According to a new report by DigiTimes, Apple could use sensor-shift image stabilization technology in its 2020 iPhones, essentially bringing image stabilization to the ultra-wide lens on its flagship iPhone models (via MacRumors).
Currently, only the wide-angle and telephoto lenses on the iPhone 11 Pro feature optical image stabilization. But since the sensor-shift technology applies the stabilization to the camera sensor itself instead of the lens, the ultra-wide lens will also be able to support image stabilization.
Although the Taiwanese publication did not give out many details, sensor-shifting image stabilization in iPhones could also result in better photos with attachable lens accessories:
“The report backs rumors that the high-end 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones will each sport a triple-lens rear camera system with time-of-flight 3D sensing. Largan Precision is said to be the primary supplier of the lenses, fulfilling 80 percent of orders, with Genius Electric Optical picking up the remaining 20 percent.”
The report also claims that Taiwan’s ALPS will supply the motors for the sensor-shifting stabilization, whereas the CMOS image sensors will be provided by Sony.