Apple Inc. sold the iPhone 6S for the first time on Friday September 25. By the start of business on Monday we’ll know what kind of start the device got off to in terms of sales, and how the firm should fare for the next twelve months. For those 200M people that bought into the iPhone 6, however, the iPhone 6S holds little appeal.
Their next upgrade won’t hit for another year with the release of the iPhone 7. Most smart phone buyers don’t care that much about how much money Apple is going to earn this quarter, or how many people will end up with the phone. They care about how Apple is going to make their lives better. It’s likely that the iPhone 7, the culmination of many Cupertino projects, could do just that.
iPhone 7 specs begin to roll in
The Apple rumor machine never stops, and long before the iPhone 6S was released we were seeing a lot of stories about how the iPhone 8 and iPhone 9 might look and what sort of crazy features the future might bring. As we get closer and closer to the release date of the iPhone 7, however, we are getting a clearer and clearer view of the iPhone 7 specs and release date.
First the boring stuff. We’re sure that the iPhone 7 specs will include a new chip. Every single smart phone release from Apple has come with a new version of the firm’s core processing tech, and the next release won’t be any different. The new chip, like all before, will be faster and have much better graphics capability.
RAM, which was boosted to 2 GB this year, will likely stay the same, as will the camera which saw a boost to 12MP this time around. The fingerprint sensor and 3D Touch may be improved, but they’ll stay the same at their core as will the way the buttons are arranged on the smart phone.
The iPhone 7 specs will surely include a brand new design from Apple as all full releases have done in the past. We’re not expecting the size of screens on offer to be changed, though Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that the firm will indeed change the shape of the body of the iPhone 7.
The next smart phone from Apple, breaking from the trend set by the thicker 2015 release, will measure 6.0mm-6.5mm from face to back says Kuo. He’s the top source for Apple rumors across the world, and his is the name you should be looking for in the weeks and months ahead for iPhone 7 specs and rumors.
In order to make the device thinner Apple may have to make some changes to the way the ports on the iPhone 7 work. The device my have to change its headphones, or get rid of them altogether in favor of a wireless solution. Changing the classic 3.5mm headphone jack could be a big move from the firm, but Jony Ive has never been a fan of industry standards holding back his design ideas.
We know that Apple has been working with curved displays for quite some time, and the firm has made quite a few patent filings that relate to the space. The iPhone 7 specs may bring a curved screen to the device for the first time, but that, despite what other outlets are reporting, doesn’t seem all that likely just yet.
We will likely see some sort of movement on the screen in the next release, however. Apple might want to boost the resolution on the screen in order to compete with the full-HD offered by the likes of Samsung. 2015 was the year in which Apple focused on the camera while neglecting the screen. Once we see the iPhone 7 specs it seems the opposite will be true.
iPhone 7 release date seems clear
Apple had a hard time building the fingerprint reader for the iPhone 5S, the larger screen for the iPhone 6 Plus, and the 3d Touch module for the iPhone 6S. All three of the recent launches from the firm came in September, and there’s no reason to think that will change this time around.
Tim Cook seems to have found a sweet spot for the iPhone 7 release date, and he’s likely to stick to it in 2016. We’re going to be expecting, even as rumors of delays in production of the next chip, or the next major feature become common, the iPhone 7 release date to hit in almost exactly one year’s time.
There’s always a chance that Apple will run into problems with the iPhone 7 release date, but for those with smart phone contracts heading toward an end, Tim Cook and his team are very likely to stick to the traditional release date for the iPhone 7, and that’s the time line you should be using to make your plans.
Waiting for the iPhone 7 release date
With the iPhone 6S out there, those waiting for the iPhone 7 release date may have a hard couple of weeks ahead. They can take solace in the fact that the latest release from Tim Cook and his team is just a stepping stone on a journey that should be almost complete by the time the next device from the firm arrives.
Apple is working on building out a network of software that will make many aspects of its users’ lives easier. HomeKit, HealthKit, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and the coming TV Streaming service are, for the time being, nascent versions of the “digital matrix” they will become.
Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald calls this system “Planet Apple” and he thinks it will transform the way people think about the firm from here on out. For the time being most of Apple’s services are still only half-finished.
By the time of the iPhone 7 release date we should really be able to see what the firm is able to do. For the year ahead, those with an iPhone 6, or an older version of the Apple smart phone, can rest easy knowing that the best is yet to come.
Most of the functions of the iPhone 6S can be gotten with the simple download of iOS 9, and the rest is likely worth missing in favor of shelling out on the iPhone 7. The next smart phone is set to tie the Apple world together; that’s worth waiting for.