“The iPhone 7 won’t be remembered for being the first iPhone without a dedicated headphone jack. Instead, we will look back at this year’s flagship iPhone as the starting point of Apple’s major push into augmented reality. The two cameras that make up the dual-camera system found in the iPhone 7 Plus are a pair of ‘smart eyes’ that will alter the way we use an iPhone,” Neil Cybart writes for Above Avalon. “As wearable devices become proactive assistants monitoring a greater portion of our daily routines, the iPhone will be positioned as the most powerful piece of glass for hundreds of millions of people.”

“I have been using a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus since launch. Without question, it is an upgrade from my iPhone 6s Plus. The three new features that have stood out include stereo speakers, a more expansive rollout of haptic feedback, and the dual-camera system,” Cybart writes. “The dual-camera system found in the iPhone 7 Plus is a game changer. With a wide-angle 28mm lens and a telephoto 56mm lens, an iPhone now has 1x wide angle, 2x optical zoom, and software zoom up to 10x. After a few days of use, I’m confident in saying 2x optical zoom by itself would classify as a worthy iPhone upgrade for many iPhone users.”

Apple.com's introductory image for "iPhone 7" is the top rear of the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus model featuring its dual-camera and Quad-LED True Tone flash

The top rear of the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus model featuring its dual-camera and Quad-LED True Tone flash

“In addition to optical zoom, the dual-camera system is capable of a few other items with much more important long-term implication,” Cybart writes. “The iPhone 7 Plus is capable of producing a depth-of-field effect using machine learning. This serves as the foundation for turning the iPhone into an augmented reality device. By turning the iPhone into an augmented reality device, Apple will be positioning the iPhone as the most powerful piece of glass in our lives…”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone 7 Plus is simply one to the most impressive products Apple has ever produced.

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Apple granted patent for display-based speakers for iOS devices – January 13, 2015
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]