software solutions found on other devices. 

With its 8MP on a 1/3-inch sensor Apple's basic imaging chip specification has remained unchanged since the iPhone 4S. So it'll be interesting to see if the move to a dual lens system is combined with a larger sensor and / or a higher pixel count. Unfortunately, with the 6th generation iPhones released only a couple of months ago we'll have to wait almost another year before we'll know if there is any truth in these rumors. 

Via: GSM Arena