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Could Apple Be Planning A Dual LED Flash iPhone 5?

The tip-off Apple Insider received about Apple apparently reducing orders for the current iPhone 4 camera and flash module, may indicate that Apple is planning to get both the camera and flash components from a third party rather than Philips.

In addition, Taiwanese website (opens in new tab) published a picture of the new iPhone 5 rear camera which clearly shows that there won't be any flash attached to the camera module AND the component that blocked the camera flash/interference.

Now could it be that Apple is planning to have a dual LED flash which, unlike existing smartphones, would be located a few centimeters apart allowing a better (and wider) light coverage; the HTC Evo 4G & HD2, the Nokia N96 & N900 and the Motorola Atrix all have a dual LED flash but all are physically only a few millimeters apart.

The move will not cost significantly more; iSuppli (opens in new tab) said that the combined cost of the camera and flash module on the iPhone 4 was just under $10, which means that adding a flash will, at most, add $2 to the bill of material while the increase in power consumption is likely to be minimal.

However, such a move would allow Apple to offer a unique selling point, at least for a few months (before others emulate that feature) and allow Apple to boost the iPhone 5's credentials as the best camera-phone on the market.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.