The iPhone 7 Plus, the supposed 5.5-inch version of the iPhone due to arrive this fall, may bring a significant change to the camera setup with a new dual-lens camera system. A new report, which comes from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, also claims that Apple could add optical zoom to the cameras on the 7 Plus, and says that the company may sell both single- and dual-camera versions of the large phone.
To that end, Kuo expects a 2-3x optical zoom function to feature in Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. However, owing to supply chain constraints on dual-camera modules, the KGI analyst expects the larger handset to come in single-camera and dual-camera versions.
Both the zoom in particular and the dual-camera setup itself are said tobe made possible thanks to work from camera technology startup LinX, which Apple acquired last year. The startup worked on an algorithm for these features before its acquisition.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to debut later this year, and if Apple follows their pattern, they should do so around September. Not much has emerged about the phones, with most reports focusing on the idea of Apple abandoning the 3.5mm headphone jack.