Apple analysts predict that, by 2018, dual-lens camera setups could become the standard across most iPhone models, according to a new report.
That prediction comes from notable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Apple is expected to adopt optical image stabilization in its dual-lens cameras across next year’s flagship release. Building off a previous report, KGI still believes that Cupertino will release three iPhone models in fall 2017: a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model with LCD displays, and another 5.2-inch model with an OLED display. The 5.2-inch OLED model is largely expected to have dual-lens camera setup with optical image stabilization.
Kuo believes that image quality and optical zoom will both improve as a result of the new camera modules. And although the 4.7-inch 2017 iPhone will mostly likely retain a single-lens camera, KGI expects that it will still incorporate optical image stabilization.
But Cupertino still has to overcome some hurdles in adopting the technology. For example, the company still needs to figure out how to increase the image circle of the camera’s telephoto lens without leading to more complex and cumbersome calibration and assembly processes. In addition, a larger image circle would likely reduce the image quality around the corners of photos, so Apple may need to completely redesign the telephoto lens itself to compensate, MacRumors reported.
If KGI is right, then adoption of dual-lens setups is likely to increase among iPhone users. About 10 to 15 percent of iPhone owners in 2016 have devices with dual-lens setups. That number could reach 80 to 85 percent by the end of 2018. Apple manufacturing partner Largan Precision is expected to remain the primary supplier of the dual-lens camera modules, according to AppleInsider.
Cupertino is already moving toward adopting more complicated and improved camera technology in its handhelds. The iPhone 7’s six-element lens and 12-megapixel sensor offers 60 percent faster shutter speeds and a 30 percent boost in energy efficiency, according to Apple.