All next-generation iPhones, expected to be unveiled in September, will receive sensor-shift stabilization. So far, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a similar camera device. It is reported by DigiTimes Asia with reference to the supply chain.

The assumption put forward by the publication is based on orders for voice coil motors. They are necessary both for autofocusing and for compensating sensor movements.

Apple has several suppliers of voice coil motors at once: Japanese Mitsumi and Alps are already working with the company, supplying such a motor for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. To scale up production, Apple began partnering with other manufacturers such as Taiwan’s Audix and Chinese companies Zhonglan Electronic Technology, JCT Electronics, and GYZ Electronic Technology.

Compare cameras iPhone 12 Pro Max (left) and iPhone 12 Pro (right). In addition to the fact that the 12 Pro Max itself has a larger sensor, it also needs space to compensate for movement. Source: JerryRigEverything

What kind of matrix stub in general?

In total, there are several different types of stabilization. There are software and hardware solutions.

The soft solution is electronic stabilization, it works when shooting video. Using the GPU, the smartphone analyzes each frame of the video and compensates for the shaking by framing the picture.

Hardware solutions include optical and matrix stabilization. Both compensate for hand micromovements by shifting the main structural elements of the chamber.

Optical stabilization uses optics compensation, that is, the camera lenses constantly move relative to the body. With matrix stabilization, the matrix itself is already displaced. Arseny compared the cameras of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 11 Pro Max and did not really notice the difference:

However, matrix stabilization is considered to be a more advanced solution. But this technology requires much more space, since the matrix itself needs to move somewhere.

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