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Those iPhone 7 camera rumours? Hogwash, say analysts

Doubtful analysts have slammed yesterday’s rumours that Apple has decided against a dual-lens camera for the iPhone 7.

A report from the China Times published on Thursday suggested that Apple had scrapped plans to introduce a dual-lens camera to the iPhone 7 – specifically the larger rumoured iPhone 7 Plus. The report didn’t name its sources, but some market watchers suggest it was enough to cause stock prices to fall for a number of firms reportedly involved in the manufacturing, including LG Innotek, Japan’s Alp Electric, and Taiwan’s Largan Precision.

Now, analysts have spoken out against the original report, saying that it’s very unlikely Apple would make such a key design change so late in the game, as reported by investment site Barrons. A note from Morgan Stanley reads:

“While we don’t rule out the possibility that Apple could change the spec just two months before the iPhone 7 launch, we are unsure about the reliability of the source of the information, and our checks with the supply chain suggest so far there have been no changes to order forecasts for [the second half of 2016].”

CLSA, meanwhile, said:

“Our analysts spoke to Alps and LG Innotek, which both denied the speculation. Such a last-minute spec change is unlikely as we believe dual cameras will be a key feature for Apple. Moreover, suppliers have expanded capacity already and look confident to begin mass production next month.”

iPhone 7 9Credit for this image and header image: Martin Hajek, designer

Rumours that Apple is plotting a significant camera upgrade for the iPhone 7 have been circulating for the past few weeks. It’s alleged that Apple has already placed a high number of orders for a dual-lens camera for the bigger of the two iPhone models expected to launch this September.

Apple hasn’t made any official comment on the matter, but a number of different publications have cited industry sources suggesting the design change will go ahead. The iPhone 7 is expected to boasts minimal modifications compared to the iPhone 6S, so improvements to the camera could be one way to appease prospective phone buyers.

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