Pocketnow.com reports that it has discovered a new photo that may have been taken by an iPhone 5. The data associated with the “test photo” reveals that the picture, cropped to a size of 5 megapixels, was originally a much-higher resolution just short of 8 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,” the report said. In addition, the report claims that the picture was taken by an Apple engineer eating lunch at work.
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 2235×2291 (5.12 megapixels), the original picture was a much larger 3264×2448 — 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.
The rumored iPhone 5 photo is supported by numerous rumors that Apple’s next-generation will offer an 8-megapixel camera. This week, a new report suggested that Apple had contracted Largan Precision and Electronic Optical to supply those camera lenses for the next iPhone. Claimed part leaks from the “iPhone 5″ revealed a rear camera identical to that from the iPhone 4.
MacRumors reports that the original image was posted on Flickr (now pulled) by an Apple software engineer working on Safari and WebKit for iOS.
Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested a launch in October.