Apple Inc. is getting the firm’s iPhone 7 design ready for production right now. Though we’re still more than ten months away from the likely iPhone 7 release date, we’ve seen plenty of rumors about the specs of the device. However, nailing down anything as a fact at this point is as difficult as nailing a jello cube to the wall.
Here’s a run down of all of the iPhone 7 specs that have been rumored so far, and a look at how much stock should be put in recent stories. We’ve still got a long way to run before any of the iPhone 7 release date and specs rumors get clear. Here’s what we’ve heard so far, and what seems likely to come to the iPhone 7.
iPhone 7 specs drop home button
Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray reckons there’s a 50 percent chance that the iPhone 7 specs will do away with the Home button. That piece of hardware is at the center of a lot people’s experience with the iPhone, and if Apple were to do away with it, the firm would have to change a lot about the device.
If Apple is to do away with the home button the firm could put a gorgeous edge to edge display in the iPhone 7. That would mean using 3D Touch to get around almost all of the menus in the device.
TouchID is one of the major problems with removing the home button from the iPhone 7 specs. Gene Munster reckons that Apple will put the fingerprint reader on the side of the device, but we’ve seen some patents that show the firm has tech that could read prints through the screen.
It doesn’t seem likely that the iPhone 7 specs will include an edge to edge display and get rid of the Home button. There’s just too many hurdles Apple would have to jump in order to make that happen by next year. 50 percent may be about right, but a coin flip isn’t really worth betting on.
Other iPhone 7 specs roll in
There are some things we can be pretty sure about when it comes to the iPhone 7 specs. We know that the firm is going to put an A10 processor inside the device, though there’s some question about how that chip will work. It’s going to be much more powerful than the A9 chip, and some think it may even include six cores.
Recent rumors suggest that Apple will increase the RAM in the iPhone 7 Plus to 3GB, while leaving 2GB in the iPhone 7. We’ve also heard that Apple will finally get rid of the 16GB storage option in the iPhone 7 specs. That’s a big move that a lot of people have called for, and might appreciate.
The iPhone 7 specs should should include some much smaller numbers right beside some of the bigger ones. The thickness of the device is said to be between 6 and 6.5mm this time around. That’s a whole lot smaller than the most recent release, which comes in at 7.1mm.
Apple won’t put a bent screen in the iPhone 7
Apple has the tech to make the iPhone 7 display bend, but it’s not likely that the firm will put that in the device. We’ve only seen a couple of smart phones with the tech so far, and they’re not exactly flying off of the shelves.
What we may see, however, is Apple’s use of OLED in the iPhone 7 specs. Lots of rumors point to the firm changing to OLED, which is behind the bent screens in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the BlackBerry PRIV.
OLED should make the display in the iPhone 7 thinner, letting Apple shave off another little bit of thickness, and use less power. Apple may also boost the resolution of its next smart phone using the OLED tech. We know that Retina isn’t as clear as Apple claimed in the past, and it would be nice to see a 1080p screen on the next 4.7 inch smartphone out of Cupertino.
iPhone 7 release date gets questioned
It seems clear that Apple will follow the cycle of recent years with the iPhone 7 release date. That would mean we’ll see the next smart phone from Cupertino some time toward the end of September 2016. This week, however, rumors emerged from Apple Insider that put that idea in doubt.
The outlet, quoting a source that has given good info in the past, says that Apple is thinking about changing its plans for the iPhone 7 release date. Tim Cook and his team are, according to the report, thinking about pulling the launch closer.
That could mean Apple returning to a Summer release, but there’s a lot of doubt about the recent rumors. Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that Apple is still looking to ramp up production some time in the third quarter of next year. That means some time between July and September.
Mr. Kuo has a lot of credibility on iPhone rumors. He seems to get his information directly from the supply chain, and he’s been right about a lot of rumors in the past. A July-September production schedule likely means that the “normal” release date of September is still on the cards.
One of the other rumors shared by Mr. Kuo does, however, point to an early iPhone 7 release date. It won’t bring a device with no home button, but it could be something a lot of people have been waiting for.
Can there be three iPhone 7 models?
Mr. Kuo reckons that Apple will set another iPhone event for the early part of next year. The model that Apple reveals won’t replace the iPhone 6S, however. It’s going to be a 4-inch smart phone, designed for those who don’t want a device with a massive screen in their pocket all the time.
Right now those people can still pick up an older iPhone, but that comes with the limits of old hardware. The iPhone 5S doesn’t have the modern tech that people desire, and Apple may be planning a small iPhone 7 that can replace it.
Mr. Kuo has been consistent in his calls for a smaller iPhone 7 since the early part of this year. He thought, at first, that the device would arrive beside the iPhone 6S, but changed his mini iPhone 7 release date to the first half of 2016.
The mini iPhone 7 release date may be the reason for the rumor that the iPhone 7 release date will be early next year, but we won’t know for sure until we hear more about the device.
Right now there’s a whole lot we really don’t know about the iPhone 7 specs. We can say, however, that some of the iPhone 7 rumors we’ve seen in recent weeks are very unlikely to form part of the reality of the device.
Apple has a trend it usually follows, and things like a bent screen and an early release date don’t seem to fit in. As for the rest we’ll be waiting for Mr. Kuo, and the other Apple rumor mongers, to get some clear info out there before we’re able to see what the iPhone 7 specs will end up looking like.