Dual-Camera System Said to Remain as Exclusive Feature to ‘High-End iPhones’

The dual-lens camera system introduced on the iPhone 7 Plus this year is expected to stay exclusive to Apple’s larger 5.5-inch handset in 2017, reports KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst issued a new research report on Friday, claiming that high costs and the need to differentiate high end iPhone models is likely to keep the feature Plus-only next year.

MacRumors passes along Kuo’s comments:
While an attractive addition for avid picture takers and professional photographers, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera is not a mass-market killer application yet. Along with its high cost (estimated at over US$30-40) and the necessity for Apple to enhance the added value of high-end iPhone models, we expect only high-end new iPhone models (30-40% of them) to have a dual-camera next year.

Note that for the dual- camera of iPhone 7 Plus, wide-angle CCM is equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) VCM, while telephoto CCM only comes with general VCM. We believe the focus of the dual-camera upgrade will be equipping telephoto CCM with OIS CCM, so as to significantly enhance optical and digital zoom quality.
Before now, rumors suggested that Apple would be implementing a dual-camera system across the 2017 iPhone lineup, meaning it would be available in the 4.7-inch variant as well. However, with the logic that Kuo is pointing out here, it seems more likely that Apple wold keep the dual-camera system in next year’s model, too. The OIS functionality was kept across two generations of iPhones, too, before finally making it to the iPhone 7 this year.

Are you planning on picking up the iPhone 7 Plus for the camera? 


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