According to DigiTimes sources, Largan Technology and other camera lens makers in Japan and China have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing. We have heard multiple times over the past few months that Apple plans on including dual-lens camera setup on at least one variant of the iPhone 7.
The report also claims that since Taiwan-based Largan Technologies currently supplies Apple with over 60 percent of its camera lens supply needs, the company is looking for other dual-lens camera suppliers to diversify its supply-chain.
Taiwan-based Largan Technology as well as Japan- and China-based camera lens makers have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Apple is reportedly planning to adopt a dual-lens camera for its next-generation iPhone Plus.
This is not the first time that we are hearing Apple considering going for a dual-lens camera setup on the iPhone. Reports indicate that the company plans on going in for a dual-lens camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, with its smaller sibling coming with only a single lens solution, likely due to space constraints.
Many Android OEMs have previously used dual-lens camera setup on their smartphones, though they met with limited success. For example, HTC used a dual-lens camera setup on the One M8 and One M9, with the secondary depth sensor making it possible to change the focus from one subject to another after shooting the photo.
It will be interesting to see how Apple uses the dual-lens camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus to further improve the imaging performance on the handset.