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Only the larger 'iPhone 7' is expected to sport the new dual-camera system

You may have to pay more for the rumored feature
April 4, 2016

One of the more interesting rumored features on the upcoming “iPhone 7” may only appear on the larger, and more expensive, model.

A premium option

A premium option

In a new note to investors, via MacRumors, highly accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that interesting dual-camera system will be featured in just the Plus version of the handset:

New iPhone shipments to be capped by similar form factor as iPhone 6s & 6s Plus; 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 underwhelm.

A dual-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.

MacRumors also created an interesting video that shows how the system could work.

In the current generation of iPhones, the larger iPhone 6s Plus does offer a camera feature not found on the iPhone 6s. Optical image stabilization, or OIS, helps reduce blurred images.

Back in mid-March, an image leaked of the purported rear case of the handset. Along with a dual-camera system, it also interestingly showed the presence of a Smart Connector found on both iPad Pro models.

Other rumors about the next iPhone

Other rumors about the next iPhone

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.

Both handsets are expected to officially arrive sometime this fall.