A newly leaked image of what is claimed to be a redesigned rear camera module for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 suggests that the smaller 4.7-inch version of the smartphone could feature optical image stabilization along with other camera improvements.
Although previous reports said the smaller iPhone 7 could include image stabilization, the latest image of the camera module, obtained by French blog NowhereElse, apparently provides more concrete evidence for the new feature. The image shows an L-shaped flex cable, which is different from the ones found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, as well as their Plus variants.
The optical stabilization, which has so far been limited to the “Plus” versions of the iPhone, significantly reduces motion blur that helps the camera capture clearer images in action scenes and low lighting, Apple Insider reported, adding that a bigger camera module would be required to accommodate the new mechanism.
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According to iDownloadBlog, the addition of the optical image stabilization is indicated by the four cutouts around the package, which is expected to help the camera lens move slightly in all directions when the device is unstable.
In addition, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is also expected to come with a dual-camera system, which is likely to help the phone produce sharper photos in low-light conditions.
The iPhone 7 was also recently rumored to sport a significantly larger battery than the one in the iPhone 6s. And to accommodate the larger battery inside the new iPhone, Apple could eventually ditch the headphone jack. A video of an alleged iPhone 7 casing also recently surfaced online, suggesting that the new flagship smartphone may not have a headphone jack, leaving more space for other components to be featured.
If rumors are to be believed, Apple will unveil the iPhone 7 at an event on Sept. 7, and open up pre-orders on Sept. 9. When it comes to the specific launch date, both Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 are speculated to be potential options.