Oh, the lens action! This could be the cleanest iPhone 7, 7 Plus and 7 Pro family portrait so far

Oh, the lens action! This could be the cleanest iPhone 7, 7 Plus and 7 Pro family portrait so far
Remember the claim by reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the iPhone will have three versions this year, one of which will be a "Pro" model with a dual-lens camera? Well, if the leaked pictures below are credible, the guy may be right yet again.

Those shots allegedly depict what looks like the front and rear of dummy units for the three 2016 handset models from Apple - the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and 7 Pro - with the conspicuous "s" marking on the back that doesn't really scream the next iPhone generation, so make of it what you will. The Plus and Pro seem pretty identical, so we could assume that Ming-Chi Kuo might have been correct to tip that the Pro model will be a decked-out Plus, i.e. carrying the same 5.5" display and exterior, while upgrading significantly on the camera department with a dual-lens camera system, for an extra price.

Obviously, the antenna strips and the camera areas are the main things that are very different from what we have on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus now, while the 7 Pro adds a smart connector at the back, like on the iPad Pro models, so what novelties could we expect from all these changes? Well, while the move of the antenna strips to the edges might have been prompted simply by design aesthetics, the camera changes are likely to be more significant.

The camera lens seems much bigger now than what we have on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, hinting at some possible upgrade in low-light or other capabilities that we can expect from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Moreover, the dual-lens 7 Pro has been tipped to come with optical zoom for a while now, so besides the theoretical advantages of dual-camera systems, like improved low-light performance, color fidelity, HDR or post factum refocusing, we might also get the ability for quality close-ups in a slim phone at long last. 

Apparently, Apple has shoehorned technology from the Israeli firm LinX, whose acquisition it announced last year, which allows it to produce high-quality images from relatively small sensors in a multi-lens, multi-aperture configuration with a unique software algorithm. LinX wasn't shy to describe this invention as being able to produce pictures bordering on DSLR quality, especially in low-light scenarios.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's dual-camera setup for this iPhone 7 Plus model will include two 12 MP camera sensors from Sony, but one of the lenses will have wider aperture than the other. The analyst also said that one of the camera modules will be equipped with optical image stabilization. So far so good, we have OIS on the 6s Plus now, but he also claims that the other would sport 2-3x optical zoom lens. Apple actually patented such a setup last year, as you can see in the slides below, so this suggestion is not totally out of whack, and could be a true game changer in phone cameras if it materializes.

When it comes to pricing and availability for this camera-centric 7 Pro version, Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to account for 25-35% of total iPhone 7 Plus shipments. While we can't wait to see which of those perks will land with the new iPhone 7 trio, something tells us the price of the 7 Pro won't be for the faint of heart, what do you think?

source: Weibo via NWE

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41 Comments

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

hmmm so users will have to pay around 900$ for the pro at least to get new features .... i dont know how people can support a company that is that greedy .... they make good phones but manipulating the market that way is beyond an "asshole move"

3. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

This design looks very boring now

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Boring from day one.

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Still people will buy it!! But not for me!

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes people will buy it. What choice do they have? If you want an iPhone, you have to take what is given.

39. AlikMalix unregistered

Do you know how oxymoron your post is? It deserves an award!!! If people want an iPhone their choice is the iPhone... That's horrible, right?

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Looking forward to the pro model.

9. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

1) Why the S on the back? Rumour has it Apple is moving from a tick tock cycle (2 years) to a tick tock tock cycle (3 years) to give Apple time to "innovate" something no one has been doing as of late... NO ONE. 2) This is why Apple will die... their following android.. their being fragmentation to their platform.. and it will Kill apple.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ugly ugly, and ugly.

27. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Dark, you letting these guys taint you?? How are you? Long time.....

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good and you? No one's tainting me, I simply call it like I see it. I'm a free thinker.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Ugly, uglier and ugliest from right to left

12. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

Even the 6s plus looks better than this. How dull and boring the new iphone can be!

14. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is infact the clearest fake so far. I mean can't you see the photoshopped bottom and camera area of the 7 pro? Can't you see the 'S' moniker written on the back chassis? Can't you see the akward dual camera lens on the pro? My God. PA. Thought you guys were professionals? *facepalm*

15. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

I wish that this is fake :/

17. stevegates

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

seems fake

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's what they said about the original iPhone 6. "Apple wouldn't make anything that ugly". Turns out they did and they sold more phones than ever for a single quarter. https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=iPhone+6+design+ugly Proof you can just put Apple's logo on crap and people will just buy it because its from Apple.

18. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

iPhoneArena is kneeling now, this is the greatest phone they have ever seen, incense are lit in front of Tim's Ballsac statue.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This should win the prize of the most boring and uninspiring smartphone design, worse that Sony's Xperia X series! j/k

20. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The camera looks ugly to me, i prefer the ring around the camera, not this ugly hump.

21. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I'm gonna say there's a 90% chance this is fake.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

90% chance it's not. Wanna bet?

22. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I've said for years that it's a very bland design. Now it's also very old and stale. I saw they were hiring new design engineers. I just hope they create something interesting before it's too late.

23. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Iphone pro starting at 900? No thanks

24. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The Pro looks so HUGE to me.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If the 7+ and 7Pro have the same size display, why is the 7 Pro so much larger? Thankfully other OEM's make better looking phones (S6/S7)

38. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Phonearena writers are so blind. Man look at the stupidly photoshopped pic of so called iphone pro. It seems way odd than other two iphones. Look at that odd lens position and even that so called dock which may be taken from some other place

42. Kcklub

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 18, 2016

Pass, times of 800 dollars phone are over

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