The world’s most respected Apple analyst has made yet another prediction about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 Plus. The Cupertino company is expected to launch the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus later this year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note to investors that there will be a premium version of the premium iPhone 7 Plus. And this special version will have a dual-camera system based on LinX technology.
A special version of iPhone 7 Plus for pro photographers
Rumors of an iPhone with the dual-camera system have been doing rounds since last year when Apple acquired Israeli startup LinX Imaging for $20 million. In June 2015, LinX showed off its first multi-aperture cameras for smartphones. The iPhone 7 Plus could benefit from LinX in a variety of ways, including multiple sensors of smaller sizes that could eliminate the need for a protruding camera lens.
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Using two distinct lenses would allow Apple to collect more image data to create much better quality photos. Kuo told investors that the special version of the iPhone 7 Plus will also feature an optical zoom with 2-3x magnification. The KGI Securities analyst made it clear that the dual-camera system will not appear in the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 or the standard 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
The dual-camera iPhone 7 will have a higher price tag
The feature will be reserved for a special version of 7 Plus that will have a higher price tag than the standard 7 Plus. One of the cameras will support a wide field of view and optical image stabilization, while the second one is a telephoto lens with a narrower field of view. The analyst said the dual-camera system will capture images from both cameras and then use LinX algorithms to combine them into a final image for users to see.
KGI Securities noted that the premium dual-camera variant of iPhone 7 Plus will be in short supply initially. So, it will account for only 25% to 35% of the total iPhone 7 Plus shipments in 2016. Earlier, Kuo predicted that the Cupertino company would ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack to reduce the thickness of its next-gen phone to just 6-6.5mm.