Analyst claims Apple may launch two variants of iPhone 7 Plus; top-end model to come with dual lens camera

Reliable analyst (if there is such a thing) Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities sent an interesting report to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

In it, he predicts that a new, premium edition of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus will be outfitted with a dual-lens system with optical image stabilization and optical zoom, realized through technology Apple obtained from last year’s acquisition of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging.

There is one big downside, though: KGI says this will be reserved for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, and not available on the smaller model. In fact, it may not even be available on all iPhone 7 Plus variants, with Apple expected to offer a high-end model that includes special camera features.

Another one of those features could be a dual-sensor system, which will use two cameras to deliver better images. One could provide optical image stabilization and a wide field of view, while the other could have a telephoto lens for a narrower field of view, KGI says.

Apple has been toying with the idea of dual cameras for a while, as demonstrated in various patents, and its acquisition of LinX, a company that specialized in building “miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices.”

It seems having multiple iPhone 7 Plus variants — plus a smaller iPhone 7, plus an even smaller ‘iPhone 5se‘ — could be incredibly confusing. It’s unlikely too many customers will be happy with having to pay a premium for a better camera, either.

In addition, Linx technology could also allow the next iPhone’s iSight camera to capture depth information that could be used for 3D image reconstruction.

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