You may not have to pay extra for a high-end iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera after all. According to one reliable analyst, Apple now plans to deliver the upgrade as standard on all 7 Plus models as demand for greater smartphone cameras increases.
Many moons ago, the iPhone delivered the best camera you could get in a phone. Nothing else came close. But that’s no longer the case. Samsung, Sony, and now HTC are all selling handsets that can take greater photos, according to the experts at DxOMark.
That’s something Apple will be keen to change, given how much it prides itself on making great iPhone cameras. One way it could do that is to deliver dual-lens cameras that produce significantly greater photos, and features like optical zoom.
The rumors have been telling us Apple will do this for years, but according to reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it really will happen in 2016. And despite what earlier reports have said, you won’t have to buy a special iPhone 7 Plus model to get a dual-lens camera.
“In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch iPhone model (referred to as iPhone 7 Plus), to be launched in 2H16, may come in two versions: one with rear single-camera and the other with rear dual-camera,” reads a note Kuo issued to investors on Wednesday.
“However, we now believe Apple (US) will only roll out the dual-camera version in 2H16, with 3GB RAM to meet image processing requirements, and we estimate shipments of this model in 2016F of 20-30mn units.”
If you choose to buy the larger iPhone 7 later this year, then, it sounds like you’ll get a dual-lens camera — even if you choose the most affordable model. However, those who prefer the smaller iPhone 7 could be out of luck.