iOS 9 code hints 1080p, 240fps, flash coming to iPhone’s front-facing FaceTime camera

“Code found in the first iOS 9 developer betas reveals that Apple is planning to support some significant camera features and upgrades with the new software version,” Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac.

“Presumably planned for the next iPhone hardware version, developer Hamza Sood has discovered code in iOS 9 that reveals support for long-awaited changes to the front-facing FaceTime camera,” Hall reports. “According to the code, iOS 9 adds support for a FaceTime camera with 1080p video capture, up from the current 720p camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.”

Hall reports, “Code in iOS 9 also hints at support for capturing 240fps video at 720p using the front facing FaceTime camera.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Two words: Quality selfies.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Dan K.,” and “Bill” for the heads up.]


    1. Whoever coined the word “selfie” ought to be carefully lined up and shot!
      My choice of weapon would be a pinhole camera, get the **stard to pose still for a very veeeery long time indeed!

  1. There are plenty of uses for a front-facing camera other than for selfies. I often use the front camera for taking pictures from awkward angles. For instance, last week we spotted a bird’s nest high in a hedge and by using the front camera, it was possible to hold the camera above the nest and see on the screen what the camera was seeing. I also use it when doing work around my house. It can peep into places where I can’t see and can fit through small gaps to see what’s on the other side. A front flash would be very useful in those circumstances.

    When the mention was made of flash, my first thought was that a typical LED flash system with it’s point source would produce a rather harsh, unflattering light which would not work well on selfies. But then I realised that you don’t actually need a separate LED for the flash as it should be possible to use the entire screen, which would provide a very much softer and flattering light for selfies. Mac users might recall that Photo Booth uses a similar technique.

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