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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending April 19

John Cox | April 22, 2013
With the iOSphere's spring warming trend come swarms of Chinese worker bees, presaging the start of iPhone 6 production.

His basis for the second conclusion? "Numerous iPhone 6 renders have shown that its profile will boasts of a bezel-free form on four edges, thus eliminating the need for a capacitive key on the phone's front portion." Meaning, fan art of what the iPhone 6 might look like reveals ... what it will look like. Presumably, Apple's designers are trolling the fan sites' "concept art" looking for ideas.

Third and last, iPhone 6 "is also widely believed to carry the A7 [Apple-designed chip] 64-bit computing technology." This, conclusion, too, seems to be based on very little.

AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi has an overview, from October 2012, of ARM's 64-bit development (ARM being the basis for the Apple-designed A series processors used in the iPhone and iPad). His post jumped off from AMD's announcement to introduce in 2014 new processors based on the ARM 64-bit cores.

Whether or how that fits in with Apple's processor plans, and schedule, is pure speculation. So far, the company is still using two-core 32-bit processors, while some high-end rival smartphones tout four-core chips, but the difference hasn't resulted in a perception that the iPhone under-performs. To fully exploit the performance-tuning and power-saving benefits of multiple 64-bit cores, there's a lot of operating system work that needs to done, and some software developer education would benefit app performance.

iPhone 5S will have 12-megapixel camera

The Vietnamese-language site -- initially picked up picked up by the iPhone in Canada blog -- the Next iPhone will move up to 12 megapixels, with improved "high dynamic range," and nighttime shooting, according to MacRumors' Juli Clover.

High-dynamic-range imaging is a "set of methods used in imaging and photography to capture a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods," according to the Wikipedia entry. In practice, that means being able to "capture more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter."

Currently, iPhone 5 has the same 8-megapixel rear camera, with an f2.4 aperture, first found in the iPhone 4S. One change with the iPhone 5: a hard, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over the actual camera lens.

As Clover notes, "An improved camera has been a long rumored feature of the iPhone 5S, but there are few specifics available." The "12MP" qualifies as a specific. Or at least a specific rumor.

The new camera module, according to the Vietnamese website, will be provided by Vietnam's Wonderful Saigon Electrics, about which you can learn more from the company's helpful, English-language YouTube video.


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