In the latest episode of The Talk Show, John Gruber mentions that he’s heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone.
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.
What makes Gruber’s comments interesting and possibly true is Sony’s announcement today regarding their new smartphone camera sensor that packs 21-megapixels into a small 1/2.4-inch design. Sony has long been Apple’s supplier for the camera sensors that go into the iPhone.
This also brings up another interesting possibility: interchangeable lenses. Earlier this year, a newly granted Apple patent suggested Apple was exploring the possibility of attaching various small, fixed focal-length lens to the iPhone’s rear camera. Could this also be part of what Gruber meant when he said “DSLR quality”? We’re quite a ways away from the next iPhone announcement, but the idea of an even better iPhone camera makes us drool.