A fresh report citing “industry observers” claims that Apple has a big change in store for next year’s iPhones. Certain 5G models of the 2020 iPhone, claims the report, will come with sensor-shift stabilization instead of the lens-based OIS that’s currently being used.
The report was published by Digitimes and it does not get specific about who its sources where and how they came about this information, but the news has already been picked up by several major tech publications online.
Current iPhones use lens-based optical image stabilization, often choosing to stabilize some of the cameras but not others. The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro’s ultra-wide angle lens, for instance, is not stabilized. Sensor-shift stabilization—usually referred to as in-body image stabilization, or IBIS, when we’re talking about interchangeable lens cameras—has yet to make its way into smartphones.
In cameras like the Nikon Z7 or Sony a7 III, IBIS allows for 5-axes of stabilization instead of the 2-axis stabilization provided by in-lens implementations. We’re not sure if this would translate into sensor-based stabilization tech on smartphones, but we won’t complain about any further optical improvement of what is already a very capable camera.
Apple is expected to make some major changes to next year’s iPhones, including a boxier iPhone 4-like design, removing the notch, and potentially removing all ports (yup, even the charging port). It stands to reason that a major redesign would include some changes to the camera module as well.