New Patent Suggests iPhone 6 Will Boast Optical Image Stabilization

(Credit: Unwiredview)

(Credit: Unwiredview)

A new patent filing suggests that Apple might be looking to integrate optical image stablization into its new iPhones.

The feature would help improve overall camera performance by allowing for better low-light imaging, while also stablilizing the image to avoid shaking.

Apple’s patent was originally filed in October 2012, and describes a method for image stablization in which voice coil motor actuators are used to let the camera lens move around the optical axis: also providing improved auto-focus.

While it’s too soon to know for sure (and Apple patents don’t necessarily end up as on-the-shelf products) it is a distinct possibly that optical image stabilization will feature in the iPhone 6 when it eventually arrives.

And with the increasing emphasis on smartphone cameras (and Cult of Mac‘s own proclamation that 2013 was the year the iPhone got good enough to be your only camera), it wouldn’t a moment too soon.

  • Samir Shah

    iPhone 6 and iPad Pro SHOULD have 4K recording and playback functionality.

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