News About iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
For months, rumors have been brewing on Apple’s forthcoming products—iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Leaks are heavy on these new devices and while they are not all confirmed, a lot of people are convinced that it will bring many new features on the table. In one of Bloomberg’s reports, the successors of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will have upgraded hardware (another break from iOS 9), advanced photography capabilities, and a design that’s similar to last year’s models.
Originally, there were rumors about having a iPhone Pro to be released this year. However, the iPhone 7 Pro has been dropped and changed into iPhone 7 Plus. Now, it has been confirmed; the models will only be iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – which will replace the legacy of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The notorious phone leaker Evan Blass has tweeted that the two versions gathered the code name “Sonora” and “Dos Palos”, after the two cities of California.
When will they be released?
Apple has set a pattern of release in their previous smartphone models. However, there are also some who have deviated from the specified schedule. If the usual cycle is followed (the same as with iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and 5S, 5C, iPhone6 and iPhone 6S), then the release date of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will fall on the 6th or 13th of September 2016. Evan Blass has speculated that it will be on the 12th of September. However, the models might be up in the market at around the 16th or 23rd of the same month.
How much will the new smartphones cost?
Apple has also kept a consistent price range for their models. Based on their pricing of the last iPhone releases, iPhone 7 might start at 649$ for 32 GB storage. On the other hand, iPhone 7 Plus will be priced 749$ for 16GB storage, 849$ for 64GB storage, and 949$ for 128GB storage. There are some speculations about a model with 256GB NAND flash chip, which would come with another price. These prices are fact-base speculations, but they are not yet confirmed by Apple.
The new iPhone 7 generally has the same shape as iPhone 6S. However, the camera does not protrude as much. The antennae (banded on the back of the phone) are also removed and are only visible on its top, bottom, and sides. There will also be a longer earpiece cutout, pressure-sensitive home button, ambient light sensor, and thinner lightning port. The headphone jack is removed as iPhone 7 is aiming to go wireless. This may improve the product’s water-resistant feature.
The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, is completely flushed on both sides. The usual camera bump is no longer visible and gives a break from the usual clean aesthetic of iPhones. Like iPhone 7, it will be waterproof, too. The latest iPhone7 Plus leaks suggest that its schematics are basically the same as the iPhone 6S Plus—7.3mm, but without the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the top or bottom bezels. It also has the dual-camera setting and a smart connector.
Off to iPhone 7 Specs
Past iPhone generations usually had the same specifications, so it may be the case for the new models. Here are the things we know so far about iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ technical specs:
- Storage options
Every time Apple releases a new iPhone model, users wish that the 16GB storage option will be replaced with a 32GB. HS Technology analysts suggested that this might finally be the case with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a claim that is backed by the Wall Street Journal reporter, Joanna Stern. According to Stern the new iPhones are expected to get more space to save more photos.
Some iPhone experts bet that the new iPhone models will be featuring an A10 processor, which is specifically designed by Apple. The company has not yet disclosed any feature of this processor, but it’s been predicted that it will have six core—a great leap from dual-core systems of the previous models.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has given a clear prediction on the RAM which will be used on the next iPhones. He said that iPhone 7 might be using a 2GB of the LPDDR4 RAM, while iPhone 7 Plus will come with 3GB. This has not been confirmed yet, and considering that it took Apple several years to switch from 1GB to 2GB, the chances of this happening might be low.
Latest rumors state that the new iPhone’s specs will be connected to LiFi, which is a new wireless standard that’s 100x faster than the usual download speed. Instead of radio waves, it uses Visible Light Communication (VLC).
- Screen Size and Resolution
The standard iPhone 7 will most probably get a resolution revamp to match the 7 Plus, which is predicted to be at 1920×1080. Since screen sizes for the previous two models have been working well, they might be retained. That means 5.5 inches for iPhone 7 Plus and 4.7 inches for iPhone 7.
According to Economic Daily News, iPhone 7 Plus could also feature a 3D display. This report may have come from the news about TPK’s (Apple’s supply partner) current project on the naked eye 3D screen. However, this remains to be confirmed.
Foxconn, Apple’s supply-chain has revealed that their dual-leans camera is not yet ready. This means that neither of the two new iPhones will have this feature. However, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that it might still work because of Apple’s recent acquisition of LinX. A dual camera might be put on the back of iPhone 7 Plus (but not for iPhone 7) for optical image stabilization. LinX cameras are known to be tiny but have a quality that is at par with DSLR cameras. It’s also possible that both iPhones will have an increase in megapixel rating.
- Battery life
Apple has been able to get larger battery units in their iPhones to cater to high-resolution screens’ great demand of power. It’s been predicted that the new models will have a similar battery life as the current ones— 12 hours (with 3G connection) for iPhone 7 Plus and 10 hours for iPhone 7.
These leaks and predictions will be settled once the new iPhones are launched and released. With months away from the launching date, people can’t contain their excitement. After all, only time will tell whether iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will meet everyone’s expectations.