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New evidence emerges on the iPhone 7 Plus’s most hyped feature

Published Apr 4th, 2016 9:30AM EDT

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One of the most persistent rumors about Apple’s next-generation iPhones has been that at least one of the new devices will get dual rear-facing cameras. The advantage of this dual-camera setup is that it would feature both a standard wide-angle lens camera and a secondary telephoto lens that would be capable to capturing zoomed-in pictures and videos.

Intriguingly, most reports on this feature have said it will be exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus, which means that you’ll have to pay more upfront to get it. MacRumors points to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that comes the closest we’ve seen to confirming this rumor is true.

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“New iPhone shipments to be capped by similar form factor as iPhone 6s & 6s Plus,” he writes. “Top hardware upgrade is dual-camera (5.5-inch model only), though many competing models with dual-camera will launch soon, joining others already on the market; first impressions could underwhelm.”

Ming-Chi Kuo has been remarkably accurate in the past when describing details about new iPhone features, so if he’s writing this in his note there’s a good bet that Apple is at least strongly considering making the dual camera exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus.

It’s also interesting to see that he thinks the first impressions of the device could “underwhelm,” which suggests that we shouldn’t expect a major leap forward like the one we saw going from the iPhone 5s to the iPhone 6. That said, there’s still a lot of time left before Apple unveils the device and a lot could change between now and September.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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