by Joe White
July 10, 2013
According to code found in Apple's developer-only iOS 7, the Cupertino, Calif. company's forthcoming iPhone handset could feature an impressive slow-motion camera effect, which would allow users to record video at 120 frames-per-second (fps). While Apple has already announced that new APIs will allow developers to enable 60-fps video recording in third-party apps (pictured above), this new feature, discovered by 9to5Mac, will be different. Codenamed "Mogul," the purported slow-motion video effect will be built right into the iOS itself, much like Siri, and will offer iDevice owners the chance of recording video at 120-fps while on the go. Though the resolution of the slow-motion video captured is presently unknown, it has been suggested that the feature could launch as an iPhone 5S exclusive, at least to begin with. As with Siri's presence on the iPhone 4S, "Mogul" could be one of a number of factors designed to encourage customers to purchase Apple's mid term smartphone upgrade, rather than holding out for next year's anticipated iPhone 6. It would, of course, be a wise move for Apple to add 120-fps video recording to its iOS soon. Samsung's Galaxy S4, after all, indeed already boasts such a feature. In addition to the above, we've also heard that support for offline dictation, which would allow Apple's iOS to interpret speech without requiring an Internet connection, could also launch as an iPhone 5S exclusive, along with more general improvements to the handset's built-in camera. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Foxconn Hiring Spree Could Signal Mass Production Of Apple's Next-Gen iPhone, Bored Of Microsoft's Anti-iPad Ads Yet? Here's Another, and Eddy Cue Joins Tim Cook To Iron Out Content Issues At Sun Valley Conference.