Apple might add optical zoom camera and 3GB of RAM to the iPhone 7 Plus for DSLR-like photos

In his latest note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who boasts the best track record of "it-all-came-true!" iPhone predictions, claims that Apple will ship a dual-lens iSight camera in all iPhone 7 Plus models. His sources say that the technology will grant the handset optical zoom capabilities, albeit somewhat limited by practical design constraints. Still, this multi-lens system is expected to output the closest to DSLR-quality images a smartphone has ever come up with. Reportedly, Apple is using innovations developed by LinX, the imaging company it acquired last year for $20 million, in addition to camera modules supplied by Sony and LG Innotek.

Although Apple may have considered shipping two different iPhone 7 Plus models — one with the dual-lens camera, and another without it – Kuo claims the company has mercifully opted to make the dual-cam standard on the upcoming phablet. Moreover, the analyst believes Apple will add another gigabyte of RAM memory to the iPhone 7 Plus, increasing it to 3GB in total. This is meant to boost the smartphone's new image processing capabilities, among other things. Meanwhile, the smaller 4.7-inch model will come with the standard 2 gigabytes of RAM, and won't get a dual-lens version either. Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple might ship between 20 to 30 million iPhone 7 Plus units in the second half of 2016 alone.

These rumors correlate with recently leaked schematics that portray the alleged iPhone 7 Plus with two cameras on its back, while the 4.7-inch flavor appears to feature the traditional single-lens design. Moreover, it is possible that the big iPhone will receive the Smart Connector which Apple debuted with the iPad Pro. In the tablet's case, the port is used for charging and connecting specific accessories, such as keyboard covers.

Previously, the analyst asserted that the upcoming iPhones won't feature many technological innovations and design improvements. However, his sales predictions implicitly suggest that the dual-lens camera with optical zoom – a first for modern-day smartphones – might win plenty of consumers over. Still, it looks like the most radical stunt Apple might pull off with its best-selling product will be getting rid of the 3.5mm audio jack for good. More impressive technological and design changes are allegedly held in store for the 2017 iPhones.

source: AppleInsider



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, especially since Ive wants the slimmest phone on the market he will definitely want to add even bigger camera hump. C'mon PA you are just outright stupid if you believe that, please use BS filter before posting anything

4. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

All the signs point towards both models (maybe a third as well) will have basically the same dimensions as the 6s/6s+ so Mr.Kuo may be accurate. I gotta say, this slim trend has gotten out of hand. I want thicker and easier to grip phones honestly.

6. Rydsmith unregistered

"Yeah PA, ignore the guy with a fantastic record on iPhone leaks and knowledge and make assumptions because I say do!" FTFY

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If its come out with this as thats kuo guy said i will never take you seriously again :) You do know he was right on mostly all other leak he did on iphone in the past right?

38. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Where are all the iPhone idiots that always go on and say crap about how Android needs more ram because it can't run right, and then say stupid things that iOS doesn't need more ram. Which was never true. More ram means you can run more apps, perform better multitasking, add more functionality, and do more with apps. Yet when Apple puts 3gb of ram in their phone, then now it's OK. More Ram is always good no matter what platform you use. Android flagship have 4gb or more now. Some devices are starting to come with 6gb of ram.

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The other thing Apple needs to get rid of the 16gb model.

46. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sony was working on a slim camera module with optical zoom, I haven't kept up with its development but maybe it's finally a real device. I remember having a Samsung flip phone on Verizon that had 3x optical zoom and the was a kinda big but meshed well with the hing area of the phone and this was back in 2007 or so.

2. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

That camera hump kinda reminds me of the back of LG g5

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

yeah because its will be made in part by LG lol.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's cool. We don't need more RAM, but it's always nice too have more. My Android brothers can agree with me on that at least.

36. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I appreciate the non-bias sentiment, brother.

37. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'm not even convinced that phones like the Note 5 need 4GB of RAM.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I want 32gb base model to even consider an iPhone. I'm pretty open to every OS. I'm a camera first, hardware feature second type of user and so far the LG V10 has not had a strong enough competitor for me to switch. I'd like microsd expansion in a iPhone as well but that will never happen.

17. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Yeah, nothing so far has been compelling enough to make me switch from my V10. I'm eagerly awaiting the V10 successor that is sure to appear later this year, or if not, the Note 6. Maybe even a new Moto.

27. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm with you. Really looking to see how LG follows up the V10. Snapdragon 820 processor and maybe even an improved 16-20mp sensor with 3500-4000mAh battery. It will be a beast.

35. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Personally, I'm hoping LG continues with the "durable flagship phablet" theme of the V10 and maybe add IP certification to the next V series phone, makes it even more durable with the latest specifications, too.

39. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised at how fast and responsive the V10 is (I owned one for about a week after I owned a Note 5). Compared to its direct competitor, the Note 5, I found the V10 far more responsive, the camera was as good in mosts circumstances, 64GB of internal storage vs 32GB (plus it's expandable), the phone feels more solid and secure, and my V10 lasted just as long as my Note 5 did (your mileage may vary). V10 is a beast of a phone and yet no marketing or advertising exists to get its name out. Too late now.

33. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Just curious why does the base model of the phone matter?

41. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because its the cheapest... lol

45. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Because I won't let Apple suck me into spending $100-200 more for something my phone can already do for less. Especially when my phone has 64gb native storage AND the option to expand the storage.

44. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Because I don't believe in paying for extra storage when I can expand the storage myself for way cheaper than the price of the next model up. Especially when Apple gives you a measly 16gb which basically begs for most people to opt for the more expensive model.

7. techman82

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Tinkering with the idea of upgrading to the plus next time but I think with the new camera and not much in change in the size it will be very heavy, probably over the 200g!

8. Kumar123 unregistered

Awesome. Can't wait.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

DSLR like photos is when they go into the 1in+ sensor category. Maybe a 4/3rds

11. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Iphonearena duh

10. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

They MIGHT also put 8GB RAM in, but they won't. They won't upgrade RAM that quickly. They will always put only as much, that it is not too less. So people have a reason to upgrade, because of insufficient RAM.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummm.....there are still over 40 million people who own a 4s and it has 512mb of, yeah. The way IOS works, it has no extra need for 4-5 gigs of RAM like Android. Granted more RAM is always helpful, it isn't always useful. I was honestly surprised the IPad Pro came with 4gb b/c it never utilizes all of it.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Every client thats upgrade from the 4S do it because its now way too slow to operate correctly. There is MANY android out there with 1 gb or less thats dont lag and are super fluid. First 2 version of moto G been a good example. More Ram mean you can keep the phone longer. With 2 gb ram the 4S could easily run latest ios and could run it for next 2 year easy. Apple want you to upgrade every year if possible or max every 2 years. More Ram is always welcome for product longevity. Latest android version dont need more than 1 gb ram to run smoothly but if you have more you will have app loading faster and much better multitasking. ( Iphone not really good at multitasking )

31. Unordinary unregistered

Show me an Android smartphone device that runs smoothly and is enjoyable, that is 5 years old.

13. Carbo

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

"iPhone [...] DSLR-like photos" Phonearena fail...

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