Apple Orders LED Flash Components For Future iPhones?
Word from an unnamed source says Apple has acquired large quantities of LED camera flash bulb components. Leading us to believe the next generation of iPhone will include a camera flash bulb. While the 3GS’s 3.2 megapixel camera component is fairly decent, most of the big-name smartphones these days like the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One opt for the bulkier but far superior 5 megapixel components with flash bulbs to compensate for the lower effectiveness in low light.
The intel conveniently backs up the earlier rumor from last month that Apple was ordering large quantities of 5 megapixel camera components from OmniVision Technologies, to be designed by Philips’ Lumileds Lighting sector, an Amsterdam firm known for their LUXEON LED components.
In the original iPhone and iPhone 3G, Apple justified the lack of a camera flash component by saying the small 2 megapixel camera was better suited to low light conditions than the beefier ones. They were right, but the photos it takes are so low in resolution that most of the pictures weren’t that great anyway. The 3.2 megapixel camera in the 3GS is a big improvement, but more megapixels means higher light requirements. Going as high as 5 megapixels means a flash bulb is a must if indoor photos are going to be anything more than a grainy dark rectangle, as you can see: