KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, possibly the best Apple analyst in the industry, is already making predictions about the 2017 Apple iPhone models. In a note sent to clients, Kuo says that the dual camera setup found on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus
will remain exclusive to the 5.5-inch phablet with next year's models. The analyst says that Apple doesn't want to make it available on the lower priced 4.7-inch phone yet, because of its cost ($30 to $40 extra per phone) and because it is way too soon to see if it is a feature that the 'mass market' will employ.
Kuo says that changes in the dual camera next year will most likely include the use of OIS in the telephoto lens. This year, the stabilization feature is limited to the wide angle lens.
"While an attractive addition for avid picture takers and professional photographers, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera is not a mass-market killer application yet. Along with its high cost (estimated at over US$30-40) and the necessity for Apple to enhance the added value of high-end iPhone models, we expect only high-end new iPhone models (30-40% of them) to have a dual-camera next year."-Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst, KGI Securities
Because next year will be the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple will be making many changes to the phone
on what normally would be an "S year" for the device. Changes could include the use of an edge-to-edge screen with the home button embedded under the glass. The phone could feature an OLED display and curve around the side of the handset. There already has been talk of an iris scanner
, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the 5.5-inch model sport the Smart Connector as seen on iPhone Pro leaks all throughout the summer.