iPhone 5 rumors have been so rampant that they’re trickling down to even the smallest details, such as the type of flash its camera will be using. Honestly, when is the last time you heard a rumor about whether a smartphone will have a single LED versus a dual LED for its camera’s flash unit? The latter will apparently be making an appearance on the iPhone 5, which ought to make extremely low-light situations a little less unforgiving.
According to DigiTimes, Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology are companies named as possible candidates for providing the flash units for the upcoming Apple smartphone.
Edison, which is specialized in the production of high-power LEDs, has begun shipping its LED flash products to branded handset vendors and therefore has a high chance of winning dual-LED flash orders from Apple, the sources noted.
As a photography enthusiast, I dislike using flash whenever it can be helped. In most cases, I prefer cranking up ISO settings and having a slightly noisy picture instead of using a flash and washing out colors and losing background detail. However, there are some cases in which the flash doesn’t hurt image quality too much. The HTC Sensation, for example, uses a dual-LED flash very well and nighttime pictures turned out very well in my review.
The iPhone 5 might up its megapixel count to eight, and with a dual-LED flash it just might give most other smartphone cameras with similar specs a run for their money. In fact, the iPhone 4′s image quality is perhaps only outdone by the Nokia N8. The iPhone 4 has also taken on the role of most-used camera for Flickr uploads.
Rumors say the iPhone 5 will be launching this fall, September, to be more precise, so we’ll have to wait and see whether all the chatter is true. Dual-core processor? Bigger display? Improved camera? With iOS 5 slated for around the same time, the next iteration of Apple’s smartphone sounds like it’s going to be a beast.