If you are hoping to pick up an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus model when they launch this fall, you may want to choose the latter.
Apple analysts Ming Chi Kuo, who often gets these things right, explained a unique and likely new feature in a research note for KGI Securities.
Here’s his note:
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.
Two lenses would lead to a better type of zoom that would be significantly better than the digital cropping options that Apple currently offers on the iPhone.
Two lenses would also be capable of measuring distance more accurately, which could really fuel thie augmented reality movement which requires that information.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the rumor but keep in mind that the tech giant purchased LinX Imaging last year and that company is focused on improving image quality by using multiple camera modules.
Also in the note Kuo says he believes iPhone sales could top off at between 190 and 200 million phones this year, that’s significantly lower than the 232 million Apple shipped in 2015.
If you’re not super excited about a dual camera, Kuo believes in 2017 Apple will totally revamp its lineup with a bigger screen, a new design featuring glass on the back, and wireless charging.