Anyone who's regular visitor of this website will know that reports about Apple's next iPhone is currently on fire. Especially now that we are fast approaching its expected release date. If you are indeed keeping up with iPhone 5 news, then you should be well aware that one of the alleged slated improvement for the next iPhone is an upgrade to the iPhone 4's camera. From the iPhone 4's 5 megapixel camera to the iPhone 5's 8 megapixel shooter. Now an alleged test photo of the iPhone 5 camera is found floating on the Internet. Is this photo indeed from the iPhone 5?
The classy and attractive photo (below) depicts a delicious plate of sushi which is supposedly taken with the next iPhone's camera owned by an Apple engineer. The photo was claimed to be taken with the iPhone 4 but on closer inspection the EXIF data of the photo points to an otherwise different story. In case you are not familiar with EXIF data, it stands for Exchangeable Image File which are information recorded by the camera into an image file. Examples of information that can be found in an EXIF data are shutter speed, time and date when the photo was taken, metering pattern, whether or not flash was used and so on.
The above image was claimed to be from the iPhone 4 but the EXIF data suggests otherwise. The image has been cropped down to 2235×2291, which is equivalent to 5.12 megapixels. It has been found out that the original picture was much larger with the size of 3264x2448 which is roughly equals to 8 megapixel. Another tidbit that made people to believe that this was not from the iPhone 4 is with the lens. The photo was recorded with a 4.3mm f/2.4 lens as opposed to the iPhone 4's 3.85mm f/2.8. Based on the information above, this falls in nicely with the persistent rumors that the iPhone 5 will be sporting an 8 megapixel camera.
As 9to5Mac has pointed out, another interesting information is that the EXIF data points to no other than the Apple Campus. The photo was allegedly taken by an iOS engineer while he was having a nice lunch at the cafeteria. The original photo was originally found in Flickr and what do you know, it's now taken down. We definitely take that as a good sign.
A better camera is one logical way for Apple to improve its next iPhone. In fact we will be very surprised if the iPhone 5 doesn't have a better camera than the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 camera has been a real hit among users so it won't make sense if Apple neglects to improve it for the next iPhone iteration. Whether this photo came from the iPhone 5 camera or not, it should be safe to assume that the next iPhone will be supporting a better camera than the current one. [via PocketNow]