iPhone 6 May Have an Optical Image Stabilization Feature, InvenSense Eyed as Supplier?

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By Jenille Cristy Maido | March 18, 2014 7:39 PM EST

iPhone 6 is a hot gadget in the mobile market. Despite strong anticipation for the Apple's new flagship, the device seems to be lacking when it comes to the camera feature. Thanks to the increasing levels of competition brought by Google Nexus 5, LG G2 and Nokia Lumia 1020, which all pack with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), future iPhone 6 users may have to enjoy a more powerful camera if Apple will execute the feature on the much-awaited smartphone.

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones are seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23.

InvenSense, a chipmaker and supplier of technologies used for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and optical image stabilization among others, is rumored to partner with Apple by supplying sensors for the upcoming iPhone 6. Though Apple did not confirm any deal yet, market shares of InvenSense reportedly rose and speculations continue to rise that the deal will be beneficial for iPhone 6.

"In our fiscal 2015, we are well positioned to enjoy a year-over-year rate of [revenue] growth similar to the past 2 fiscal periods of between 25% to 35%. This outlook opportunity excludes potential market share gains or losses," InvenSense CFO Allan Krock said in a report by The Motley Fool.

Also, if InvenSense could offer a better gyroscope for iPhone 6, increase of revenue will more likely to be secured for 2015.

Apple Have Their Own OIS Patent?

Apple currently offers a software-based image stabilization technology for iPhone 5s, but the tech giant is definitely continuing the research to improve the cameras of their smartphones without relying too much on suppliers.

Back in January 2014, a report surfaced claiming the iPhone 6 will sport an 8 MP camera alongside the publishing of a patent application for an OIS system. The patent is called "VCM OIS actuator module" published by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent outlines an OIS with improved AutoFocus capabilities.

With the technology at hand, it can be speculated that Apple may be using its own for the upcoming flagship product.

While all are yet to be confirmed, The Motley Fool theorizes that Apple may be interested to acquire the 6-axis integrated gyroscope and accelerometer chip that InvenSense offers to reduce some costs.

Why an OIS Matter?

Smartphones with optical image stabilization as the feature name suggests stabilize the image for a clearer and better looking photos or videos despite taking or recording them in moving environments. Even the slightest movements can affect image or video quality, and this is the OIS feature that it is trying to combat.

Samsung S5 did not apply this feature in its camera and if iPhone 6 will an OIS will surely be a huge added value for the benefit of the users.

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones are seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23.
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