The iPhone 5s still offers one of the best cameras on the smartphone market, but it lacks one feature photographers have been clamoring for: optical image stabilization, or OIS for short. The hardware technology, which is in use on other smartphones including the HTC One (M7) and the LG G2, allows you to shoot clear photos even while moving around, like while riding in a bumpy car. Several rumors have suggested that Apple was going to add OIS to its iPhone 6, but now a fresh report out of China says it’s going to take advantage of a different technology.
Apple will instead opt for electronic image stabilization, or EIS, according to an analyst out of China who posted the rumor on Weibo. Electronic image stabilization would rely on software to clean up any blurring in an image, instead of hardware technology that OIS relies on to create better photos. That may raise some concern for folks who prefer to rely on hardware for image stabilization, since software doesn’t typically work as well. Still, Apple hasn’t really let anyone down with its cameras in the past, it can easily add OIS if it wants to, and it’s probably adding EIS for a reason. Maybe it has a really solid algorithm that allows for quicker shooting?
For now this is just a rumor that originated from Sun Chang Xu, an analyst with ESM-China, and we really don’t know which way Apple is going to move with its camera. The iPhone 6 is expected sometime in September, but we may start to hear more about what type of camera to expect as leaks spill out ahead of that date.
Japanese business newspaper Nikkei reports that Apple’s iPhone 6 will launch as early as this September. The paper essentially regurgitates every rumor we’ve heard up until this point, saying there could potentially be two sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, and that manufacturers have already started production. Nothing of real substance is added to the rumor mill […]
Of the many iPhone 6 concepts that have surfaced recently, this one takes the cake. Designer Martin Hajek is at it again, this time working with NoWhereElse.fr, and he created a concept based on alleged schematics for the new iPhone that surfaced recently. Hajek carries over the industrial design that we see on the current iPad mini […]
Voice-over-LTE, or VoLTE, has been talked about for quite some time by wireless carriers, though it still isn’t offered nationwide by any of the big U.S. wireless operators. That’s expected to change this year as AT&T and Verizon roll-out VoLTE support — which uses the LTE data network for voice calls, as opposed to older […]
Yesterday we got a look at what appeared to be the molding Apple will use to manufacture the iPhone 6, and today a new photo has leaked online allegedly showing off the upcoming smartphone’s battery. The picture, which was obtained and published by French site NoWhereElse.fr, suggests that the iPhone 6 could be redesigned from the […]