Good news, mobile photography enthusiasts: Apple’s next big-screen iPhone may have a much better camera.
As reported by MacRumors, a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will give its so-called iPhone 7 Plus a “dual-lens” camera system. Kuo says Apple is actually working on two different versions of the 5.5-inch handset — one with the new dual-lens main camera and another with a single iSight shooter on the back.
The two cameras would likely work together to form a single high-quality image, rather than producing separate images or being used for 3D image capture. Kuo also believes the two-camera design might somehow enable optical zoom, allowing the phone to narrow its field of view without losing image quality.
One of the other interesting points in Kuo’s research note is that he says two versions of the iPhone 7 Plus are in development: one with a dual-camera system and one with a standard single camera on its back. That could mean that Apple still hasn’t decided if the dual-camera setup is ready to go to market, but Kuo seems to think that it might mean Apple will offer both configurations.
There will be “supply chain constraints” on the dual-camera modules, he predicts, and so Apple may opt to sell the dual-camera model as a more expensive option. Never doubt that Apple will pass up an opportunity to increase its average selling price, but this would be the first time that Apple has offered multiple hardware configurations for a specific model of phone (discounting storage and color, of course). It’s not as though supply chain constraints haven’t factored into iPhone launches before, and without leading to multiple models.