Analysts believe optical image stabilization could differentiate 5.5-inch iPhone 6

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With reports swirling that Apple will reportedly launch two new iPhones this year, the idea that Apple would differentiate the two with something other than the obvious display size is not new. A pair of analysts have added fuel to the fire.

With each new iPhone release, there’s always something that really sets the new device apart from the previous generation. It’s generally features, which Apple uses to incentivize potential customers to upgrade to the newest model, rather than sticking with what they have. It’s a tendency that seems to work for the Cupertino-based company, considering how many new models they sell every year. This year is reportedly not going to be any different.

A new report from Pacific Crest Solutions, based on predictions from analysts John Vinh and Kevin Chen, suggests that the new feature could be tied to the camera. This time around it could be optical image stabilization, and it could apparently just be installed in the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

From the report:

We believe the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 smartphone camera will support optical image stabilization (OIS) and anticipate that it will represent one of several opportunities at Apple that will benefit InvenSense. In our analysis, we believe Apple chose to only include OIS camera technology in the larger iPhone 6 given that there is still a significant cost premium ($4 to $5) over standard auto focus solutions and that it provides a point of differentiation between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the step-up model (5.5-inch).

The obvious difference between the pair of devices, and what many would believe to be enough to make the purchase decision easier, would be the display sizes. However, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to find that Apple has indeed included a “bonus” feature into the larger handset. Of course, considering how many people reportedly want the larger iPhone, compared to the smaller 4.7-inch rumored model, it may be the other device that needs the boost of an extra feature.

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[via Barrons]