Here’s what we know about the iPhone 7 so far!
Apple plans to release its next-generation iPhone in the fall of 2016, and with a launch date fast approaching, details about the new device have been leaking out at a rapid pace.
It could be a big change this year, as the iPhone 6S is underwhelming because it doesn’t bring anything amazing aside from fancy new 3D Touch technology. But Apple always goes bigger on the non-S variants so we’re hoping for big changes both in and out.
Every rumor we’ve heard about the iPhone 7’s look suggests it will be a modest update that continues to use a design similar to the design of the iPhone 6s. It is said to have the same general shape as the iPhone 6s, but it may have a camera that protrudes less. Antenna bands across the back of the device have been removed, but are expected to remain at the top, bottom, and sides of the iPhone.
Some rumors suggest Apple is aiming to make the iPhone 7 up to 1mm thinner, perhaps through the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and the implementation of a thinner Lightning port, but other rumors suggest the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have a body that is the same thickness as the iPhone 6s. Additionally you can see a dual-camera setup and a Smart Connector, which suggests these are actually for the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple wouldn’t be the first company to ditch the 3.5mm jack, we’ve seen Moto and LeEco do the same, and this has caused quite an outrage among users.
The next-generation iPhone is expected to be called the iPhone 7 and we are expecting Apple to continue offering two versions of the iPhone, 5.5 and 4.7-inch displays, we will also see an iPhone 7 Plus. There have been some rumors suggesting Apple could alter its standard numbered naming convention, instead calling at least one model of the 2016 iPhone the “iPhone Pro,” but it is unclear at this point if those rumors are accurate.
However Apple’s first move will surely be getting both handsets up to 1080p sharpness, as has also been rumored and we’d still bet on seeing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. one rumor states it will be 2017’s model – the iPhone 7S – that’s the first Apple phone to feature an OLED display.
3D Touch is bound to make a return, though it’s likely to be improved in some way, perhaps by enabling you to scroll through the previews of content you ‘peek’ into, rather than just having static previews.
Camera and Battery:
Apple overhauled its camera tech for the iPhone 6S, replacing its old 8MP snapper with a shiny new 12MP one and boosting the front-facing camera up to 5MP.
Given that Apple tends to stick with camera components for a long time we wouldn’t expect to see a change in megapixels for the iPhone 7, but there’s a good chance it will have performance tweaks and additional features to help set it apart.
The poorer battery life was one of the greatest failings of the iPhone 6S, so we’re really hoping for some improvements here. There isn’t any specific battery related leak available yet.
iOS and Power:
iPhone 7 is being groomed to launch alongside iOS 10, and it’s a tremendous feature upgrade over iOS 9.3. It’ll introduce a much smarter Siri that can command third-party apps, new Messaging functionality and an convenient Raise to Wake way of lighting up the phone.
There are rumours on Weibo that suggest the phone will pack a hexa-core Apple A10 chip. The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 may ship with 2GB of RAM, while the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus may ship with 3GB RAM. 3GB of RAM in the iPhone 7 Plus will reportedly be used to compensate for the increased image processing demands of the dual-lens camera. DigiTimes has also reported that at least one iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model will start at 3GB RAM.
In the iPhone 7, Apple is rumored to be dropping the entry-level 16GB storage tier in favor of a starting storage tier of 32GB. With this change, the entry-level models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to start at 32GB.
Other Notable Features:
Apple is said to be sourcing some LTE modems for the iPhone 7 from Intel, perhaps adopting the Intel 7360 LTE modem and introducing faster LTE speeds on the device. The chip features faster theoretical downlink speeds of up to 450 MB/s, uplink speeds of up to 100 MB/s, and support for LTE category 10 and 29 bands.
With the Lightning port being used for music playback, there will be no way to charge the iPhone 7 while headphones are plugged in, which has sparked some speculation about wireless charging. According to one rumor, Apple is exploring wireless charging technology that could potentially be included in the iPhone 7.
According to Evleaks, a highly reliable source on pre-release iOS devices, the 2016 iPhone will be released during the week of September 12, specifically on Friday, September 16. This date would be in line with past iPhone release dates. Pre-orders are rumored to be starting on September 9, suggesting an iPhone event could take place on September 6 or September 7.
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