Apple’s iPhone 6S is already known to have one of the highest-quality smartphone cameras on the market, and, if recently leaked pictures prove to be legitimate, it seems like the company is working to make an even more impressive camera for the upcoming iPhone 7.
Apple just recently previewed updates to the operating system that powers their mobile devices, iOS, at the WWDC 2016 conference. The company showed off iOS 10, as well as new versions of OS X, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. Developers are already working on updates to their apps in order to take full advantage of the new software once it is released. Users can expect the final versions to be released in the fall and most likely in September, when the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro.
iPhone 7 – Improved and redesigned iPhone cameras
With Apple’s annual September iPhone event quickly approaching, new details regarding the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro have surfaced. Images show the 4.7-inch smartphone will have a larger, protruding rear camera, while the 5.5-inch variant will include an enhanced, dual lens camera.
The photos corroborate with previous rumors that said the dual-camera system would only be available on the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/Pro model. There appears to be about a centimeter gap between the two lenses, which are both enclosed in an oval-shaped component that protrudes from the back of the device slightly.
The smaller 4.7-inch model will also be receiving a camera upgrade, according to the newest leaked photos. The lens is substantially larger than the camera on 6S models, and it seems that the entire camera component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device.
In 2015, Apple purchased the Israeli camera company LinX, which makes a multi-lens camera system and depth-gauging technology. This purchase has led to speculation the Apple plans to incorporate the company’s camera technology into new phone models.
Leaked photos show more details
Additionally, the images detail a lack of horizontal antenna lines on the back of the phone, a feature that has been present for several years now. The antenna has now reportedly been redesigned and is now present only at the chassis edges.
Details about the upcoming phones have been leaking to the internet quite frequently now, and much of the latest information backs up previous reports. Both models of the upcoming phones are expected to be the first Apple phones to ship without a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, instead shipping with new earbuds that utilize a Lightning adapter port. Apple will also ship a Lightning adapter that will allow users to use their current headphones.
As is usual, the validity of these images, sourced from somewhat questionable Chinese websites, should always be taken with a grain of salt. However, the images do match with much of the rumor mill consensus regarding the upcoming devices and are likely close to being accurate. By the end of the month, Apple manufacturers will have committed to mass-production of the device, so design details are highly unlikely to change going forward.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro are expected to be officially announced by Apple later this year, most likely in September. The new cameras will most certainly be one of the top features on the new phones, as major external designs don’t seem to have changed very much.
Readers can expect to hear more and more about the upcoming smartphones as we get closer to September and the devices’ release date.