iPhone 7 Plus Likely to Have Dual-Lens Camera Based on LinX Technology

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note obtained by MacRumors that predicts two 5.5-inch versions of the "iPhone 7 Plus" are in development, one with a single iSight rear-facing camera and another boasting a dual-camera design.

    The rumored iPhone 7 Plus model with a dual-lens camera system would take advantage of imaging algorithms that Apple acquired through its purchase of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging last year.

    iPhone 7 mockup with dual-lens camera system (Image: Computer Bild)

    LinX technology offers several improvements the iPhone 7 Plus could benefit from, including multiple sensors for a smaller size, possibly eliminating the need for a protruding camera lens. The lenses would also have better sensitivity to light and greatly improved image quality in low light.

    Specifically, Kuo cites the LinX Imaging algorithm for its unique ability to achieve high-end dual-camera applications such as optical zoom simulation while sidestepping the traditional bottlenecks associated with compact camera module (CCM) assembly.


    To that end, Kuo expects a 2-3x optical zoom function to feature in Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. However, owing to supply chain constraints on dual-camera modules, the KGI analyst expects the larger handset to come in single-camera and dual-camera versions.

    Apple is well known for headlining improvements to the camera technology in its iPhones and showcasing their photography capabilities as a market-leading feature.

    Even so, major improvements to camera technology have typically come in "S" release years, therefore it remains to be seen whether Apple chooses to include such improvements in this or the next generation of its flagship devices.

    Article Link: iPhone 7 Plus Likely to Have Dual-Lens Camera Based on LinX Technology
  2. Alex Moran macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2015
    If this does turn out to be true and is limited to the plus model only.

    Is anyone willing to riot with me ?
  3. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    Im in
  4. iWillNotUpgrade macrumors newbie


    May 12, 2015
    Please Apple, don't tie certain features to a larger screen size.

    Just don't.
  5. BarmyGnome macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
  6. Devie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  7. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    I hope Apple doesn't go Larger = Better way, I'd hate to miss out this tech just 'cause I don't want a large sized phone.
  8. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    Save your time and money for the bigger model, it's cheaper than rioting.
  9. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Would be more than happy to see anything end the protruding camera design flaw.
  10. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Might as well stick it into the iPad mini too, then we can all look like idiots taking photos with giant devices.
  11. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I'm now waiting for moth eye screen surfaces and fly eye camera lenses. I wonder if they will call it the eyePhone if it happens?
  12. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    --- Post Merged, Jan 27, 2016 ---
    I will never own a 5.5 inch phone.
  13. Imory, Jan 27, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016

    Imory macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    The majority (given that 4.7 inches is the most popular one) evidently don't want to carry a massive brick for a phone. Did it perhaps ever occur to you that it's not a question of money?
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Thead carefully, Ming Chi. You've been burned before like when you said only the "premium" 6 Plus models would have a sapphire crystal display.

    Then, of course, you cited "production issues".
  15. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    As long as you agree to keep it away from those damn 4" iPhonies!
  16. StevenPG macrumors member


    Nov 1, 2012
    I would think the only reason they have them in both phones right now is for testing. Doubt Apple would launch the same phone with different camera option. It would drive their cost up have to many different SKUs.

    Maybe a dual lense Gold Plated one that is only sold at high end jewelry stores for $15,000
  17. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    Yes! ...I'm already pissed about the cam...the Plus is not a phone, too damn big...I want the best cam in the 4.7" iPhone!!!
  18. danwest macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2013
    lets how it doesn't get limited to the larger screen size. tad unfair on users who don't want to carry a small tablet size phone around.
  19. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    I would guess this would allow for a bit of 3d to pictures as well? Or are the lenses too close together to get much of an effect?
  20. Fenez macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2014
  21. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    Well, then you'll just have to settle for an inferior camera. There are advantages to owning a big phone (and no, it's not a massive brick).

    Apple left out OIS on the 4.7" because it just wouldn't fit inside the body. This will likely be the same.
  22. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
    Apple will rustle some huge jimmies if this is true.
  23. recoil80 macrumors 68000

    Jul 16, 2014
    If they change the design to get rid of the protruding camera it will happen this year with iPhone 7.
    A better sensor may come in 2017 so we may have the single sensor in 2016 and double sensor in 2017.

    owing to supply chain constraints on dual-camera modules, the KGI analyst expects the larger handset to come in single-camera and dual-camera versions.

    I don't believe that. Either the dual camera will be exclusive to the Plus model or it will come with the S version. The only difference between models is the storage
  24. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    The Computer Bild design mockup looks way better than 2 separate protruding cameras.
  25. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    If they seriously think Apple will do the 7 plus with a single and dual lens version then I doubt the validity of anything else they say....

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