Word is that the iPhone 5S is a minor upgrade. But if it's got a better camera, it's major.
Smartphone camera competition is getting stiff. And a phone's photo shooting prowess is increasingly the focus at dedicated camera review sites.
The iPhone 5 fared well, though it was a close contest with the S4 in some areas. The HTC One was good in low-light conditions.
HTC, in fact, is a good example of a company trying to push the envelope on camera tech. The One has an Ultrapixel camera (see image at bottom) with larger sensors that pull in more light, boosting low-light shots.
Meanwhile, the Samsung S4 boasts a 13 megapixel sensor versus the iPhone 5's 8MP, which makes a difference in photo size, as CNET Reviews points out.
Though more megapixels is a less meaningful spec these days, Samsung will undoubtedly continue to be aggressive with optics.
The larger point is that a smartphone is the only camera for a lot of people. So, any phone maker that comes out with manifestly better camera tech will get a lot of attention and sway buyers.
Count me as one of those buyers. And an iPhone 5S that looks identical to the iPhone 5 (what Apple typically does with S models) but packs a better camera would constitute a sway-worthy upgrade.
So, what's in store for the 5S? Reports point to a higher-resolution camera and improved low-light mode.
Ostensible photos of the back shell of the 5S show a larger LED flash.
If all of this is true, the 5S could be a much better shooter than the 5. I'd smile for that camera.