The iPhone 6 could come with interchangeable lenses, if the latest rumour turns out to be true.
According to Chinese website IT168, the new iPhone will come a ten megapixel sensor, a wider f1.8 aperture and interchangeable “resin” lenses. It was quoting supply chain sources in Taiwan.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6 later this year.
The lenses are reportedly created using a new resin called ARTON. According to sources, Japanese company JSR will be providing the lenses based on the new resin.
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JSR’s own marketing material claims that the lenses offer superior “optical characteristics” and “dimension stability” that are “best suited for optical applications.”
While the concept of Apple launching a phone with interchangeable lenses might seem far fetched, there is some evidence that suggest it may do just that.
Apple was recently granted two patents for interchangeable lenses for the iPhone. However it is too early to know if the technology described in the patents will make it into the next generation of iPhone.
Previous rumours have suggested that the iPhone 6 could come with a Lytro style camera. How that would fit in with the latest rumours is unclear.
Foxconn has begun recruiting workers for a next-gen iPhone, a Chinese-language report claimed Tuesday.
A recruitment firm that works with a Hon Hai (aka Foxconn) plant in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, has begun large-scale recruitment of workers for production of Apple’s next-gen phone, according to a report in China Business News.
Though the report refers to the product as the “iPhone 6,” this appears to be guesswork, as there is no indication of a model number confirmation from Foxconn.
A source at the plant noted that Hon Hai currently has 210,000 workers, compared to a peak of 300,000 in 2012, according to an English-language summary provided by BrightWire News.
There are speculative references in the CBN article to a product — possibly different from the one going into production — with a“borderless” design, aluminum and carbon fiber shell, and chassis weight 40 percent less than the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S, with a physical design similar to the iPhone 5, is expected in the fall timeframe. Presumably, a more radically redesigned iPhone 6 would follow the 5S.