Latest Apple iPhone 5S rumours point to 12-megapixel camera with improved night shooting

The Apple iPhone 5S will come equipped with a 12-megapixel primary camera, if the latest rumours are to be believed. Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn has dished up the fresh speculation, citing an anonymous source inside the Apple supply chain.

Apparently, the 12-megapixel rear snapper will boost the new iPhone's night shooting capabilities, though the website wasn't clear on how this would be achieved.

One possibility is that Apple's new 12-megapixel camera will come with an improved custom lens, or the device's sensor could feature a lower focal ratio (f-stop measurement) to allow more light to enter the frame. Software tweaks on iOS 7 could also help iPhone photographers capture cleaner night shots.

Of course, from investment analysts to bedroom bloggers, techies are notoriously fond of spouting hooey about mythical Apple products in the run-up to their release. However, there's actually good reason to believe the latest round of camera-related iPhone gossip.

For one, Apple traditionally bolsters the iPhone's camera as part of its odd-year incremental 'S' upgrade - the iPhone 4S therefore featuring the same 8-megapixel camera found on the current generation iPhone 5. What's more, Tinhte.vn actually has a decent track record when it comes to fruit-related rumours and has posted legit leaked images in the past. The only real surprise is that we're talking about a 12-megapixel sensor, as previous speculation had hinted that a 13-megapixel rear shooter was in the off.

Whatever the case, we'd be shocked if Apple stuck with the same 8-megapixel camera it has slapped on its last two handsets, as its competitors are by and large upping their photographic game - witness the 13-megapixel shooter on the Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One's 'UltraPixel' snapper.

Elsewhere, the iPhone 5S is expected to pack an improved quad-core processor, while further speculation points to the next Apple smartphone offering a range of colour options (see image render, top). The Apple iPhone 5S is also rumoured to come with a "killer feature" to help catapult Apple back to the top of the mobile pile - a software-based innovation based around NFC or fingerprint scanning technology, or something combining the two, is a popular tip.