Apple Inc. is keeping a tight lid on its plans for the iPhone 7 specs and release date, and the secrecy is making fertile ground for a whole lot of rumors about the device. We’ve seen a lot of crazy hopes for the iPhone 7 specs in concepts, and even in some analysts reports. It turns out, according to the most credible source on the Apple supply chain, that a lot of those rumors are wrong.
Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, in a report published this week, revealed that it’s not likely the iPhone 7 specs will include an AMOLED screen. The low power screen tech was rumored to feature in an Apple phone for the first time next year, but Mr. Kuo says that Foxconn, a major Apple supplier, is building a new $4B LTPS TFT-LCD factory. The idea casts doubt on a lot of other iPhone 7 rumors at the same time.
iPhone 7 specs rumors seem wrong
Mr. Kuo is the most credible analyst following the next gen of Apple tech, and his reputation for getting iPhone 7 specs right is based on a concrete history. Before anyone else had a handle on the iPhone 6S, Mr. Kuo pretty much summed up the device. He tends to know what’s going on behind the scenes, and he has little problem sharing that info with the world.
Though most users likely don’t care whether the iPhone 7 specs include a screen that’s IPS or AMOLED, it may have far-reaching effects on what the iPhone 7 will look like. Some of the early, more out there, iPhone 7 specs said that it would have a bent screen much like that found in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge or the BlackBerry PRIV.
Apple has patents for that kind of screen, but most of the tech out there right now relies on OLED tech being used in the screen. If Apple isn’t planning a move to OLED or AMOLED displays any time soon, then it doesn’t seem likely that the firm will be able to make a screen that bends and put it in the iPhone 7.
Apple Inc. screen changes in doubt
If Apple isn’t going to put a bendable screen in the iPhone 7, it may be less likely that the firm will give its make its next major smartphone release an edge to edge display. The only rumors we’ve seen about Apple doing that have been from some less than reputable sources.
The most well known voice to speak up on the idea of Apple getting rid of the Home button so far is Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray. He’s well known for getting just as many Apple supply chain guesses wrong as he gets right, and it seems that he’s taking a cautious approach when it comes to a major change in the Apple display.
He said in a recent report that there was about a 50 percent chance that Apple is going to remove the Home button in the iPhone 7 specs. Right now that doesn’t seem all that likely, given Apple’s apparent intention to stick to its old screen tech.
There’s lots of other reasons, of course, why Apple may not be ready to do away with the physical button at the center of the iPhone experience, but it seems clear that Mr. Kuo’s report lessens the likelihood of a major change on that front this time around. Apple may still do just that in a later smart phone release, but it seems that the iPhone specs will include the same Home button people know and love.
The screen tech also reflects on some of the other changes that Apple was rumored to make with the iPhone 7. It seems that the firm won’t be able to drop power usage, through the screen at least, as hoped. that means that any power savings made by the next gen A10 chip will likely end up being used to make the iPhone 7 thinner.
Mr. Kuo, in an earlier report on the iPhone 7 specs, says that it will be the thinnest smart phone that Apple has ever put on the market. He reckons that the device will measure between 6 and 6.5mm.
iPhone 7 release date isn’t likely to come early
In an earlier report Mr. Kuo also cleared up an unlikely story about the iPhone 7 release date. Apple Insider, quoting a source it said has been reliable in the past, said last week that Apple may be planning to release the iPhone 7 early next year, straying from its established September release cycle.
Mr. Kuo says, however, that Apple is planning to stick to a third quarter production run up, as it has done in recent years. That adds a lot of weight to the idea that Apple is going to put the iPhone 7 release date squarely inside its traditional September window.
Another rumor, this time dealing with the mini iPhone 7 release date, also came from Mr. Kuo. He says that Apple will release an update to its 4 inch smart phones some time in the first half of 2016. The idea that Apple could set the iPhone 7 release date early may have been a conflation of the mini iPhone release date, in the early part of next year, and that of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
We still can’t be sure when Apple will set the iPhone 7 release date, or if the rumored iPhone 7 specs really are off the table. We’ll be waiting for each new report from Mr. Kuo in order to give us some insight into the process in Cupertino, and around the world.
It’s very early days yet for rumors about the iPhone 7 specs and release date. We still don’t know a lot about what Apple plans to do with its next device, and much of the info that comes out each week relies on dodgy sources, and less than exact supply chain data. Year on year we’ve seen these sorts of rumors proved wrong.
It now seems that the early rumors about the iPhone 7 specs were wrong. Apart from the limited info we’ve gotten from Mr. Kuo, which suggests three new phones in 2016, a super thin iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus with 3GB of RAM, we have little concrete to go on.