iPhone 7 Plus may not get dual-lens camera after all


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The iPhone 7's dual-lens camera could be a game changer.
Photo: Martin Hajek

Buying the iPhone 7 Plus might not be as big an upgrade as some Apple fans were hoping for this fall.

Apple has allegedly decided to scrap plans to include a dual-lens camera sensor on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus, according to the latest rumor from China that claims the tech isn’t quite ready.

iPhone maker replaces half its factory workers with robots

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Tim Cook meeting with (human) Foxconn workers.
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Apple manufacturer Foxconn has been talking about investing in robots for years now, but apparently it’s finally done it — replacing more than half of the employees at one of its factories with machines.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots,” said a government official, adding that “it has tasted success in reduction of labour costs” and that more companies are now likely to follow suit.

iPhone 7 production orders may far exceed expectations

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iPhone manufacturing might not be experiencing quite the cold snap we think it is.
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What decline? Apple watchers may be viewing 2016 as the year iPhone numbers finally fall off, but that doom narrative is contradicted by a new report suggesting that Apple has placed far higher than expected numbers for iPhone 7 production for this year.

Apple adds second supplier for iPhone 7 Plus

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Apple is expanding its number of iPhone suppliers.
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Apple has reportedly added Wistron as a supplier for its upcoming next-gen iPhone 7 Plus: the 5.5-inch handset we’re expecting to arrive this September.

Although the companies in question haven’t officially confirmed it, Wistron and Foxconn are said to be sharing orders for the plus-sized phone, while Pegatron and Foxconn will split orders for the smaller-size 4.7-inch iPhone 7.