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Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 Plus is expected to be a huge improvement over its predecessors in many ways — one of which could be its camera quality. According to the latest information from the reliable KGI Securities, the device will have dual rear-facing cameras with optical zoom.

If you’ve ever used zoom on a standard smartphone (not counting Samsung’s Galaxy K Zoom), then you’ll know it’s pretty terrible. Digital zoom essentially enlarges a portion of your image, losing detail at the same time. Most people simply avoid it.

But according to KGI, Apple wants to change that by delivering optical zoom — the same kind of zoom you get with a digital camera, where the lens actually moves back and forth. It’s thought the company is aiming for 2-3x magnification.

There is one big downside, though: KGI says this will be reserved for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, and not available on the smaller model. In fact, it may not even be available on all iPhone 7 Plus variants, with Apple expected to offer a high-end model that includes special camera features.

Another one of those features could be a dual-sensor system, which will use two cameras to deliver better images. One could provide optical image stabilization and a wide field of view, while the other could have a telephoto lens for a narrower field of view, KGI says.

Apple has been toying with the idea of dual cameras for a while, as demonstrated in various patents, and its acquisition of LinX, a company that specialized in building “miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices.”

It seems having multiple iPhone 7 Plus variants — plus a smaller iPhone 7, plus an even smaller ‘iPhone 5se‘ — could be incredibly confusing. It’s unlikely too many customers will be happy with having to pay a premium for a better camera, either.

While KGI is normally reliable, then, we’ll wait until Apple makes the iPhone 7 official in September before reading too much into these claims. We would like the see a much-improved iPhone camera with extras features, but we don’t want four iPhone options to choose from.

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Founder and Chief Editor of Colabyte, Jitendra Malviya likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does!

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