In that report, the analyst believed that Apple already had plans to include 3GB of RAM in the 2016 flagship iPhone 7 Plus. Now, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that expectation is right on the money. The analyst has chimed in and believes that Apple has plans to go all-in with a dual-camera system for the iPhone 7 Plus, which will still feature the 5.5-inch display as seen in previous Plus iPhone models.
According to Kuo, Apple’s decision to fully adopt the dual-camera system on its 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus comes in line with the Android market adopting the technology, especially from manufacturers like Huawei — which launched the P9 with a dual-camera system not too long ago. Kuo believes other high-end phone manufacturers will adopt a dual-camera system in the future as well:
“Dual-camera to become a must-have feature for high-end smartphone. The initial market response to Huawei’s (CN) new flagship dual-camera model, P9, has been better than expected, and we estimate shipments may reach 10mn units in 2016F. In our view, more high-end smartphones will adopt this feature going forward. And, in order to maintain its leading position in the high-end market, we expect Apple will fully adopt dual-camera on the new 5.5-inch iPhone in 2H16.”
HTC managed to adopt the dual-camera system many years ago in its own flagship One series of devices, but, surprisingly enough, has actually dropped the feature from its latest flagship, the HTC 10.
As previously mentioned, Kuo now believes that Apple will also include 3GB of RAM in the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus lineup, which should make plenty of people happy. Previous rumors had suggested the iPhone 7 Plus would only boast 2GB of RAM.
This analyst report seems to line up with previously leaked blueprints for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which also indicate that Apple is including a dual-camera system on the larger model — along with a Smart Connector.
Kuo had previously said that he believed Apple would launch more than one 5.5-inch iPhone model in 2016, with a high-end unit (which has previously been rumored to be called the iPhone 7 Pro) being the only one to feature the dual-camera system. However, that has apparently changed, and we could see only one 5.5-inch iPhone this year after all.