Usually well-informed, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has backed off from his view that only the highest end iPhone 7 Plus models would feature a Dual Camera setup. According to Ming, the Dual Camera setup on recently launched devices such as the Huawei P9 has been actually well liked by the people and therefore with some solid backing to the idea Apple would now go ahead and use a Dual Camera setup on all iPhones that come with a 5.5-inch display. He is quoted as saying:
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.
This is a clear indication, that while the smaller iPhone 7 (like the iPhone 6) will continue to have a single lens, the Plus variant will have a setup that is very similar to the likes of LG G5. We have seen the likes of HTC in the past flirt around with the idea of doing Dual Camera setup with the likes of HTC M8. It is not clear what Apple plans to use the dual lens for, as we have seen quite a few interesting concepts already.
HTC primarily used it for measuring the depth of field while taking photos and as a result you could blur the background on certain images later. LG, on the other hand, has used the setup to enable the ability to take extra wide shots from the camera and perhaps Apple would do a mix of all if comes to it.
The iPhone 7 Plus is not expected to come out anytime soon, in fact not until the last quarter of the year, but thanks to interest around the phone, the rumor mill has been churning quite a bit, and trust me it will only grow more intense as we come closer to the eventual announcement.