The iPhone 7 is months away from being announced, yet more and more reports offer new details about the unreleased smartphone. Some of the most recent leaks suggest that Apple might be bringing 256GB of storage to the iPhone 7 line, as previously rumored, and that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will have a camera featuring optical image stabilization (OIS).
A set of images found on Weibo by Steve Hemmerstoffer shows purported camera and storage components for the upcoming iPhone 7. There’s a dual lens camera that’s supposedly going into the iPhone 7 Plus, and pictures of three NAND storage chips, including 16GB, 64GB and 256GB modules made by SanDisk.
While the dual lens camera rumor isn’t new, the storage chips are definitely puzzling. They seem to indicate that Apple is willing to offer users up to 256GB of storage on the most expensive iPhone 7 models, but only 16GB of memory on the entry-level models. Furthermore, a 128GB NAND flash chip isn’t even present in the following image.
However, the more reasonable explanation is that the 16GB flash module is present only to highlight the size difference between earlier SanDisk flash and new modules. In mid-March, a similar image leaked showing that SanDisk’s 256GB flash is now even smaller than the 64GB version. That image follows below.
Finally, a report from Nomura Securities a few days ago said that all 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models will have dual rear cameras. The claim seems to be in line with what a well-known Apple insider said a few weeks ago.
Nomura learned that Sony and LG will provide the camera modules for the iPhone 7 Plus, Barron’s said, but Sony is apparently falling behind schedule. Initially, it’s LG that will get the majority of orders from Apple, as Sony is facing two issues, including lower than expected yields and damages to a production facility from an earthquake in April.
The same analysts said that both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 options will have OIS cameras, which would be a first for Apple. So far, the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus are the only devices to sport OIS.