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It looks as though Apple has its own Project Mogul in the works, although this one (presumably) has little to do with aliens crashing in the wastes of New Mexico. In this case, "Mogul" refers to a new camera feature that was uncovered in the coding during the latest beta testing for iOS 7--one that will finally allow iPhone users to record video at a slow-mo rate of 120 frames per second. Get ready for a lot of artsy videos of plastic bags flying around on Facebook.
The feature was discovered by 9to5Mac, who also reported that the resolution that the footage would be recorded in remains unclear. That's important because the whole appeal of such slow footage lies in its ability to create lovely slow imagery without a noticeable dip in quality. In the existing versions of the feature on other devices, such as with the Samsung Galaxy (seen below), slow footage necessitates a drop in resolution.
Fascinatingly enough, 9to5Mac couldn't even activate the feature on the iPhone 5 owing to unsupported hardware, which likely means we won't see this footage until the debut of the iPhone 5S, much as iPhone 4 users couldn't enjoy chatting with Siri upon the release of the iPhone 4S. Even so, keep in mind that all 9to5 Mac found was the coding--there's a slim chance that we might not even see this feature until the release of whatever comes *after* the iPhone 5S.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to believe that we'll only have to wait until this fall. Based on some of the leaks we've seen over the last few weeks, the next iPhone will likely feature other improvements such as a 12-megapixel rear camera and improved night photography features. It'll also feature faster frame-rate capture speeds in addition to the anticipated slow-mo option.
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