KGI: iPhone 7 Plus will have dual lenses with optical image stabilization and zoom

By , Jan 27, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus dual lenses mockup

Reliable analyst (if there is such a thing) Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities sent an interesting report to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

In it, he predicts that a new, premium edition of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus will be outfitted with a dual-lens system with optical image stabilization and optical zoom, realized through technology Apple obtained from last year’s acquisition of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging.

By capturing two sets of image data and combining them into a single image, the handset should boost the quality of photographs. The 2-3x optical zoom, mentioned in the report, would be a first for the iPhone. The analyst expects about 30 percent of iPhone 7 shipments to include dual lenses, with Sony expected to be the main supplier of the CMOS sensor.

The report predicts that this ultra-premium edition of the iPhone 7 Plus will be introduced alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, neither of which will make use of the dual-lens configuration. In other words, the iPhone 7 Plus should come in single-camera and dual-camera versions.

LinX Imaging teaser 001

LinX technology, now owned by Apple, allows for significantly smaller cameras with DSLR-class performance through the use of multiple lenses.

“The engineers at LinX have solved all problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space such as registration errors and occlusion related artifacts which are seen on competing technologies,” according to a LinX press release last year.

In addition, Linx technology could also allow the next iPhone’s iSight camera to capture depth information that could be used for 3D image reconstruction.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • DevXav

    Woah… really?
    Thats… bizarre.

    I’d rather have way less bezels and borders with a bigger screen filling the devices front space..

  • Fardeen Beharry

    this really sucks, it should be on all iphone atleast on all plus model, if ios is not fragmented, then the iphone hardware sure is 🙁 i was so hyped

    • Anonymous

      I disagree, a bigger screen dose not make for a better phone. Thats is in everyones eyes. I perffer the smaller of the two because i want somthing to fit in my pocket comfortably, and i also have small hands and find the smaller screen works better for me. I personally feel apple has cheap out by giving the plus a better camera over its counter part. Id pay 50 extra bucks for the up grade. And apple would still be able to charge 50 dollar difference between screen. But that just my two cents.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Don’t own a single pair of pants or shorts that my 6s+ doesn’t accommodate easily. Any bigger I would shy away from but couldn’t dream of ever looking at a 4″ screen ever again.

  • askep3

    Wtf lol

  • Rowan09

    Ultra premium? Please let this be a joke. Unless they are going to reduce the price of the current line up, I don’t see this happening at all.

    • Manuel Molina

      Agree. Sounds like a heavy stretch off some rumors.

  • igorsky

    Yes! Let’s take Kuo’s opinion, and his questionable record of predictions, at face value!

  • Jamessmooth

    So after wanting to not offer many options in the iPhone line, they will, in this year, release a “se” model, will have a 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, AND iPhone 7 Plus SExUltrablahblahblah?
    Nope.

  • stylesbeyond

    cash is always at the ready, already have my name down for the best model money is no issue

  • Miqdad

    Does anyone have an analysis on the shortest time between a patent acceptance or a company purchase to the adoption of the tech into the mainstream devices?

  • iPhoneWINS

    yay 2 camera lenses.. lol

  • Manuel Molina

    I don’t see Apple telling customers “hey, you can buy a phone that has a good camera, but we also will sell you 1 that’s even better for a hundred dollars or fifty dollars more”.

  • 2 rear lenses. So ugly.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Apple, lose the antiquated bs side bezels. Maybe by 2020 ppl.

  • tariq

    Samsung “we’ll have 3” lol

  • Horácio Mendonça

    parallax effect in photos could be possible with this lenses.

    (does anyone know an app that capture in parallax similar effect or an app to edit and get this?) 🙂