Several reports have suggested Apple has three new iPhones to announce come September, including an iPhone 7, an iPhone 7 Plus and a possible iPhone 7 Pro. The latter two smartphones are expected to pack larger 5.5-inch screens. Some reports have suggested only one phone will have dual camera sensors on the back, and now Citi Research is adding its two cents, noting that it believes both 5.5-inch iPhone 7 units will have dual cameras.
Citi Research highlighted three companies it thinks will benefit from Apple’s new cameras, including LG Innotek which it believes will assemble the camera modules, and Sony, which it thinks will produce the image sensors. A third firm, Largan Precision, is expected to provide the camera’s lenses.
Citi Research analyst Arthur Lai is a bit concerned that Sony might not be able to meet demand due to disruptions from a recent quake in Japan, but said it can “cope with demand if module assembly starts up from around the middle of June,” noting that Sony can also lean on “Chinese plans if production is hand-assembled and not done on automated lines.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Apple added different components in the larger iPhone. The company’s iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus both offer optical image stabilization (OIS), while the smaller iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s do not.