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iPhone 7 Plus rumored to feature a dual-lens camera

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.

From MacRumors:

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.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

11 Comments
  • Why just the larger one? I prefer 4.7 because I can still use it with one hand, the larger 5.5 requires two hands to use.
  • Probably for the very size difference that exists between the two, more space to play with that feature, maybe more battery if needed. Same as the reason (according to what Ive read) why there is OIS in the + and not in the regular size one.
  • need to justify the larger price tage on the 5.5
  • I think this is it primarily
  • Because having features exclusively on the larger one brings more profit.
  • FRAGMENTATION Posted from my Nexus 6P
  • That would be Android that is fragmented not iPhone or iOS. Sent from the iMore App
  • I think it could be that it is a bit easier to cram in more components in the bigger body device than the smaller one. Posted via the iMore App
  • Ming Chi Kuo again..?? Ugh. The guy fancies himself an analyst when he's gotten 90 million recent of his "predictions" dead wrong. Why reblog this and give him an implied record that's better than that? Sent from the iMore App
  • **90 percent Sent from the iMore App
  • And...7s's 4.7 inch model has has the 7 plus' camera features? Sent from the iMore App