In somewhat surprising news, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo—arguably the most reliable Apple analyst out there—says there’ll be one, not two iPhone 7 Plus models. Previous rumors have pointed to three different configurations: a regular 4.7-inch ‘iPhone 7’, a larger-screened 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ and a so-called ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ with premium hardware features.
According to Kuo’s note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, Apple plans to produce a single iPhone 7 Plus model. That ‘Plus’ edition should be the ‘Pro’ iPhone you’ve been waiting for: it’ll come outfitted with a dual-lens camera system and have three gigabytes of RAM versus two gigabytes of RAM on the iPhone 6s generation.
The analyst explains that more RAM will be needed in order to compensate for the increased image processing demands stemming from dual-lens cameras.
“In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch iPhone model (referred to as iPhone 7 Plus), to be launched in the second half of 2016, may come in two versions: one with rear single-camera and the other with rear dual-camera,” reads the research note.
“However”, Kuo writes, “we now believe Apple will only roll out the dual-camera version in the second half of this year, with 3GB RAM to meet image processing requirements.”
He predicted new iPhone shipments at 20-30 million units in fiscal 2016.