Apple to set the iPhone 7 apart with dual-lens camera and pressure sensor for health apps

Apple to set the iPhone 7 apart with dual-lens camera and pressure sensor for health apps
The iPhone 6 is slowly reaching peak sales, but Apple is already hard at work to iron out the novelties that will be present in the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. We should say iPhone 6S actually, as there will be no major redesign, tip supply chain sources from Taiwan, with the two phones likely retaining the 4.7" and 5.5" display diagonals, respectively.

What will eventually be new, though, is a thoroughly redesigned camera module, with dual lens design, perhaps similar to the HTC One (M8) or Huawei's Honor 6 Plus units, a shot at a "zoom function," and sensor capable of soaking in more light. An optical zoom part is hard to believe, despite phones like the ZenFone Zoom that were just revealed at the CES expo, since it will require protruding lens. There are some periscope-style optical zoom designs, but the bodies of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are so thin, we doubt Apple can fit anything like that inside. On the other hand, there are lossless zoom options, and alternative approaches to optical zoom, though we don't know how close these are to mass production. We'll see whether this pans out at all.

The other novelty that this year's iPhone will sport, according to the "supply chain sources," is said to be a 3D pressure sensor, which will be used in connection with Apple's Health app, and on its upcoming watch as well. The 3D part apparently means that there will be a depth "Z" axis added to the usual X and Y ones of the touch sensor, which is said to be used for aiding to measure pulse and blood pressure. If Apple manages to pull that pressure sensor thingy off, it will indeed be something rather unique to differentiate the iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, or whatever the handset gets named in the fall.



1. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Set them apart by copying HTC, Huawei and the unsuccessful predecessors of this tech... Well at least Apple do make trendy those kind of stuff...

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

if apple decides to do it, they'd do it better

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

but they will remain a copy cat company

31. vlm981

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

they will remain a we copy but do it better company.


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yes, we copied them but because we did it better, we will now sue.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Bottom line: they still do copy.

14. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Bottom line: according to your logic, everybody is copying.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Tell that to Sony and Nokia.

30. vlm981

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

thats like saying doing something better than someone else is bad. bottom line: they do it better

38. Z3R091 unregistered

So now copying is legal for apple?

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

typical fruit now copying HTC WHY CAN'T WET STOP APPLE from doing B.S. patents and copying when it already exist on other companies. this makes me sick to my stomach.

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

Kind of wish I kept the HTC evo3d

2. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

another day. another spam bullcrpp article with something that will never happen. i dont know who runs this site but he is not a smart person who believes everything he is told by anyone.

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

This seems boring to me right now.

5. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

most of you obviously don't know how to run a tech company. when a company decides to add new features to their existing product, they'd do cost benefit analysis. if the cost of new component outweights the benefit it provides. most established tech companies would just stick with cheaper components with a minor upgrade as they'd like to keep their profit margins on their existing products the same if not more. this is the reason why consumers rarely see major upgrade from established companies like apple and samsung. if there is major upgrade to the existing product in design or hardware, it usually means the products are not selling.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? First off show me a computers that has ever received a major upgrade. The major upgrade is when the original device is made. After that it minor speed bumps for the life of the product. What do you consider a major upgrade? Stop making excuses for Apple. Look at Samsung devices. The Galaxy Note 4 yes is no a major upgrade over the Note 3, but it still managed to get hewer suff and at the same cost. Apple changed nothing on the iPhone 6/6+ almost vs the 5S and they raise thecost $100. Please explain that since you think you know so much. The Phone 5S and 6/6+ all have the the same cameras. They simply changed the sensor on the 6+ to the one that has OIS. However it is the same Sony made sensor, just slightly upgraded. Same CPU/GPU with speed bumps, same amount of RAM, same OS basically and same less than $1.00 worth of materials used for the outside case. They are using displays that are 2-3 years old. Yet they jacked up the cost $100 for what? Compared to the Note which got a higher resolution brand new display with even better technology vs the S5. Slightly faster GPU and faster CPU, same RAM similar camera sensor, but Sony made vs the S5 which has a Samsung made sensor which was still very very good. Yet the price remained the same. How is it the iPhone kept 90% of its original stuff and it went up, while Samsung change 50% of the stuff and the price remained the same? Apple is a rip off. The 6/6+ is using cheaper parts and still being sold as a premium, while other phones actually have premium stuff and they cost less. Apple profits are high because they sell a device for 4 times what it cost them to make. It cost them $200 to make an iPhone still and they jacked it up to nearly $800 for the entry level model and almost $1000 for the 128GB which is using a cheap storage that is broken. Apple yes I am sure looks at adding what they want vs what they can make. The fact is the iPhone should have equal or better capabilities and specs for what it costs. iPhone 6 740p @ $749 vs Galaxy Note 4 @ Quad HD for $650. Who really si being ripped off The iPhone is a popular device because Apple marketed it that way. It is a china made piece of junk.If I'm going to buy an Asian made product I may as well buy it from an Asian company. Not an Asian company pretending to be an American one.

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

again the iphone 6 is an existing product line. the iphone 6 plus is new product line. iphone 6 costs the same. but components have definitely changed, whether it is an major upgrade is debatable. Iphone 6 plus was obviously released by apple to capture the demand for bigger screen and and bigger battery. I think the cost of producing iphone 6 plus is more or less the same as iphone 6. the profit margin for iphone 6 plus is probably greater than the iphone 6. then again apple is not just here to please the consumers, they are a for profit company with a hundreds of stanford grads to feed. there is reason why apple is stockpiling cash they have an os and ecosystem thats unique on its own. and consumers are willing to pay the premium for them samsung on the other hand, like all android phone makers are struggling to differentiate themselves. if they hadn't put the latest hardwares on their phones, they'd be surpassed by cheaper phones running the same os. you gotta look at it from the point of shareholders.

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

Bull the only difference in ip6 and ip6p is the ois that's it

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't by Apples stuff then.

20. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

All I could read from that was, wah wah wah my toy is cooler than yours. Even though most of what you said is complete BS ill point out the most obvious. The 6 has the same pricing as the 5S did when it was launched, 199 299 399. If anything the 6 is cheaper because there is no 32gig option and the 64 moved down $100, learn some math. Also you keep saying that Apple uses cheap parts. You do realize the entire industry uses basically the same parts. Sony makes just about everyone's cameras and you even say how great it is then say all Apple parts are crap, which is it? Most of Apple's componets are even made by Samsung. You said Samsung makes great products/parts so doesn't that mean Apple uses great parts since Samsung is the supplier, again make up your mind. And then the Apple parts are made in Asia part is the funniest comment you made. You realize Samsung is an Asia company right? Everybody has factories in China and gets 90% of their manufacturing done there as well. Thanks for playing "Im a raging fanboy that gets mad at a company whose product Im not forced to buy and whatever I use is the best so Ill just cry about it."

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Screw post of the day, that's post of the year bro!!!

26. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Apple use lower specs component compared to it's rival and they sell a device for 4 times what it cost as TechieXP1969 said. 8mp camera? only 1 gigs of ram? lower res screen? no expandable memory which force consumer to pay a lot for an upgrade (while G.Note 4 offer 32gb onboard and expandable slot). it's obviously not the same parts isn't it? not same level exactly. You are paying most of your money for an Apple logo.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah but they run the same and at some things iPhones are faster with half the specs. Also consider that Apple builds its own OS and supports its ecosystem all by it self. Android phones use freeware for an OS and leach off ecosystem distributed for free by someone else (making android users its own flock of sheep for gathering data). The iPhone 6 is actually cheaper than the predecessors when you consider getting 64gb version for 32gb price and 128gb version for 64gb price. Samsung Note series cost more than regular s-series: same as 6+ costs more than 6 Expendable slots are unreliable and if you got for quality it cost nearly as much as upgraded iphone storage (64/128) but expendable storage is much slower in real time uses. In my opinion, Samsung introduced expendable storage to avoid integrating large capacitiyboptions storage like Apple does.

28. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You've got some point, kinda forget iOS ecosystem is slightly better than Android. IOS run smoother, probably it's about same speed but Android offer more feature. I don't know if iPhone 6 is cheaper than G.Note 4, here in my country Indonesia, G.Note 4 is about the same price as 16gb iPhone 5s. While for an external memory cost less than half upgraded iPhone probably about $32 (when you have to pay $80 each upgrade for an iPhone). In terms of performance it's not much slower compared to internal memory since i've installed an apps on internal storage and use an external one for music, photo or video files and document.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

As far as performance: try opening your photos app and watch those photos load one by one (when you have 500-1000) as opposed to internal built in memory where 1000 photos load instantly. - that's the difference. I guess it doesn't matter for some as it ads expendability for memory - but for me: I need thing instant and everything is instant on iPhone with iOS.

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

and that's what apples getting sued right now in a class action lawsuit for allowing a 16 gigabyte phone storage to be made on a full of no expandable memory when it takes half if not more to upgrade Microsoft got sued for the same thing on the surface pro Apple will also be taken

33. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Iphone 6 is same price as Iphone 5s was a year ago. It did get a larger 4.7inch screen along with a higher resolution. The 6 Plus is $100 more, but it has a 5.5inch screen with even higher resolution.

29. TechNeck

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You guys are tying too much, I can't read it all! DX

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Most all android phones already have pressures sensors. They help reduce the time to lock on a GPS signal and there are a number of hiking fitness apps that make use of them. The first one was the Galaxy Nexus 4 years ago. The dual camera was also done on a number of phones for many years now. I have mixed feelings about that. Good to see continued rumors of how far behind Apple is today.

22. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

You do realize they are rumors right and not any type of fact of what will actually be on the phone. If rumors were true the original iPhone would have had a click wheel.

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