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iOS 9 Files Hint at Front-Facing Camera Improvements With 1080p Video Support and Flash

Code hidden within iOS 9 files hints at upcoming iPhone improvements, suggesting Apple could potentially be planning to introduce a front-facing camera with flash support, the ability to capture 1080p video, and several rear-facing camera capabilities, like Panorama and Slo-Mo modes.

"CAMCaptureCapabilities" files in iOS 9 discovered by developer Hamza Sood have file names like "[CAMCaptureCapabilities isFront1080p120Supported]," which seems to refer to the front-facing camera on the iPhone. At the current time, the front-facing "FaceTime" camera is able to capture 1.2-megapixel photos and record 720p HD video.

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There's no indication that these particular file names reflect Apple's upcoming plans for the front-facing camera, but it's possible that these are improvements we may see in the future. The front-facing camera has always lagged behind the rear-facing camera in order to save space, but with the increasing popularity of "selfies," Apple may choose to introduce some major upgrades to the front-facing camera in the future.

Rumors have suggested that the rear-facing camera will be gaining some major improvements with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, so it's a reasonable assumption that the front-facing camera may also see improvements at the same time. There have been hints suggesting the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus could see the biggest camera jump Apple's ever introduced, adopting near-DSLR image quality.

Apple did recently acquire a company that specializes in dual-sensor cameras that produce better images and are capable of capturing 3D imagery, but it is not known if that technology will make it into the new iPhones. Apple is expected to introduce the two new devices in the fall, perhaps in mid-September, based on past release timelines.


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16 months ago


"With this next generation of iPhone, we not only wanted to improve it, we wanted to fundamentally change it. With iPhone 6S, we are revolutionising the way you take selfies, and thats why we are calling our next iPhone, the iPhone 6Selfie"
Rating: 41 Votes
16 months ago
Next Keynote.
Phil Schiller: Now, you can fill your new iPhone 16GB faster
People applauding enthusiastically
Rating: 24 Votes
16 months ago
Crystal clear selfies! Teenagers and narcissists everywhere rejoice!;)
Rating: 23 Votes
16 months ago


Not only did we revolutionize the way you take selfies, we removed the unnecessary back camera to make the iPhone 6Selfie a thinnest phone ever made, we moved the display to the back of the phone so that your friends will have a live view of the selfie you're about to take. It's magical.
Rating: 19 Votes
16 months ago
At the very least, the selfies flooding my Facebook feed will look better.
Rating: 16 Votes
16 months ago



Not only did we revolutionize the way you take selfies, we removed the unnecessary back camera to make the iPhone 6Selfie a thinnest phone ever made, we moved the display to the back of the phone so that your friends will have a live view of the selfie you're about to take. It's magical.




Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago

That can't be right? iPhone 6 came out time ago.


That should say iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (and it does now). Darn naming schemes.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
Curious if it will be an actual flash module or they take the Mac's PhotoBooth functionality and just flash the display in all white at full brightness. Should work for selfies.
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago
Wait, that means that finally Front LED Notification will be possible? THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago

Wait, that means that finally Front LED Notification will be possible? THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!


As long as there's a way to turn it off. That's one of the most annoying "features" about Androids.
Rating: 3 Votes

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