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The introduction of the iPhone 5s made it clear that Apple considers including great cameras with its smartphone a priority, which is why it's so easy to believe the latest rumor coming out of Taiwan. According to Chinese site IT168 (via MacRumors), hints scattered along Taiwanese supply line suggest that the next iPhone will boast a 10 megapixel camera with a f/1.8 aperture.
For comparison, the iPhone 5s sports a 8-megapixel camera and a f/2.2 aperture. Not bad, considering that it's sufficed for footage of Apple's striking celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Mac and last year's Burberry spring and summer fashion show.
But Apple appears poised to push this handy camera set further. For one, the article claims that Apple plans to replace the iPhone 6's hybrid IR filter with a resin filter produced by Japanese manufacturer JSR. JSR's existing ARTON filters are said to be both lighter and thinner than IR filters, and they allegedly take "cleaner" images because the resin minimizes color shifts in cameras with CMOS filers.
As with all such rumors, take it with a grain of salt. As MacRumors reports, early last month The China Post claimed that the next iPhone would have an 8-megapixel camera, and that analysts from Nomura Securities believed that Apple would instead focus on features such as image stabilization.
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