Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be releasing a new iPhone this fall. The web is buzzing with rumors about the iPhone 7 specs, and the release date. One analyst has given us a peek at what we can expect. He’s just released a slew of information about the new smartphone, and there are a few surprises for fans of the iPhone.
Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities takes advantage of leaks in the supply chain to inform his readers about the next big release from Tim Cook and his team. Mr. Kuo is a bit of a mystery, but it’s well known that he gets at least some of his info from sources in the Apple supply chain. There are rumors that he may have sources inside the firm itself.
Apple iPhone 7 specs build on leaks
The Apple iPhone 7 that Mr. Kuo has laid out for the world is a fully realized version of next-gen smartphone. He doesn’t say that sources told him about one feature of the next phone, he says that he knows what colors it will come in, how thick it will be, and what the big specs will be.
Here’s the big story from his latest report on the iPhone 7: it’s going to be thicker than the iPhone six. Apple has made its phones thinner with each gen of its smartphone, but the firm can’t keep doing that and add the features it wants to the new device. The device is also going to be a little taller and a little wider.
That’s all in aid of the major feature that Apple is going to include in the iPhone 7. Force Touch, the tap on the wrist from an Apple Watch, is coming to the firm’s mobile handset. That’s the big mover for the nest smart phone says, Kuo, but it’s not the only note it’s going to take from the wrist-borne gadget.
7000 series Aluminum, the kind used in the Apple Watch, will also be coming to the iPhone 7. The harder metal will end the bending issue that the iPhone 6 had, and will also prove more scratch-proof than the metal used in the firm’s last smart phone.
The camera in the iPhone 7 will hit 12MP according to Kuo. He’s sure that it’s going to get a headline mega-pixel boost, but he’s not certain that it will hit 12MP.
Gesture support will also be added to the iPhone 7. It will work with Force Touch in order to increase the kind of ways in which users can interact with the device.
In terms of color, Kuo is looking for Apple to change the gold color of the smart phone to match that of the Apple Watch, as well darken Space Gray to make it the Space Black of the Watch. A rose Gold option, also found on the Watch, will also come to the new model.
iPhone 7 rumors from the best
Alex Heath at Cult of Mac did a profile of Ming Chi Kuo earlier this week, in order to unearth his secrets and find out how he got so good at getting iPhone info right. Kuo joined KGI in 2012 and studies Apple and other firms at the research house.
Heath says that a 2010 interview that Kuo did for Digitimes suggests that Kuo does indeed have sources inside Apple, and that’s where some of his best info on the firm comes from. Heath adds, “it’s safe to say that Kuo is the most reliable analyst on Apple. And like the company he covers, he is an enigma.”
Heath also charted all of Kuo’s predictions and showed that he’s right almost all the time. Mr. Kuo’s record speaks for itself and it’s likely that he’s at least mostly right about the state that the iPhone 7 will arrive in later on this year.
The stories from Mr. Kuo are more than just simple rumors. He’ll make a mistake here and there, but such a succinct list of iPhone 7 features from anywhere else would be regarded as silly. His work should be though of as a strong indicator of the direction that Apple is going to go in.
iPhone 7 release date gets closer
Mr. Kuo says that the iPhone 7 won’t enter into mass production until mid-August at the earliest. That means that the device is likely to appear at an Apple show during September and in Apple stores at the end of that month or the start of October.
Mr. Kuo says that there will be two new iPhones, an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The firm may release a new 4-inch iPhone some time in 2016, but that’s off the table for the time being because of supply issues. A recent report said that AU Optronics was locked into a contract to build the 4-inch screen for that device.
That leaves us looking at an iPhone 7 release in just about three months time. That’s going to be a big moment for Apple shareholders. The iPhone 6 has caused such a big growth spurt at Apple that the firm doesn’t know what to do with its money.
iPhone 7 sales look strong
Mr. Kuo isn’t just useful for finding out the features of the iPhone 7, he’s also a good source for the sales of any new device. He has a good idea about how many units of the next phone that Apple is making, and this time around that might be the real limit on the firm’s sales.
The inclusion of the Force Touch Module inside the iPhone 7 means that there may be a major supply problem with the next smartphone. Apple Watch buyers had to wait weeks and months to get their hands on the device, and iPhone users may have the same kind of pressure.
Apple has ordered about 90 million units of the iPhone 7 to be built in 2015 says the KGI Securities analyst, but that doesn’t mean they’ll all get built. Kuo was one of the key voices on the Apple Watch supply problems when it came out.
He was ridiculed by some at the time, but it’s almost certain that Apple had real trouble getting the device out the door. There may still be a supply glut because of Force Touch, and that could slow down production.
What won’t be hurt hard is the demand side. With the features we now know are coming in the next model, the iPhone 7 is sure to be a massive hit. At the same time Samsung is reeling from a recent data security scare, and the company may not be able to recover in order to challenge the iPhone 7 later on this year.