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iPhone 5S tipped for 12-megapixel camera with improved low light photos

Whispers on the wind indicate that Apple is ready to begin production of the iPhone 5S very shortly, but what exactly will the next iteration of the handset bring? Given that this may be an “S” model, we could be seeing a faster processor and vastly improved camera. Popular Vietnamese leak site seems to think so too, spilling details of the camera that could be in the next iPhone.

According to the site’s source, Apple intends to use a 12-megapixel camera in the next iPhone. That would be a bump up from the current 8-megapixel sensor used in the iPhone 5. An increase in megapixels won’t be the only benefit, however. believes that Apple is aiming to dramatically improve low light performance of the camera, possibly in response to handsets like the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One.

That makes sense when you take previous reports into account. iMore has previously indicated that Apple is working to “raise the bar in terms of iPhone optics.” The improved camera may not impede on the current design of the iPhone either, with Apple reportedly aiming to cram the improved camera into the same casing.

Hardware isn’t the only story, however. After the mixed response to several elements in iOS 6 – including the skeuomorphic design language and the controversial Maps app – Apple is rumoured to completely change the design of the OS. John Gruber of Daring Fireball has suggested that the OS will see a “significant system-wide UI overhaul,” a move apparently designed to simplify the look of the OS while removing divisive textures in applications.

[spotted at MacRumors]


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