“KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent a note out to clients claiming that Apple will introduce not one but two variants of its next-generation Plus iPhone, which will likely be called the iPhone 7 Plus,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “The highest-end variant is said to come with a new dual-lens camera setup, which should allow for dramatically improved image quality and potentially even some interesting features like optical zoom. Although Kuo’s track record is quite good, which means that this report is likely accurate, it gained significant credibility over the last couple of weeks.”
“Apple camera sensor supplier Sony had some interesting commentary around the timing of the adoption of dual-lens cameras,” Eassa writes. “‘For next year, our so-called dual lens — dual camera — platform will be launched by, we believe, from major smartphone players,’ said Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony’s chief financial officer. Yoshida went on to say that ‘the real start, the takeoff of smartphone [sic] with dual lens camera will be in the year of 2017.'”
“Once Kuo spilled the beans on Apple’s plans, IT news website DIGITIMES chimed in with a report that corroborated and added further color to Kuo’s comments,” Eassa writes. “In particular, DIGITIMES says that a number of camera lens vendors, including Largan Technology (which reportedly provides Apple with lenses for more than 60% of its iDevice cameras), as well as Japan- and China-based vendors, ‘have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: The next iPhone’s camera is going to be unparalleled.