Apple Inc. is still working on growth in the rest of its hardware business but despite what it throws at the world, all people seem to care about is the firm’s iPhone 7 specs. The smart phone won’t arrive for more than a year, but there’s already tons of rumors out there about the next Apple handset.
One thing is clear. The iPhone 7 is going to be much better than the iPhone 6S, and given that the device is less than a year away, it seems that, for most people on a tight budget, it’s surely worth waiting for. Here are the iPhone 7 specs that will make the device the best thing Apple has ever done, and well worth spending another year with your well-loved iPhone 4S.
Apple Inc. iPhone 7 gets speed, battery bump
Apple keeps tight control about the chips it puts into each and every iPhone, and with good reason. The firm designs its own architecture for the processors that power its handsets, and it wants to keep those secrets from the firms it competes with.
We know that Apple is going to give the chip a big boost next year in the iPhone 7 specs, but some sources suggested it could be more than just “big.” Apple is, according to leaks from Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, set to put a chip with six cores inside the iPhone 7.
That means that the next chip won’t only be fast, it will also be very considerate with power use. When you’re not up to much, smaller cores will be ticking away keeping your phone up to date. When you really need the best out of your phone, in the midst of a game, the big cores will fire up and perform better than anything else.
The power-saving features of such a chip might be very welcome indeed. While Apple is making a lot of software changes in order to ensure power lasts longer on the iPhone 6S, the firm isn’t quite there yet. The iPhone 7 will, if Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is believed, be the thinnest handset Apple has ever made.
That likely means the power pack is going to be the smallest Apple has ever put into a handsets, and it’s going to need a lot of support from software, and hardware, in order to get through a full day of work.
Apple perfects 3D Touch
Apple has released 3D Touch, and most people think it’s a pretty good way to use the iPhone 6S. Once the iPhone 7 arrives, however, it’s going to be a much more useful feature. Right now the handset makes good use of the tech, but it’s nothing to write home about. As third party devs mess with the feature, however, it’s bound to become more and more vital.
This has lead Wall Street experts like Gene Munster to declare that Apple will, in fact, decide to put 3D Touch at the heart of the iPhone 7 specs. In his view there’s actually a 50 percent chance that Apple will actually do away with the Home Button in the iPhone 7 and make 3D Touch the prime method of control.
50 percent is pushing it. There’s a lot of reasons that Apple may be held back from putting 3D Touch in control of all features of its hardware. 3D Touch is, however, going to be great by the time the iPhone 7 arrives. Unless you really need to show off the latest and greatest, having the tech now isn’t worth it. Having it next year might change the way you use consumer devices forever.
Retina isn’t enough for the iPhone 7
Apple had a story about displays. It told the world that Retina was just as good as any display could be because your eyes can’t perceive the pixels beyond that density. The firm broke its own rules with the release of the iPhone 6 Plus and showed off a screen with a higher pixel density that was clearly better than that in the iPhone 6.
That means that there’s a good chance we’ll see a change in screen on the iPhone 7 specs list. The iPhone 6S Plus resolution comes in at 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi. For the iPhone 7 we’ll be looking for ppi that hits that number, and perhaps exceeds it.
Quite a lot of other phone makers have put panels with full HD, 1920×1080 pixels, in phones around the same size as the iPhone 6S. Apple could do just that, but the firm has resisted it thus far. Here’s hoping that the higher screen quality, made possible by some other changes at Apple, becomes part and parcel of the iPhone 7.
Density may not be the only thing that changes in the iPhone 7. Rumor has it that Cupertino is thinking about putting a new OLED screen in its next major device.
The firm has been rumored to be thinking about using OLED in the iPhone 7 as it can be thinner, and lighter, than the firm’s current screen tech. Here’s hoping we get a major display overhaul this time around, because it’s one area in which Apple is falling behind.
iPhone 7 release date isn’t really that far away
For those that didn’t go out and buy the iPhone 6S in the last few weeks there’s bound to be a reason for putting the purchase off. For most it’s likely that a cell contract is keeping them from getting the next major upgrade. That means it’s likely to be weeks, or months, before most people will be able to buy a phone, and the iPhone 7 release date is getting ever closer.
Apple will likely stick to the release schedule it’s followed for several recent years this time around. That means that we’re likely to see the iPhone 7 release before the end of September 2016, but likely no earlier than the middle of the month.
Right now that puts us a little less than eleven months away from the iPhone 7 release date. It’s clear from the rumored specs of the next Apple handset that it might be worth waiting for. That’s going to be up to each and every smartphone lover to decide for themselves, however.
For most, the iPhone 7 specs are going to blow away those of the iPhone 6S. All that’s worth deciding right now is whether the wait can be handled, or whether Apple’s new upgrade plan, which gives access to a new iPhone each year, is worth it.