More details on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: new 5MP front camera

Apple is preparing to release the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus next week, and some details are still pouring in to give us a complete picture of what the upcoming iPhones will offer consumers. The latest in the string of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus rumors says that Apple’s new iPhones will sport a 5MP front camera, as opposed to the 1.2MP camera of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the iPhone 5s, and 5, to name Apple’s most recent smartphones. In fact, Apple hasn’t changed the front camera on the iPhone since leaping its front camera forward in the iPhone 5 with a 1.2MP camera – after placing a 0.3MP camera in the iPhone 4S.

There seems to be little reason for Apple to improve its front-facing camera other than the fact that Cupertino’s Seoul rival, Samsung Electronics, has increased the front camera on its latest devices (Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5) from 3.7MP in the Galaxy Note 4 to 5MP. HTC seems to have started the 5MP front “selfie” camera revolution in the Android world, with Sony following thereafter, and, while Samsung increased its offering from a 2.1MP camera to 3.7MP, Samsung hadn’t thought to bump up the camera all that much. The HTC One M7’s 5MP camera was only HD (720p), but its pictures were gorgeous and vivid.

We have other details about Apple that we’ve reiterated before. Aside from the “long press vibration” feature known as Force Touch, and the 2GB of RAM that will follow Apple’s iPad Air 2 (which is the first Apple device to feature 2GB of RAM), Apple also looks to bump up the back camera from 8MP, first implemented in the company’s iPhone 4S, to 12MP – marking the first time Apple has increased its back camera performance in 3 years. Apple implemented a 5MP back camera in the iPhone 4, but made a slight jump to 8MP in the iPhone 4S.

Apple’s decision to implement a 12MP back camera this year, after such increased demand for it, has a lot to do with the company’s struggle to differentiate this year’s iPhone from last year’s. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as the “S” always suggests, will be an incremental bump from its predecessors of 2014. In years past, however, this hasn’t kept customers from gladly standing in long lines, days in advance, and buying a device that they think gives them the latest and greatest bragging rights for the next year. Even the body of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will remain the same for this year, suggesting that customers have fewer reasons to buy the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus than they did the 6 and 6 Plus (due to Apple’s release of a larger-screened iPhone experience).

Apple will also announce its own news app at Wednesday’s event, we’re told, with Cupertino having gotten some 40 partners or so (including Conde Naste and the New York Times) to agree to provide content for iOS users exclusively. Interested consumers will get a rose gold color option this time, to add to Apple’s aluminum metal and gold smartphone choice options.

Apple is all set to announce its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on Wednesday, September 9th at 10am PT (Pacific Time) or 1pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). Aptgadget will continue to update you regarding the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as details unfold.



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