Apple is expected to introduce upgraded ultrawide-angle lenses for the iPhone 13, per a new report. The lenses would feature sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization) and automatic focus (AF).
According to the report by DigiTimes, this sensor would only go towards higher-end models, ones with gross margins of at least 40%. This could mean that these new sensors would be reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Per DigiTimes, Japanese VCM (voice coil motor) suppliers have asked its Taiwan-based contractors to expand production by 40% by the end of June. Both Alps Alpine and Mizumi are the main suppliers for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Interestingly, the Taiwan-based manufacturers will only expand production to 80% of what’s demanded by both Alps Alpine and Mizumi in case orders end up being smaller than anticipated.
The expected increase in production will go towards rear cameras in iPhone models expected to launch in the latter half of 2021.
iPhone 13: What is sensor shift OIS?
Sensor shift OIS is a system in which the sensor itself is floating, allowing it to move counter to a person’s hand movements. This type of image stabilization comes in handy when taking zoomed photos, as every tiny movement is more pronounced. Sensor shift OIS was first introduced with the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s telephoto lens. With iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max, it seems that Apple plans on bringing this tech to the other sensors as well.
For the iPhone 13, it’s expected that sensor shift OIS will be on both the wide and ultrawide lenses. It’s uncertain if the same technology will touch the front-facing camera.
This aligns with a January report which suggested that the upcoming iPhone 13 would see sensor shift OIS trickle down to wide lenses on other iPhone 13 models as well. These lenses would also include autofocus.
Other rumors about the wide and ultrawide lenses have been trickling out over the past month. A big one was that the ultrawide lens on iPhone 13 will have a f/1.8 aperture as opposed to f/2.4. While the number is smaller, it means the aperture, or the amount of light that’s able to hit the sensor, is larger.