Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple iPhone 7 Plus to offer innovative dual-camera configuration

“Apple’s next-generation, jumbo-size iPhone is expected to come in a dual-camera configuration — with optical image stabilization and zoom — achieved through technology procured from last year’s LinX acquisition, according to well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“In a note to released to investors on Wednesday, and subsequently obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo said he expects Apple to continue the trend started with iPhone 6 and launch two new models in 2016. With one catch,” Campbell reports. “While the 4.7-inch ‘iPhone 7′ will feature the usual iSight rear-facing shooter, the analyst believes Apple is prepping two 5.5-inch “iPhone 7 Plus” variants, one with a single imager and another sporting a dual-camera design for increased flexibility.”

“Apple was indeed looking to include the exotic tech in iPhone 6s, though early technological bottlenecks in compact camera module algorithms and assembly precluded its incorporation in a shipping product, Kuo said,” Campbell reports. “For its first foray into dual-CCM imaging, Apple is expected to source hardware from longtime supplier Sony. Both of the iPhone 7 Plus’ CCMs will be 12 megapixel compact image sensors (CIS), one supporting optical image stabilization and a wider field of view, while the other will come loaded for bear with a 2-3x telephoto lens… Like past cutting-edge iPhone advancements, the upcoming dual-camera system will likely be in short supply.”

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  1. Just give us the dual camera and ignore the silly idea of two 5.5″ models. This model creap thing is going to confuse things.

    It will be like the 1990’s all over again. Not saying things will suck. But it’s just easier to choose when there’s less to choose from.

    1. This. Was a bit torn by the optical image stabilization only being available in the 6 Plus and 6s Plus, but didn’t like its size or the higher price.

      End result: deadlock. Would’ve waited for the next-gen iPhone 7, except the falling exchange rate here forced my hand… and I went with the 6s.

      1. People’s feelings about Apple, then and now are the same. Then, Apple had too many products and they had problems. Apple we want rock solid products in the end, if Apple’s attention is spread too thin, regardless of the size of the company, things will get lost. People will get ignored. We see it already. The vision is to be different than the rest. Apple is not HP or Dell or Samsung. They do not need a model for every which way. They need a tight structure and focus on innovation. Don’t make us choose between fine details of greatness or disdain. Give us the best every time and we will buy their products again and again. The iPad is showing some of this. Don’t do it to the flagship iPhone.

    2. I agree…just release one option only of the 7 plus, with the more advanced camera. Don’t confuse the market. And remember, most Apple customers want the better model anyway. Remember when Apple had the 5c and the 5s…consumers preferred the more expensive 5s by a wide margin.

      No need to confuse the customer with too many models. Keep it simple…that’s always worked.

    1. I wish people wouldn’t use the term 3D when images are captured with two lenses side by side. It’s a stereoscopic picture. You only see the 3D effect in the horizontal axis. There is no 3D information in the vertical axis. View a 3D television image of something reasonably close to the camera, if you move your head from side to side, you can get the impression of peeping around objects, but if you move your head up or down, you can’t peep over or under anything.

      I would imagine that with a stereoscopic iPhone imaging system, you would see the typical “3D” effect if you orientate the iPhone in landscape mode, but in portrait orientation, you would get a strange 3D effect in the vertical axis as the two lenses will be one above the other but their images would be displayed as though they had been side by side.

      Hopefully the iPhone would inhibit stereoscopic images in portrait orientation, but the fact that video is able to be recorded in portrait mode suggests that it will be left to the user.

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