“I believe there are at least two significant technologies that could drive new iPhone growth and its ecosystem that could, over time, significantly bring back healthy iPhone sales and help [Apple] expand their overall audience,” Tim Bajarin writes for Tech.pinions. “Each one could spur growth but, together, they could really take the iPhone up a couple of notches.”

“In China, I was shown a prototype of a smartphone with dual cameras and, by using the dual cameras, it took on a lot of DSLR features, including amazing digital zoom and special effects as well as more user controls,” Bajarin writes. “If this is the case and Apple puts dual cameras in new iPhones and makes an iPhone more like a DSLR, interest in that new iPhone could be huge and drive significant new sales in the next cycle.”

“At the moment, Apple has been silent on their VR plans but we know they have made recent hires focused on VR. Given Tim Cook’s recent comments that VR is something Apple sees as important in the future, I have no doubt Apple will eventually deliver some type of VR solution within the iOS and Mac ecosystem,” Bajarin writes. “However, Apple’s M.O. is not to be first but instead, monitor a new technology or market and, when ready, deliver a comprehensive, well thought out version of their own. They could leap frog competitors and make them the leader in a field even if they are late to the game. They did this with the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad and I suspect the same thing could happen with VR.”

Much more in the full article – highly recommended, as usualhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Dual cameras? Bring ’em on!

What do you think about VR? The Next Big Thing™, a gimmicky fad, or somewhere in-between?

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