If everything follows the usual release cadence we can expect Apple to announce the 2020 iPhone lineup in September, although there are definitely some questions surrounding that given the current coronavirus situation and what it could mean for mass manufacturing.
But whenever it’s announced, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that one model will get an important new photo feature.
Kuo, in a research note picked up by MacRumors, says that the 6.7-inch 2020 iPhone will come with new, larger sensors as well as sensor-shift image stabilization. That would allow for better images, especially those taken by the Ultra-Wide camera. That shooter doesn’t currently have optical stabilization, unlock the other lenses, so the addition of sensor-shift stabilization could make a difference to how many blurry shots we produce.
While details are slim, sensor-shift technology could bring image stabilization to the Ultra Wide lens on future iPhones, starting with the 6.7-inch model. iPhone 11 Pro models feature optical image stabilization for both photo and video, but only when using the Wide or Telephoto lenses. Sensor-shift technology would provide a solution for this, as the stabilization would apply to the camera sensor itself and not be dependant on any specific lens.
But it’s the larger sensors that could make the biggest improvement for most people. By using larger sensors Apple would be able to capture more light per image. That in turn would mean that low-light performance would be increased, something Apple has made great strides in with the release of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
(Top image: iPhone 12 concept in Navy Blue finish)
If Apple does have plans to release the iPhone 12 lineup this September it’s likely we will find some references to it in the first iOS 14 beta that will hopefully be made available to developers in June.
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