iPhone sales to decline in 2016 but Apple will pick up the slack in 2017 with iPhone 8, analysts say
iPhone sales to decline in 2016 but Apple will pick up the slack in 2017 with iPhone 8, analysts sayReuters

Apple might be months away from launching the next iteration of its flagship iPhone series, but rumours are pointing out the possible features that could be seen in the new devices at launch. Adding to the pile of leaked reports, a fresh image of the rumoured iPhone 7 Plus shows dual-lens cameras setup in the iPhone 7 Plus, according to MacRumors via a Chinese website Bastille Post.

The leaked image also shows the antenna lines have been removed completely from the rear cover, repositioning them along the top and bottom edges. There are three dots at the bottom of the device, which, according to the report, could be used for a Smart Connector. A single LED flash and a microphone appear on their regular positions right next to the rear camera.

Adding more weight to the floating rumours, Pocketnow collectively displayed six different camera modules leaked on several Taiwanese websites that could be seen in the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus. There are arguments whether the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 would feature the same camera system, but the latest leak suggests at least one of the two models will sport an advanced camera.

Dual-lens camera would deliver better results than the standard single-lens set-up. Both lenses would feature 12-megapixel sensors, one of which would have wide-angle coverage with Optical Image Stabilisation while the other would have optical zoom for magnifying subjects by up to three times, CNET reported.

The technology used in the advance camera setup in upcoming iPhone would utilise LinX, an Israeli start-up which it bought last year for a reported $20 million. LinX has expertise in creating high-quality images from small lenses.

Apple is widely expected to improve the camera in its new iPhones, which won't be launched until September this year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted earlier this year that the iPhone 7 Plus would arrive in two variants, one with a single camera and another with a dual camera.

Other possible features expected to be seen in the new iPhones include waterproof build, wireless charging, new and upgraded processor and a new 256GB storage option. There have been conflicts about Apple planning to remove 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhones with an aim to make them slimmer. But there is no confirmation from the company, so it is best to take these rumours with a pinch of salt.

In the coming week, Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone SE with 4-inch display and a new iPad Pro. The 4-inch variant was shown in a leaked video this week and is said to draw close resemblance from the iPhone 6 and 6s series.