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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