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Details about the iPhone 7 Plus’ major camera update just leaked

Published Sep 1st, 2016 3:00PM EDT
iPhone 7 Plus Rumors Camera Specs LinX
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The iPhone 7 Plus will be the most exciting phone in Apple’s lineup this year when it comes to camera performance. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not offer the same camera experience, even though both models are going to feature better cameras than their predecessors.

Some people have speculated that the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-lens camera that will help Apple deliver a DSLR-like experience. Now a new leak may shed more light on the upcoming phablet’s major camera update.

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According to @the_malignant’s sources, the iPhone 7 Plus will have an LG G5-style 12-megapixel dual-cam module, featuring a driver chipset from Analog Devices and LinX technology.

LinX Imaging is a camera company that Apple bought for around $20 million, according to a report from April 2015. The technology LinX was working on is believed to power the dual-camera setup in the iPhone 7 Plus.

In June 2014, LinX announced that it wanted to put SLR image quality in our pockets with the help of new multi-aperture camera modules that would fit inside smartphones. “The camera modules are nearly half the height of a standard mobile camera and are capable of creating stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps,” the company wrote at the time.

Here are some of the advantages of its products, as listed by LinX before it was acquired by Apple:

  • A larger sensor requires a longer lens. Therefore, by replacing one large sensor with two or more smaller ones, we reduced the height of our device by a factor of 1.4 to 2
  • Sensitivity to light increases by a factor of 3 by using a monochrome sensor
  • Noise levels are dramatically lower
  • The effective array camera resolution is similar to the single aperture camera in high light
  • Performance and image quality in low light are extraordinary
  • Allowing a fast exposure at indoor standard lighting conditions of 100-200 lux which assures crisp images free from motion blur
  • The multi-aperture camera creates a real-time, high-quality distance map

The company also told us what features to expect from products that would incorporate LinX cameras:

  • Automatic background removal
  • Refocusing
  • High-quality control of autofocus in video mode when one of the cameras is equipped with autofocus (range finder camera)
  • Augmented reality
  • 3D object modeling
  • Distance and Sizing of objects
  • Biometric 3D face recognition

Again, these are quotes from a press release that hit the web almost a year before Apple bought LinX. Apple has a massive camera team of its own, so we can only hope that LinX’ tricks have gotten even better since then.

A video explaining LinX’s camera tech follows below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.