iPhone’s dual-lens camera may get stabilization upgrade next year

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Next year's dual-lens camera will get a big upgrade.
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The dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is set to get a big stabilization upgrade next year.

While Apple only added optical image stabilization to the wide-angle lens on the camera this year, a new report claims that Apple plans to bring the feature to the telephoto lens in 2017.


The new iPhone rumor comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who is regarded as one of the most accurate Apple soothsayers.

In a new note to investors, Kuo says the addition should provide a nice boost to image quality and optical zoom range. But it won’t be easy to implement.

Double stabilization

“We expect the telephoto lens will be redesigned to support OIS in the telephoto CCM, with challenges likely coming from: (1) the need to increase the image circle of the telephoto lens, which will lead to longer calibration time and a more complex assembly processes; and (2) a redesign of the telephoto lens, as an increased image circle will result in degraded photo quality around the corners,” said Kuo.

Previous rumors claimed the dual-lens camera will remain an exclusive feature of Apple’s Plus-sized iPhones. Kuo thinks Apple will release three different iPhone variants in 2017. Two of them will pack LCD screens while the third will come with an OLED display.

With the new dual-lens camera, iPhone 7 Plus owners can use a new Portrait mode to take photos with a blurred background that emphasizes the subject. Portrait Mode is still in beta and was just made available to the public last month.