A lot of components go into making an iPhone, and one of those components is the voice coil motor (VCM), something that Apple is reportedly making use of a lot this year because of the planned camera upgrades to the iPhone 13.
This is according to DigiTimes Asia, which claims that Apple is increasing VCM orders this month, and will continue to increase them until July, with the total number of VCMs for Apple hardware apparently being used across Android devices this year. The number is set to match.
So why does Apple need so many VCMs? The popularity of its phones doesn’t account for this, as the company is apparently ordering more than usual. Rather, sources speaking to DigiTimes claim that it is down to an upgrade to the camera module and 3D sensor for Face ID.
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This is the first time we’ve heard of improvements to Face ID, but various camera upgrades are to be expected. While this report doesn’t name any specific upgrades the VCM will help with, we’ve heard before that they can be used for sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization) on the entire iPhone 13 range.
It’s a feature that’s been exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max in Apple’s phones so far, and will allow the sensor to move in response to camera shake, to deliver blur-free shots. This is in contrast to the image stabilization used by most phones, which instead moves the lens, and is generally less effective.
It’s worth noting that a VCM can also be used for a periscope camera (which usually allows long-range zoom), but this is not specifically mentioned in this report, and when a There are rumors of an iPhone with periscope cameras, so we don’t expect that this year.
Of course, we’ll take all this with a pinch of salt, but based on various rumors it certainly seems that there are several camera upgrades planned for the iPhone 13.
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