All speculations related to the iPhone seem to agree that Apple will launch three iPhones in 2017 ; A radically redesigned iPhone 8, and two successors for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. A very puzzling speculation from Asia now claims that Apple is working on a 5-inch iPhone that will feature a vertical dual camera.
The iPhone 8 has been rumored to have a display of around 5 inches, not counting the side curves. The device is also speculated to have a dual-lens rear camera just like the iPhone 7 Plus.
A Japanese blog Macotakara claims that a 5-inch iPhone is in the works for next year, without specifying any of its specifications. This may be the iPhone 8, but the report doesn’t say if it sports an all-glass design (front and rear) and whether it’ll feature a bezel-less display on the front.
Macotakara says the 5-inch iPhone would be similar in specs to the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus that are also in the making.
As for that vertical dual camera, I can only imagine at this time. No other iPhone 8 report or leak has ever mentioned the orientation of the dual camera.
The main reason the iPhone 7 does not have a dual camera is that it might not fit inside it. A 5-inch iPhone would certainly be wider than the iPhone 7, but not as wide as the iPhone 7 Plus. It would also be longer than the iPhone 7. This might let Apple use a vertical dual camera setup on a 5-inch iPhone, whether it’ll be called the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s.
The dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus uses its two lenses not just for added zoom, but also to enable a “Portrait mode” that emulates the shallow depth-of-field found in far more expensive (and bigger!) SLR and mirrorless cameras. Putting that kind of capability in every single new iPhone would be a serious move by Apple to make the iPhone’s camera better than ever.
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