KGI: dual cameras to be exclusive to 5.5″ iPhone 7

By , Apr 4, 2016

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Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will feature dual cameras for improved photography features, but only on the flagship 5.5-inch model, according to an investment note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider this morning.

The analyst, who has a strong track record in predicting Apple’s future product plans, thinks that iPhone shipments will fall below 200 million units this year due to a soft iPhone SE launch and weakening demand for the current flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 6s.

For context, Apple shipped 232 million iPhones in 2015.

As mentioned, Kuo thinks that a rumored dual-lens camera system will be featured exclusively on a 5.5-inch model of the next iPhone, leaving a 4.7-inch version of the handset without this feature.

As a result, Apple’s whole iPhone 7 lineup may not be as competitive in terms of imaging as originally expected given that a number of handset makers are expected to add dual cameras to their phones, including Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi, ZTE and Lenovo. In fact, some Android phones with dual-cameras are already on the market.

Another thing to factor in: the iPhone 7 is expected to have a “similar form factor as iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus,” potentially disappointing those who are expecting a brand new industrial iPhone design come this fall.

Overall, Kuo projected iPhone shipments of between 85 million and 95 million units in the first half of this year, followed by 105 million to 115 million in the second half of 2016.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • sinnerofa10shun

    Same design? Maybe not a completely smart move for something that’s not an “s” series iPhone. But then, I’ll probably be getting it anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Thats how apple dose things, not much changes from 4 to 5s, the body changes really every four years.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        manufacturers have caught up, iPhone is no more the class leading device in terms of build, camera, battery, sure their software is the best but the way Google is optimising android, that advantage will also be gone for apple.

      • Shinonuke

        Cool story bro

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        story, i use both 6s and nexus 6p, 6.0 is by far the smoothest version of android is at par with iOS 9

      • Shinonuke

        To each and their own. I still can’t play Kritika as smoothly on the note4 or s6 as compared to my 5s. I can’t even comprehend how you are rating your camera function to my 6s plus. I have used the androids almost as much as the iOS. Like I said, To each and their own.”

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        get a nexus, I’m sure you wont complain after that. the images shot on 6p blows out those shot on 6s and Plus. battery life again, both are on parity, i definitely like iOS over android but the android N preview has just got everything right. Split Screen, Quick replies, and minor cosmetic changes.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        and by saying android i never referred to samsung, note 4 and S6 still don’t have the 6.0 update, another reason why i like iOS more, but if you buy the S7, try playing asphalt on it, loads faster than 6s and no frame drops here and there like the S6 has.

      • Benedict

        Perhaps third party apps were better back then but the OS always was and is worse than Android from my experience and features. Sorry but iOS is still unusable for me.

      • Anonymous

        Its a game of cat and mouse really, apple has become more and more open. Just like android’s build has improved. Many droids have always out performed apple in the camrea area… So i would say its apple who will catch up to android in that area, or that they have the potential to.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        they have the potential but they have become lazy, this year’s release might give them an edge over others if they get the things done properly.

      • Shinonuke

        Not sure where you get those camera reviews from but that’s cool. Android is fun to mess with when it comes to customizations. The only nexus I played with was the 4 and 5.

      • Alexander Figueroa

        Agree 100%

  • Toukale

    Not surprising at all. If you believe some of the rumors, there are grumbling the real iPhone upgrade will be in 2017 for the 10th anniversary model. If you believe that rumor (I do believe that one), then the fall 2016 iPhone will not bring much of a change. I do believe, Apple is putting a lot of efforts in the 10th. anniversary model of the iPhone rather than this year’s iPhone (2016). It makes all the sense in the world, at least to me.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Im much more excited about the changes and features iOS 10 is brining to the table.

    • KOZY_Gremlin_Gang

      Lol yall justify the dumb shlt Apple does no matter what

      • Toukale

        So, saying someone is putting more focus on a 10 year anniversary model is justifying dumb shit. Is anyone forcing you to buy their shit?

  • linkincyde

    dual lens for what?

    • Shinonuke

      Same reason you need two eyes

      • Mike M. Powell

        This guy gets it lol +1 for hilarious reply xD

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  • Jamessmooth

    The iPhone camera line up will be competitive in the 7. Apple always puts out a pretty good camera. There’s no reason to believe it won’t be just as if not more competitive. Excited about the dual lens in the 7 Plus!!!

  • n0ahcruz3

    iphone 8 definitely get i will lol i want a new form factor. I wont be surprised if shipments will fall, alot are anticipating a new form factor. Sick of the 6/6s design..

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