iPhone 7 rumored to include revolutionary new camera, but there's a catch

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iphone-7.jpgIf a new report is to be believed, there's at least one thing about the iPhone 7's new camera setup that's really going to make some users really happy, but others a little bit angry.

Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has been very accurate over the years with iPhone predictions. The analyst is back with a new note for investors, seen by 9to5Mac, that further details the iPhone 7's camera.

According to Kuo, Apple is preparing a dual camera system that should bring optical zoom to the iPhone - a recent patent discovery does detail such a camera setup, so it's certainly believable.

However, not all iPhone 7 versions will get the dual-camera setup that's been rumored before for the future of the iPhone. This camera advancement will be reserved for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus only, the analyst believes. And it might not even make it to all Plus versions, but only to a premium version of the phone.

Kuo says that one of the two cameras will feature optical image stabilization (OIS) and a wide field of view while the second one will be a telephoto lens with a narrower field of view. 9to5Mac reminds us that Apple did purchase a camera tech company (LinX) whose software innovations might be used with a dual-camera setup.

Kuo notes that about 30% of iPhone 7 shipments will be equipped with a dual-camera system. Assuming the report is correct, this would be the first time the regular and "Plus" versions of a new iPhone are significantly different. So far, the only thing iPhone Plus buyers got, aside from the bigger display and battery, was OIS on the main camera.