iPhone 6S to get front flash mode? (Update: Rose Gold color on the way)

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The iPhone 6S will include a screen-based front flash mode, 9to5Mac reports. The article also bolsters claims of a report from last month that the camera will be upgraded to 12MP and support 4K video recording. Apple is expected to move from its current 8-megapixel sensor design to a custom 12-megapixel image sensor in both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, along with an upgraded image signal processor that will be built into the new A9 system-on-a-chip. The new iPhones will also reportedly include an upgraded front FaceTime camera sensor for higher quality video calls and selfies, along with front-facing panorama shots and slow motion 720p video. Although contrary to earlier rumors, the new iPhone will not sport a physical LED on the front, the “flash mode” will illuminate an entirely white screen when the shutter button is pressed to simulate a flash when photos are taken — a feature that has already been implemented previously in some third-party apps such as Snapchat.

Update: 9to5Mac has added an additional report noting that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models will be available in a new “Rose Gold” color option, similar to that of the Apple Watch, although made from anodized aluminum rather than actual gold. The color is described as a “copper-like variation” on the existing gold color option. The front will be the same white color as the white and standard gold iPhone models.

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