I'm expecting a certain degree of hate because of the title for this article, but hear me out first.
A company called Anker who are better known for their portable charges has very recently unveiled the first every MFI certified iPhone flash. This means that we now have the very first natively supported external flash for the iPhone. This may seem like it's not a big deal especially considering all of the other lighting accessories currently on the market. The difference however is that this is now natively supported with both hardware and software on the iPhone. We may start to see more companies and even more experienced companies producing natively supported lighting equipment for the iPhone. This in my mind does provide huge potential for the iPhone when it comes to producing better quality images.
The iPhone is the most used camera in the world and although I don't think it's going to take over professional use anytime soon or maybe even ever, it is still filling a certain gap. Point and shoot cameras have pretty much become a thing of a past now and more people would rather shoot with their smartphones instead. The other thing to consider is that smartphone cameras have been improving in quality by significant degrees year on year. This is not the same for professional cameras and with continued improvements to computational photography, the gap between smartphones and pro cameras could close enough that it matters. Once again, I highly doubt that smartphone cameras could take over any professional ground anytime soon; however, the enthusiast market could be up for grabs.
I'd love to know your thoughts on this. Do you think this could open doors for people to shoot with better quality lights with their smartphones?