The iPhone 8 might miss out on Apple’s dual-camera upgrade, according to a respected industry analyst.
Apple could reserve its new dual-camera setup – as debuted on the iPhone 7 Plus – for ‘Plus’ models right through until 2018, and the launch of the expected iPhone 9. That would mean that like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 would also miss out on the impressive feature.
That’s according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities with a long history of accurate predictions about Apple’s mobile business, whose latest crystal ball gazing was revealed in an investor note published by MacRumors. According to Kuo, Apple will try to keep the feature exclusive to “high-end” iPhones to justify the higher price.
Apple’s dual-camera arrangement was featured for the first time ever on the iPhone 7 Plus, announced only this Wednesday. The new photography module features a telephoto camera and a wide-angle camera, both of which work together to improve zoom capabilities and offer more advanced depth-of-field.
Here’s an excerpt from Kuo’s note:
“While an attractive addition for avid picture takers and professional photographers, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera is not a mass-market killer application yet. Along with its high cost (estimated at over US$30-40) and the necessity for Apple to enhance the added value of high-end iPhone models, we expect only high-end new iPhone models (30-40% of them) to have a dual-camera next year).
Kuo also added that he believes that the telephoto camera in the dual-camera arrangement will get optical image stabilisation (OIS) with next year’s iPhone 8. Right now, the iPhone 7 Plus only has OIS in the wide-angle camera.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 8 in September 2017. The phone is rumoured to mark a turning point for Apple’s smartphone, with several tipsters (Kuo included) suggesting we’ll see a complete design overhaul. That’s because the iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the first-generation of which launched back in 2007. Rumoured iPhone 8 features include a glass body, a flexible OLED display, and the removal of the Home button.
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