Dual Camera Said to Be Exclusive to 5.5-Inch iPhone 7

iPhone-7-Plus-dual-camerasDual cameras will be exclusive to Apple's next-generation 5.5-inch iPhone, according to a new research note issued by respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

New iPhone shipments to be capped by similar form factor as iPhone 6s & 6s Plus; top hardware upgrade is dual-camera (5.5-inch model only), though many competing models with dual-camera will launch soon, joining others already on the market; first impressions could underwhelm.

Rumors surrounding dual-camera iPhones have gained momentum since January, when Kuo said that Apple has both single- and dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus models in development. Recent reports have been unclear, however, about whether the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will also have dual cameras.

Leaks surrounding the rumored dual cameras have been limited to a blurry photo of the purported iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone Pro?) and a possible dual-lens module appropriate for the 5.5-inch smartphone. Apple reportedly received dual-lens camera samples from suppliers for testing purposes in February.

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LinX Technology multi-aperture camera modules

The rumored camera improvements have been linked to Apple's acquisition of LinX Technology, which could lead to "DSLR-quality" photos on iPhones. LinX's multi-aperture cameras are also smaller sized than single-aperture cameras, meaning the iPhone 7 Plus could have a slightly less protruding camera lens.

LinX camera modules have a number of other benefits, including 3D depth mapping, better color accuracy and uniformity, ultra HDR, low noise levels, higher resolution, low costs, zero shutter lag, and a compact design that allows for edge-to-edge displays. A recent video demo provides a good overview of dual-camera technology.

Apple recently patented a dual-camera system consisting of one standard wide-angle lens, similar to what is found in the latest iPhones, and a second telephoto lens capable of capturing zoomed-in video and photos. In a recent video, we visualized what the interface could look like on future iOS devices.


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Top Rated Comments

d0minick Avatar
66 months ago
what a mistake. the fragmentation is nasty. that 5.5 is WAY to large for active people.

My 4.7 even feels slightly large but i've come to enjoy it. Works for business and is comfortable enough during gym sessions and jogs. But fragmenting it with something so important as the camera is such a mistake.

Apples move and im sure i won't hurt them as a departing customer, but if the S8E builds off of the S7, that'll be my next phone.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BlankSlate Avatar
66 months ago
Ideally, the only difference between the 7 and 7 Plus should be the screen size.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
garylapointe Avatar
66 months ago
It's one thing to have two models of the same size. But if people have to buy a specific size to get a specific feature, I think that's a bad idea...

They have that right now with the image stabilization and I wish it wasn't so.

Leave dual cameras OFF the 16GB models and add it to the $100 more models with more storage (could probably do the same with the 4k. They could call it the iPhone Pro...

Gary
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
66 months ago
While y'all complain about the 5.5-inch iPhone having dual cameras, I am more concerned about Apple not shrinking the ridiculous bezel!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
66 months ago
The size of the 6s is my limit. I refuse to go any bigger.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
garylapointe Avatar
66 months ago
Could be due to limitations, maybe the dual camera simply doesn't fit in the 4.7 inch iPhone.
Or it could be that Apple is trying to keep the "plus" meaningful, I don't know!
I'm personally going to skip the iPhone 7 no matter what it has, I will wait for 2017.
Make it fit. Just don't make the phone so thin to sacrifice features.

Gary
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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