Rumour has it the iPhone 6 will land with an 8MP rear camera, same as the iPhone 5s before it. And the iPhone 5 before it. And the iPhone 4S before it.
But that doesn’t mean the iPhone 6 camera won’t have anything worth talking about. On the contrary, Apple is on the verge of going camera crazy, with iOS 8 opening up all sorts of manual control.
That’s the word over on AnandTech, where Joshua Ho essentially takes a few lines from the WWDC 2014 keynote and runs wild with them.
In days gone by, iPhone camera controls have been unsurprisingly limited (typical Apple), with an HDR button, toggles for the front camera and video recorder, and – if you hold your finger down on-screen – an AE/AF lock.
But Josh suggests iOS 8 will “expose just about every manual camera control possible”, including options previously seen only on HTC and Nokia phones.
Namely, we can expect to adjust ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure bias, while something called “gray card functionality” will “bypass the auto white balance mechanism and both EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, to be honest, but I’m guessing camera aficionados just pitched a trouser tent.
Example functionality includes “smoothly focusing into an object to provide a dramatic effect” while shooting video, while you’ll be able to go bukkaki – wait, that’s the wrong one – bokeh crazy with the depth of field antics and whatnot.
For a frankly silly amount of info, with diagrams to boot, hit up AnandTech.