Apple’s next iPhone is due in September, but rumours have started circulating this month. It’s obvious we’re going to see two iPhone models, but the latest word in the grapevine suggests that the bigger device might have a dual camera set-up.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-connected analyst at KGI Securities, the iPhone 7 Plus will have the dual camera set-up, or at least a version with the set-up available. The handset will be most likely powered by LinX, which was acquired by Apple in 2015. LinX specialises in the creation of ultra-compact camera sensors for slim smartphones. If rumours are to be believed, the set-up will be two 12 MP camera sensors, one with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a wider field of view, and the other with a 2-3x telephoto lens. The second lens is where it gets interesting. OIS is common on most smartphones but an optical zoom lens (created by Apple!) is something to look forward to. This would also enable variable focus and bokeh imagery in your next iPhone.
Wait and see
Now, the part of the rumour that doesn’t sound very Apple-like is that not all 7 Plus models will have the feature. It’s expected to only be included in 25-30 per cent of the models.
Like all rumours, it’s just a matter of waiting and watching, but this one could turn out to be highly exciting, considering the iPhone camera is one of the best out there right now.