Is this an iPhone 5 camera test photo?

Pocket Now has found what they think is an iPhone 5 camera test photo taken by an Apple engineer. What makes them so suspicious?

This (very attractive) photo claims to have been taken by an iPhone 4, but the rest of its EXIF data tells a different story: although the image has been cropped to 2235x2291 (5.12 megapixels), the original picture was a much larger 3264x2448 -- or just shy of eight megapixels. What's more, the lens was recorded as a 4.3mm f/2.4, which is closer to that of a point-and-shoot than the iPhone 4's actual 3.85mm f/2.8.

iPhone 5 has long been rumored to be getting an 8 megapixel camera, lets just hope Apple keeps prioritizing photons over size and we get a great sensor to go with it.

[Pocket Now]

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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

27 Comments
  • Who knew that the next iPhone would be taking "RAW" images?
    /rimshot
  • bravo for that.
  • Just because an image contains EXIF data doesn't mean it's shooting RAW. Most modern digital cameras write EXIF data to the image.
  • That joke went well over you head. ;-)
  • lol how could you miss that joke ?! wow
  • you sir, have no sense of humor.
  • I don't get it.
  • Sushi = raw.
  • I have a craving for sushi all of a sudden.
  • Yeah HTCs camera parts are pretty bad. Apple's since the iP4 was good. Nokia wins all out in camera quality across phones.
  • My N95 had a Carl Zeiss lense. Good stuff and some great pics!
  • This would be awesome!
    +1 for sensor updates, not just size.
  • Oh man, I agree 100%. Nokia had the hardware right, IMO. Software became antiquated w/ the iPhone release. :-D
  • No green spot in the center of the picture so not an iPhone LOL
  • I'm seeing a green spot (and, no, it's not my eyes -- I just had them checked last week).
  • You may be seeing green because of the green leave on the plate mayhaps? Definitely no spot in the middle though. Trust me. I'm near-sighted.
  • There is a green tint around the center, which makes me think that this is an iPhone 4 image. Could Apple be using the same processor/software and making iPhone5s with the same problem?
  • Wow, that photo is pretty nice. But for all that matters, this photo could be taken by any camera.
  • Don't like the fact that they are making the lens less wide angle if this is true.
  • The image was cropped -- see text from article, above.
  • wouldn't that be nice
  • Remember.... there are only two things that smell like sushi and one of them is sushi.
  • Now I'm hoping the new phone ships with an included chop sticks app.
  • Just wondering if Apple will ever address the blue-green hue that is present in the center of pictures taken with the iPhone 4's camera (and this new camera, too, apparently)?
  • +1
  • I'm hungry.
  • Mmmmm the other thing...lol