Without a doubt, the iPhone 4S takes stunning photos. So you must be wondering by now if you can install the 8 megapixel camera lens on your iPhone 4?
Well, I got my hands dirty by purchasing an iPhone 4S camera lens.
At a first glance they look 95% identical – the overall size, design, and even the connector that goes to the logic board.
I was able to attach the camera without any issue on an iPhone 4. The phone boots up normally.
However, when launching the Camera app, the virtual shutter was stuck in a closed position.
Even after jailbreaking it (iOS 5) the shutter still wouldn’t open. I also tried with different apps that use the camera lens but to no avail.
This means Apple had already thought about this when they were building the prototype of iPhone 4S. It’s further reflecting Apple’s typical ‘closed system’ and they’re really not leaving any stone unturned. I also suspect that the new lens is utilizing an updated device driver that checks the hardware to determine if it’s an iPhone 4S or otherwise. Advanced programmers should be able to figure this out, right? :)
Well, I hope this information will give hackers a head start to make iPhone 4S’ superb 8-megapixel camera lens compatible for the iPhone 4.