of the most persistent rumors about Apple’s next-generation iPhones has
been that at least one of the new devices will get dual rear-facing
cameras. The advantage of this dual-camera setup is that it would
feature both a standard wide-angle lens camera and a secondary telephoto
lens that would be capable to capturing zoomed-in pictures and videos.
Intriguingly, most reports on this feature have said it will be
exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus, which means that you’ll have to pay more
upfront to get it. MacRumors points to a new research note from KGI
Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that comes the closest we’ve seen to
confirming this rumor is true.
"New iPhone shipments to be capped by similar form factor as iPhone 6s &
6s Plus," he writes. "Top hardware upgrade is dual-camera (5.5-inch
model only), though many competing models with dual-camera will launch
soon, joining others already on the market; first impressions could
Ming-Chi Kuo has been remarkably accurate in the past when describing
details about new iPhone features, so if he’s writing this in his note
there’s a good bet that Apple is at least strongly considering making
the dual camera exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus.
It’s also interesting to see that he thinks the first impressions of the
device could "underwhelm," which suggests that we shouldn’t expect a
major leap forward like the one we saw going from the iPhone 5s to the
iPhone 6. That said, there’s still a lot of time left before Apple
unveils the device and a lot could change between now and September.