3D Camera For Apple’s iPhone 5?

Among the many rumours hovering around about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 , is that the next-gen iOS smartphone will be powered by the A5 processor, offer an edge-to-edge screen, and an 8MP camera alongside a dual-LED flash.

Leaked photos have recently introduced a new suggestion, namely the possibility that the iPhone 5 could integrate a 3D camera, IB Times reports.

This is not the first time leaked photos have appeared on Chinese websites claiming to reveal the specs of the fifth-gen iPhone. In May, some photos suggested that the smartphone could integrate a dual camera sensor. The distance between the two camera sensors is smaller in the recent leaked photo compared to the photos from May.

The photo reportedly leaked from Shenzhen, a city where Apple’s suppliers are headquartered, which could give more credibility to the picture. The photo features a smartphone similar to the iPhone 4, but does not incorporate an edge-to-edge screen.

The Cupertino-based company filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office in March for a system capable of capturing, processing and rendering 3D images. However, the patent features three sensors, while the leaked photo shows only two.

It is unlikely that the iPhone 5 will integrate a 3D camera, since Apple needs to solve other issues first (offer a higher resolution camera, improve the battery life etc).