While iPhone 7 is widely expected to have only a few selling features to offer and if the sheer number of rumors are to be believed, the dual-camera system will be making its way into of the new iPhone models launching this year.
Chris Chang, an analyst of the investment bank Nomura Securities notes that Sony won’t be able to create enough dual-camera lens system for the iPhone 7 Plus. He mentions the following two reasons:
We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the April earthquake in Kumamoto.
As a result of these issues, Apple is reportedly in talks with LG to supply the required units of a dual-camera lens system for Apple’s upcoming iPhone model. If the report turns out to be true, the folks over at LG would the leading supplier of the dual-camera system for the iPhone, which would indeed be a big win for LG’s manufacturing arm.
The analyst, in his note, also claims that Apple will be adding the optical image stabilization to both the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus. If this turns out to be true, it’d be the first time in Apple’s history that the smaller sibling of iPhone models will be getting OIS. To date, Apple has only made OIS available in the larger iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6s Plus only. If we consider the dual-lense camera system making its way only into the iPhone 7 Plus, the OIS availability in the smaller iPhone 7 makes perfect sense.
One interesting part found in the note is that Nomura Securities and Citi Research believe that the dual camera system will be available in all the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models launching this year. Some reports suggested that Apple could launch an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and an iPhone 7 Pro (with dual camera system) later this year.
Trusted analysts Ming-Chi Kuo of the KGI securities believe that the dual camera system will only be available on 5.5-inch iPhone variant, which will also feature 3GB of RAM and that there will only be one 5.5-inch iPhone variant.