It looks more and more as it’s only the 5.5-inch Plus version of the iPhone or the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone Pro1 that will get a dual camera. The respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says: ”New iPhone shipments to be capped by similar form factor as iPhone 6s & 6s Plus; top hardware upgrade is dual-camera (5.5-inch model only)”.
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Personally I think the dual camera will be a new multi-camera lens module from LinX technology that Apple has acquired. They can make up to four lenses into one camera module.
I started reporting about that Apple bought the company LinX imaging over a year ago, and their technology would make it possible to fit a dual camera module into a very thin device, that adds up to 8x optical zoom and much better image quality, less noise and much sharper image. In fact the technology makes it possible to have a module with up to 4 camera lenses in one camera module that is thinner in size than todays iPhone 6s camera module. It would mean that the iPhone 7 could have a much better camera with optical zoom that will not protrude on the back.
So I believe we will see an iPhone with a a dual camera this year. It doesn’t sound right that it’s only the Plus version that will get it though, but Apple did the same thing with optical image stabilization with the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus too. So there is a possibility that Apple will do the same with a dual camera lens. By doing so, they are getting more people buying the more expensive model of the iPhone.
Hopefully will the iPhone 7 Plus be thinner and lighter. Because I actually think that the iPhone 6s plus is a bit thick and heavy. I prefer my devices as thin and light as possible.
Personally a dual camera is not enough for me to upgrade from my iPhone 6s plus this year. So hopefully it will have some more cool stuff. Even if Ming-Chi Kuo says that the design will have similar form factor as the iPhone 6s.
Apple can get rid of the protruding camera with LinX technology:
- I don’t like to call it iPhone 7 Plus because I believe Apple will get rid of the numbers in the names. We will have iPhone, iPhone Plus and eventually the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone Pro. ↩︎