‘iPhone 9’ leak hints at big camera improvements

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iPhone 9 camera leak
iPhone 9 could pack Apple's best camera yet.
Photo: Slashleaks

You’ll miss out on a secondary rear-facing camera if you opt for the more affordable “iPhone 9” this fall, but the single sensor you will get could be Apple’s best yet.

An apparent spy shot of the device corroborates claims that it will pack an even larger camera lens for snapping better photos and videos. You can also expect optical image stabilization for enhanced low-light performance.

We’ll have to wait another month for Apple to make its next-generation iPhone lineup official, but thanks to a growing list of leaks, we already have a great idea of what to expect. This “leak” gives us another glimpse of the upcoming 6.1-inch model.

With an LCD display, this is expected to be the most affordable of the three devices coming this year. It will be slightly larger than the refreshed iPhone X, but smaller than the even more expensive iPhone X Plus.

iPhone’s improved camera

We know Apple will have to hold back some important features to make the 6.1-inch iPhone cheaper. As well as skipping OLED screens, it is expected to drop 3D Touch, while mobile photographers will have to rely on one rear-facing camera instead of two.

But it almost certainly won’t be the same rear-facing camera that was packed into the iPhone 8. The photo above, published on Slashleaks, hints at a larger camera sensor that would provide better and brighter photos and videos.

It also shows a relocated LED flash and the iPhone’s glistening glass back — much like iPhone 8’s — which would allow for the return of wireless charging.

Beware the fakes

Sadly, we cannot confirm this image is genuine. Its publisher does not provide any additional information, so it’s hard to tell where the photo comes from. The device could well be another dummy unit, rather than an actual 2018 iPhone.

For now, then, take this leak with a pinch of salt. It certainly seems plausible that Apple would pack an improved camera into the so-called iPhone 9 — especially if it has only one — but we shouldn’t get our hopes up until the device gets its big unveiling next month.