The highly anticipated next gen Apple iPhone (weither if it the 5S or 6) continues to make the rounds in the rumor mill. According to the latest rumors the next gen iPhone will feature an improved 2MP front-facing camera.
The report comes from iOSDoc and says the next iPhone will come out with iOS 7 on board and the smartphone will have the ability to record Full HD videos.
Furthermore, the latest version of iOS, which is yet to be announced at the WWDC of this year, will have a new feature called dual-shot, which is quite similar to the dual-camera mode on the LG Optimus G Pro and the one on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The dual-shot feature allows you to capture images and videos with both front facing camera as well as the backboon camera at the same time. The feature is still in its beta testing phase and is expected to be integrated into the final iOS 7 version as soon as the testing phese is completed.
Unfortunately, the dual-shot feature will be made exclusive for iPhone 5S and will not be available on any older iPhones gen.
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Well the next gen iPhone (iPhone 5S) can’t last in dark, and today we have some interesting pictures of what is allegedly a prototype of the next Apple iPhone.
While the pictures aren’t of the best quality or taken in studio conditions they do reveal a lot about the pictured smartphone. For one it sheds off the iconic home button and replaces it with a real edge-to-edge display (although we can’t see the actual screen underneath).
Then there’s the design – it’s sloped towards the edges, which coincides with a patent application from the Cupertino company that was approved last week.
The sketch from the Apple patent application
However, we have to note that this kind of design isn’t typical of Apple. The company tends to favor more squarish designs, which allow it to make full use of the space within the smartphone’s chassis and create more compact devices.
We urge you to take these photos with several pinches of salt as the device pictured above could either be photoshopped or even digitally rendered altogether.
There’s one scenario that might make sense here – what you are seeing could be a prototype on which Apple is working. All major manufacturers consider and test a number of different designs before settling on the final version. It might also be a case specially designed to conceal the look of the Apple iPhone 5S, but that seems too much effort – these dev units are usually simple plastic rectangles.
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According to the Daring FireballIt the upcoming iOS 7 update is running behind schedule. Engineers are now reportedly being pulled from the OS X 10.9 update to work on Apple’s mobile operating system.
While that may seem like a bummer, there is good news as well. It seems that iOS 7 will be a major overhaul in terms of UI design over the previous versions of the operating system. The heavily skeuomorphic UI elements, such as leather trim, linen backgrounds and torn paper edges are reportedly being trashed, hopefully in favor of a cleaner, simpler UI. Engineers who are field testing the OS are carrying special devices with polarizing filters on the screen that limits the visibility so as to not give the new UI away. They normally wouldn’t go this far if it wasn’t significantly different.
Ever since Scott Forstall left Apple and handed over the reigns of iOS to Sir Jonathan Ive, it has been speculated as to what direction the future versions of iOS will take under the command of their new master. While Forstall clearly favored a more flamboyant approach to design, Ive has a much more simpler and minimalistic style, as can be seen from Apple’s hardware.
As such, it is no surprise that iOS will also be taking a similar route in terms of design under Ive. Other than getting rid of the gaudy UI elements that had few fans, the new update will also give iOS a much needed UI refresh, which has clearly started looking long in the tooth.
We can now say we are genuinely looking forward to seeing what Apple has to showcase this year. Hopefully, they won’t take too long.
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