Sensor-shift camera stabilization again said to be coming to all iPhone 13 models

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What you need to know

  • Apple will reportedly add sensor-shift camera stabilization to all iPhone 13 models.
  • The feature is currently only offered on iPhone 12 Pro Max.

After initially suggesting the idea back in January, DigiTimes is back again with another report saying that all iPhone 13 models will offer sensor-shift camera stabilization.

Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max is the only current model to offer the feature, making it a more capable camera particularly during motion or low light. But DigiTimes again believes that we can look forward to the same feature moving down the lineup this year.

The VCM makers mainly deliver shipments for Android handsets in the first half of the year, but such shipments are expected to be surpassed by those for iPhones in the second half, given that all new iPhones will feature the sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization) function, the sources said, adding that the makers have been told to raise capacity by 30-40% to meet strong demand for iPhones.

Apple called the iPhone 12 Pro Max's sensor-shift camera "a first for smartphones" when the device shipped late last year. That particular feature is what makes it the best iPhone for photographers and its arrival on all iPhone 13 models will be a very welcome one indeed.

That being said, this is a DigiTimes report so it's important we keep the outlet's spotty track record in mind here. While it does have plenty of hits to its name, there are just as many misses. Hopefully this report is one of the former rather than the latter!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.