References found in the code of iOS 7 beta 3 reveal that the next generation iPhone, widely called the iPhone 5S, might have a unique camera feature that will allow slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second.
Apple seeded iOS 7 beta 3 to developers yesterday, precisely two weeks after iOS 7 beta 2 was rolled out. Developers are currently testing the latest iOS platform update ahead of the public release expected this fall. Naturally they’re reporting their discoveries. One such discovery is related to a new camera feature called “Mogul” which allows slow motion video capture. The feature reportedly does not work on iPhone 5 because the camera module isn’t capable of supporting it, hence the speculation that it might be an exclusive feature for the upcoming smartphone.
At this point in time, references to the 120fps video recording feature are hidden inside iOS 7 beta 3 code. The company has already confirmed that iOS 7 will allow video recording at up to 60fps, developers can tap in to that functionality through their apps. It isn’t known right now in what resolution is the slow motion 120fps video is captured in. It is possible that the “Mogul” feature might not debut with iPhone 5S, as we’ve seen this happen in the past as well. References to the Panorama mode were discovered when iOS 5 betas were being rolled out, the feature wasn’t made available until iOS 6.
There’s an added advantage should Apple choose to allow iPhone 5S users to capture slow motion videos. It would bring the smartphone at Galaxy S4’s level, which supports video recording at 120fps. With Galaxy S4 becoming one of the hottest selling smartphones this year, it’s definitely going to be in Apple’s sights once the company releases its next flagship smartphone.