iPhone 7 Plus: Sony’s CFO Reveals When Dual-Cameras Will Take Off

iPhone 7 Plus: Sony’s CFO Reveals When Dual-Cameras Will Take Off
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For weeks, there have been rumors that this year’s iPhone 7 Plus would feature dual-camera systems. Rumors gained some credibility when the world’s most respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said last month that the company was working to launch a special version of iPhone 7 Plus with the dual-camera system. Kuo added that this special variant will be in short supply initially.

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iPhone 7 Plus: Sony's CFO Reveals When Dual-Cameras Will Take Off

Sony is Apple’s main supplier of camera sensors

Now Sony’s chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida says smartphones with dual-cameras will actually take off in 2017. During the company’s Q3 2015 earnings call, Yoshida told investors that the Japanese company was making dual-cameras for “major smartphone players.” Though he did not reveal the name of the companies, Sony is the main supplier of camera sensors to Apple.

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Yoshida’s statement adds weight to reports that Apple was testing iPhone 7 models with dual cameras. The iPhone maker may tap into technology from LinX, an Israeli startup it acquired last year, to bring dual cameras to the next-gen iPhones. LinX may also help Apple get rid of the protruding camera lens without affecting the picture quality. However, Yoshida said demand for high-end smartphones was slowing down, which may affect the demand or production schedule of dual-camera smartphones.

Dual-cameras in iPhone 7 Plus may trigger massive upgrades

The dual-camera system in the next iPhone could give customers a good reason to upgrade. This technology may boost image quality to match DSLR cameras, and offer better quality pictures in low-light conditions. Other improvements could include the optical zoom. Digitimes reports that several suppliers are sending dual-lens camera samples to the Cupertino company for testing. Though Taiwan-based Largan Technology is a major supplier of Apple’s smartphone cameras, Apple is seeking dual-lens cameras from other suppliers as well to lower risks.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be waterproof and dustproof. Recent rumors suggest that the upcoming smartphone will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, forcing customers to use Bluetooth or Lightning-compatible headphones. Removing headphone jack will also make it the slimmest iPhone ever.

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