The iPhone 8 may be getting a major update in the camera department when it comes out in 2017. As per a research note written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to add support for dual optical image stabilization (OIS) in its next flagship series.
To recap, the current iPhone 7 Plus’ twin snapper system only carries OIS in the wide-angle lens and not the telephoto one. Kuo believes Apple is going to redesign the latter to enable support for the skill. He expects the change will result in better photo quality and optical zoom range.
Kuo thinks Apple is attempting to add OIS to the telephoto lens to enhance the selling points of the iPhone 8. However, he claims the brand will face a couple of challenges in doing so. One concerns the need to enlarge the image circle of the unit and the other involves revamping it since a bigger image circle results in degraded photo quality all around the corners.
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Apple is expected to stick with Largan Precision as its exclusive supplier of 6P and telephoto lens. The refreshed dual camera system with dual OIS is expected to grace only the OLED and 5.5-inch iPhone 8, with the 4.7-inch variant continuing with its current single shooter module.
Interestingly, Kuo thinks the OLED iPhone will have a 5.8-inch panel with an actually usable active display area of between 5.1-inch and 5.2-inch. Mysteriously, he says this has been done for specific design purposes. This could be an indication of a curved or wraparound display as previously rumored.