Report: if suppliers can improve yields, the Apple iPhone 7 will come with a dual-lens camera

Report: if suppliers can improve yields, the Apple iPhone 7 will come with a dual-lens camera
In a recent report from the Taiwanese media, Xiaru Wen, CEO at Altek, is quoted claiming that Apple has been investigating dual lens camera setups for at least three years now. 

As Xiaru Wen has strong connections with dual-lens camera systems - Altek is the company that manufactures dual lens camera modules for HTC and Huawei - he probably has a good idea what he's talking about. Remember that LG and HTC were the first major handset manufacturers to include dual-lens cameras in their handsets, followed more recently by Huawei. 

According to Wen, Apple wants to make sure that the new technology will have the software to support it, as the company is said to have developed various apps that tap into the advantages provided by the new dual-lens camera system. If Apple turns out to adopt dual-lens setups, it will be very interesting to see how the company plans to use the technology as more than just a sales point.

Apparently, the only thing that is now stopping Apple from integrating the new technology in its iPhones is the fact that supplier yields are not high enough for Apple's massive production requirements. 

The report also claims that Apple has stumbled into some technical issues. Due to an issue called optical axis deviation, some test units took blurred photos. the source suggests that LinX Imaging, the company that Apple bought back in April for $20 million, was able to come up with a software fix for this problem.

Lorgan, a company that is said to provide about 80% of the camera lenses that Apple equips on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, has recently announced plans to double its production capacity. This has ignited speculation that Apple will integrate dual-lens cameras in an upcoming iPhone series, although rumors suggest that the supply yields will not meet requirements in time for the iPhone 6S. Note that this is not the first time we've been hearing about the iPhone 7 getting a dual-lens camera, although hard evidence has yet to show up.

What do you guys think of the possibility that the iPhone 7 series will integrate a dual-lens camera setup?


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49 Comments

1. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Besides shooting some nice porn, what are practical (non gimmick) uses of dual lens?

21. waddup121 unregistered

This is like iPhone 7 stuff...but okay!

2. hotelman2

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

"dual camera? htc had this, lg had that too. apple just copied them. apple uses 2012 spec blah blah blah....." mind these silly comments don't show up!! let apple enjoy their day and users enjoy their products, k?

10. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

If you accept other comments as ''blah blah blah'', why shouldn't I accept your comment as ''blah blah blah'' ?

3. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Dual-lens, OR DUAL SENSOR?

13. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Both.

43. Simona unregistered

basically dual cameras ... this is already looong time on Honor 6 .. so apple copies Huawei Honor 6 Plus !

4. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 299; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

the most exciting (funniest) part will be the name they'll give to that dual camera. Find it even funnier when ifans start using those terms as they always knew about it.

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

All of their marketing terms are laughably bad and designed to make normal and common tech sound crazy. Like their crappy screens that are low res but they call them zero gap or like retina HD or something. Lol This camera will probably be called like Gemini lens system that offers DSLR quality or something and the sad part is that people like Ntcx77 and alik will eat it up like its awesome tech.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Like you eat up "wireless" charging from Samsung. How is that not "laughable". Do I insult you everyday? This is why your "valid" posts as you call them are ignored. I explained to you why Apple called their resolution "retina" without any insults and bias - yet you continue this childish behavior. Please stop. It's old. No one is "eating up" terms that Apple uses - that's what they call it - so that's what I will call it - it's easier to reference things when they have a name.

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung didn't name it, it's a Qi standard and I think the term is fine. Retina HD is totally hilarious.

42. AlikMalix unregistered

Well, samsung is taking it literally and in effect lying to consumers (again) when making their commercials when they tell you to throw away your charging cables (remember that conversation we had earlier). Pad-Charging is not wireless charging, do you hold your phone against the router while using Wi-Fi? No. Let me know when your phone is charging without cables while you're walking around the room - then its WIRELESS!.. Because if attaching it to a pad to charge is "wireless" then what are we gonna call when our devises have ability to charge over the air? And dont act like induction charging is some hi-tech mumbo-jumbo... because that makes my toothbrush as advanced as the Samsung S6.. Now, why Retina-HD is, like... OMG "totaly hilarious"?

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh? Did you not read my previous post? Samsung didn't name it. Nokia wireless charging pads are called wireless charging pads. Googles wireless charging pad for the Nexus 5 is called just that. It's a standard. Questioning the name is like questioning why is network speeds called 3G or 4g. They can call it whatever it wants and if you have a problem with it, ask the creator, not Samsung. And you wonder why people ignore 99% of your post,mits drivel like what you just wrote that doesn't make any sense. Lol it's hilarious because it's a stupid contradictory name. HD itself on a screen smaller than 4.7inches is already over 300ppi, the retina claim. So to tack retina in front of HD is hilarious stupid. Almost as bad as naming a standard 8mp camera eyesight... Snicker... Eyesight.

45. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am not eating up anything, like I said before, it's called wireless charging universally, whether you agree with it or not. You on the other hand, are obviously eating Apple's laughable terms hook line and sinker.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey taters, just curious. Which marketing terms do you find "laughably bad" from Apple?

37. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

According to what I've been reading lately, he seems like he's been single for way too long...

17. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Yeah, really do wonder what use there is for this. There were gimmicky 3D cameras in the past, but dual camera set ups are too niche and dont really have much use in real life situations.

20. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

The point of doing this? Well my friend, the point would be to charge a higher price to consumers....

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Has the iPhone changed price since the 3GS?

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

HA! GOT EEEM!

38. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Got nothin...some of us don't live on this site....

50. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am pretty sure it has, where I live at least. In fact, it has probably increased every year.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There are a lot of legitimate uses for dual camera setups. One with small pixels to get details and one with bigger to get lighting, for instance.

29. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

What? rather than do that why not just stick a larger sensor in with a higher mp rating. then you get more light and more resolution... Source: ex-freelance photographer.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Size limitations of current tech. It's difficult to fit a 20mp camera with large pixels in a phone. With the proper algorithms, you could have the best camera for all situations with two sensors with different purposes.

35. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it's not possible without light there's no pixels and with low pixels small lens there's not enough light that's why dual cams have the same hardware and since their the same they take the same pic so not so much useful.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What? I can't even tell what you're trying to say here. You absolutely can have differing cameras.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

There were fingerprint sensors before iPhone, also.. And were gimmicky and not really functional. After Apple properly built-in a fingerprint sensor and gave it functions like paying and verifying info - all of a suddenly everyone followed. If Apple introduced dual camera or w/e, I can bet you $100 it will become standard and everyone will know how to do it properly and start implementing apples way. Phablets were gimmicy too until Samsung made the same strides now it's a common thing and even Apple followed that trend. In this case Samsung made the proper utilization of a phablet - and Everyone followed. This happens for a reason - once someone gets it right - everyone else goes for it. First doesn't mean best, in my opinion doing something right gets the "first" title.

30. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

But the thing is that your examples all had legitimate uses and filled greater needs once they were refined. I really dont see much use in a dual camera other than 3D effects and focus shifting (like a lytro camera). Again I'm not saying Apple can't make a really well refined feature, but rather that the dual camera is limited in its purpose. I'd much prefer if they put in a larger sensor instead of wasting space with two smaller sensors.

33. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

A dual camera don't offer 3d effect since there's no Angel between those it's also bout very effective in picturing dual focus maybe overall a larger lens and website will do a lot better not to mention the optimization and software and hardware requirement to make use of two camera at the same time.

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