iPhone 7 Plus might double up on rear cameras

Apple could change its camera game

iPhone 6 Plus

With the launch of the iPhone 7 still months away, an analyst expects one version of the new Apple handset to sport a dual-camera system.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will include two cameras on the back of the bigger iPhone 7 Plus to produce higher-quality images and allow for optical zoom, according to a report from 9to5Mac.

It's unclear how the system would work, but the report claims one camera could potentially support optical image stabilization and a wide field of view, and the other would sport a telephoto lens that has a narrower field of view, with the ability to combine the two images together to create a clearer image.

Combining the two images could also allow Apple to use smaller sensors, meaning the handset could maintain a thinner profile without a camera bump.

Two better than one?

While this isn't the first time we've heard rumors of Apple playing with dual cameras for the iPhone, there's no guarantee Apple will release an iPhone with two rear cameras this year.

After all, rumors of a dual-camera-toting iPhone began early last year, before the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were launched.

In fact, Kuo thinks Apple could be developing two models of the larger handset – one with the dual-camera system and one without – meaning that we might not see a dual camera at all, or that Apple is thinking about releasing two separate Plus models (not very likely).

Still, with more than half a year left until Apple's big annual iPhone event, we suggest taking all this with a grain of salt.

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