Leaked Parts Confirm iPhone 5S Dual-LED Flash [Image]

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Although the new fingerprint sensor gets all the attention, another big draw of the forthcoming iPhone 5S is the rumored camera improvements. We’ve heard that we’re at least looking at a megapixel jump to 12MP, but dual-LED flash is also rumored to be in the cards, and when it comes to the latter, it looks like we may have just received our confirmation.

Photographs of new leaked iPhone 5S parts have been published online, showing the uppermost glass wedge of the device.

As you may recall, this glass section is designed to easily allow the iPhone 5’s antenna signals to pass through the metal chassis of the device, and the uppermost section also accommodates cut-outs for the iPhone’s camera and LED flash. But look at how big the cut-out for the LED flash is in the above image. It’s fully twice the size of the current one.

The increased size indicates a dual-LED flash module, which should result in a more natural, “even” illumination in low-light conditions. It’s not going to make your low-light pictures look as good as photos where the flash doesn’t trigger, but it’ll help.

Unlike the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor, which is probably not going to be a revolutionary new feature for everyone, dual-LED flash is something that can theoretically improve everyone’s photography. We’re glad this one is shaping up to be more than a rumor.

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  • ken147

    Was this officially released by Apple? No? Then it’s not confirmed.

  • thegraphicmac

    “…but dual-LED flash is also rumored to be in the cars…”

    I was unaware my car had or needed any flash, let alone a dual-LED flash.

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