In a recent earnings call, a Sony official indicated that dual-lens camera systems should be arriving soon from “major smartphone players.” If you don’t remember, Sony currently provides the camera technology for the iPhone.
The news also comes after rumors arrived stating that at least one version of the next-generation iPhone will indeed offer the technology. More than likely, it would be the larger Plus model of the device.
Here’s the complete quote from Sony CFO Kcnichiro Yoshida, via Xperia Blog:
“Well, for next year, our so-called dual lens – dual camera platform will be launched by, we believe, from major smartphone players. However, as I said previously, recently, our smartphone market is growing and particularly, our high-end smartphone market is now slowing down. So, that may impact the demand or production schedule of dual camera smartphones by the major smartphone manufacturers. So, we believe the real start, the takeoff of smartphone with dual lens camera will be in the year of 2017.”
A dual-lens camera system on a premium version of the “iPhone 7” could possibly feature some type of optical zoom. One lens could support a wide field of view while the other might feature telephoto technology. Independent images are captured from both lenses which are then combined into a single photo using special algorithms.
Just yesterday, a separate report said the handset could lose the rear antenna bands and camera bulge on the iPhone 6 line.
The most interesting tidbit, previously reported, is that Apple is planning to drop the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack and require Lightning or Bluetooth headphones.
Other reports have also indicated that the devices will be both dustproof and waterproof. The larger “iPhone 7 Plus” might also be offered in a 256GB storage option – double the current 128GB edition.
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