Apple fans are eagerly looking forward to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Numerous reports suggest that Apple would unveil the new phones on September 9, with pre-orders beginning September 11. The iPhone 6S will go for sale on September 18. Meanwhile, Business Insider has learned from its sources in the supply chain that Apple has placed orders for six-element camera lenses that are likely to be used in the next year’s iPhone 7.
Apple places order for six-element camera lenses
The upcoming iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will have a five-element camera lens to work with an improved 12-megapixel sensor. But next year’s six-element lenses will take camera quality to a whole new level. Each ‘element’ is a layer of plastic that works as a lens in the camera. Smartphone vendors use layers of plastic rather than glass in cameras due to their lower cost and smaller size of smartphone cameras.
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Sources said the elements in the next month’s iPhone 6S and the 2016 iPhone 7 are made of a higher specification to capture more complex and detailed information. However, the iPhone 7 won’t be the only six-element smartphone camera. OnePlus 2‘s 13MP camera also features six-element lens. A six-element camera yields sharper and clearer images as it can absorb more light.
A hydrogen cartridge may prolong the iPhone 7’s battery life
Separately, British tech firm Intelligent Energy has developed a breakthrough technology that may allow the iPhone 7 to run for a week without recharging. According to The Telegraph, which had a chance to take a look at a prototype fuel cell iPhone, Intelligent Energy is working very closely with Apple.
The British company has developed a working iPhone 6 prototype equipped with both a rechargeable battery and its own technology that produces electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, producing very small amounts of heat and water as waste. Intelligence Energy claims it is the world’s first fuel cell system incorporated into a smartphone without altering its size or shape. The technology is believed to be used in the iPhone 7.