Apple iPhone 7 Amps Up User’s Camera Experience Like Never Before with LinX Imaging Technology

Just when everybody thought that they’ve seen it all, Apple reveals a massive shake up with their upcoming flagship phone, the iPhone 7.

Reports are recently surfacing that the handset, which is due to be out this September, will be battling out for the smartphone camera supremacy category.

Apple Insider reports that KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kou has released a note to investors containing some details about the next-generation iPhone.

In the note, Kou stated that in April of last year, the tech giant has made a $20 million purchase of the camera technology company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.

In doing so, Apple acquired technologies enabling the use of multiple cameras which can combine their outputs into a single image with claimed DSLR-like quality.

Apple has been trying to get the dual-camera solution for the past three years already and now that they have purchased LinX, that technical barrier seems out of their way already.

In late 2014, Apple pundit John Gruber mentioned that he has been hearing about a work on the dual-lens camera system for a future iPhone.

Kou claims that the Cupertino-based company is ready to incorporate the dual-lens camera technology in the iPhone 7 and its larger version, the iPhone 7 Plus.

According to Mac Rumors, LinX’s multi-aperture camera packs impressive image quality in smaller sizes than single aperture cameras.

This means that if the technology will be built in the iPhone 7, the mobile device may lack a protruding camera lens and shall be able to take DSLR-quality photos such as that of Canon or Nikon.

The camera modules are also capable of very interesting technology called 3D depth mapping and more.

The Verge notes that 3D depth mapping has a number of useful applications such as 3D scanning of objects, sizing of objects, background removal or replacement, and gesture recognition.

The Verge also takes note of the advantages that the camera experience will be if iPhone 7 takes its camera to the next level of quality.

Images captured with LinX camera are brighter and clearer with significantly reduced noise levels compared to that of high-end smartphones. This means that the available detail, when a particular photo is zoomed, will be greater.

The LinX sensor also lets in more light than that of the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s also able to significantly improve low light performance by using multiple channels to increase the sensitivity of its camera for better detail.

Furthermore, LinX technology keeps the exposure times short to cut down on the motion blurring that can impact photo quality in conditions where lighting is not optional.

Basically, LinX technology doesn’t have to compromise between pixel size and resolution, as it can use small pixels but still let in an adequate amount of light.

With this, Kou predicts that the devices will come with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, one with an image-stabilized wide angle and another one with a two to three times telephoto lens.

The analyst also predicts that the two-lens camera design might somehow enable optical zoom, allowing the phone to narrow its field of view without losing image quality.

Forbes reports that Apple isn’t the first one to implement a dual camera system in a smartphone, but previous attempts of such have been met with varying degrees of success.

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Both HTC and Honor have released phone models with dual rear cameras only to return to a single-camera set-up in the future models.

Apple has been mum on whether they will take the huge step with the iPhone 7 or further develop the technology into future devices.

However, earlier this month, a patent application of some of the ideas the company has been exploring has been revealed. In it, the company was revealed to be exploring ideas for a two-camera setup.

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