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Allegedly, two of the three models in Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup will feature dual-lens camera setups, according to a new report. The rumor comes from KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted that Cupertino will release three new models of iPhone in 2017 in a note to investors. Those three models include a 5.5-inch refresh equipped with an OLED display, and two versions with LCD displays — a 4.7-inch model, and a 5.5-inch model, respectively. The larger versions will have dual-lens camera setups, Kuo predicted, but the 4.7-inch LCD model won’t. The note was first released Tuesday, and obtained by AppleInsider.
So while that means you won’t have to buy the most expensive iPhone to get your hands on a dual-lens smartphone camera next year, it does mean that fans of the smaller 4.7-inch form factor will be out of luck as far as getting the updated camera setup. Kuo predicts that up to 75 percent of iPhones shipped next year will have dual-lens camera setups, and he expects more iPhone users to start gravitating toward larger iPhones next year — partly due to the strong sales of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Kuo’s prediction that three iPhone models will be released also lines up pretty well with another report, published by Nikkei Asian Review back in August. It’s worth noting that it would be odd for Apple to release two versions of a Plus-style larger model. Analysts predicted that Cupertino would do the same thing with 2016’s iPhone 7 lineup, but that obviously didn’t happen. So while Kuo is one of the best Apple analysts in the business, it’s probably smart to take his forecast with a grain of salt.
While nothing about next year’s iPhone refresh is set in stone, there have been a wide range of rumors concerning the device. Apple’s 2017 handset — which will be released around the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone — is largely expected to have an entirely new design with an edge-to-edge, bezel-less screen and a glass back. Other rumors — including Kuo’s — also predict that two models with traditional LCD displays will be released alongside the new flagship, potentially under a different moniker.
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[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]