Trusted KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a new note to investors that the dual camera system will be exclusive to Apple’s larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7.
Rumors related to an upcoming iPhone model with dual camera system gained momentum since January, when Kuo said that Apple is working on both single and dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus models. However, it the reports remains unclear whether the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will also get the dual camera system or not.
Leaks could only provide blurry photos of the purported iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone Pro?) with dual camera system and that only the 5.5-inch variant will be getting dual cameras. According to reports, Apple received samples of dual-camera from suppliers back in February for testing purposes.
With the launch of Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S7 series, iPhones are now really trailing Android smartphones in camera performance. It’s time for Apple to step up its game in this regard and a dual-camera system might just be the right strategy for the company in order to reclaim its crown as the smartphone with best camera performance.
Apple is expected to bring these camera improvements due to its acquisition of LinX Technology, which could add “DSLR-quality” photos too Apple’s smartphones. LinX’s multi-aperture cameras are also smaller in size as compared to single-aperture camera, which could lead to slightly less protruding camera lens on iPhone 7 Plus.
Kuo also notes that Android manufacturers launching their devices before iPhone 7 will also introduce dual camera in their new devices, but their first impressions will be underwhelming. A recent patent filed by Apple reveals a dual-camera system consisting of one standard wide-angle lens just like any other iPhone currently available, and a second second camera lens capable of capturing zoomed in photos and videos.
iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to sport a thinner and waterproof design. Apple is also said to be ditching 3.5mm audio jack from its smartphones and will use Lightning port instead.