The next iPhone's selfie camera could be getting a serious upgrade. According to new findings in the iOS 9 developer beta, Apple's next smartphone (rumored to be the iPhone 6s) may gain features such as 1080p video and panoramic shots for its front-facing camera.
This discovery was made by London-based developer Hamza Sood, who found the purported new camera features from within the iOS 9 beta's code. Sood posted a screenshot highlighting the more revealing lines of code, including ones that mention support for front-facing 1080p, 120 frame-per-second video, as well as for front-facing slow-motion clips.
The text also hints at both flash and panaoramic support for the next iPhone's selfie cam. All of these features would make a significant upgrade from the iPhone 6's FaceTime HD camera, which is limited to 720p, 30fps video recording and lacks the slow-motion and panoramic features of the phone's rear-facing, 8-MP iSight camera.
Given the rise of selfie-centric smartphones such as the HTC Desire Eye and the upcoming Asus Zenfone selfie, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the next iPhone's front camera get a major refresh. A better selfie shooter could be one of several big camera upgrades coming to Apple's next phone, as the purported iPhone 6s is also rumored to feature a rear-facing light splitter for better colors, as well as a bump in resolution from 8-MP to 12-MP for its main camera.
You'll likely have to wait until September to see if the iPhone's selfie cam has truly evolved, but you won't have to wait nearly as long to try out iOS 9. For the first time, Apple's next mobile software update will be available as a public beta in July before it launches later this year.