Apple Inc. is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September. Rumors suggesting that the new iPhone will be similar to the iPhone 6s, but it may be a little thinner. No exact release date is known, but Apple usually reveals its smartphone in early September with sales following one week later.
Here’s what the rumor mill is saying about the iPhone 7.
Apple Releasing Four New Models
According to the rumors, Apple will release four new models this year. In addition to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, a third new model will also make a debut at the company’s September event. The fourth model will arrive later this year. What makes the two new model different from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? We didn’t get an answer from the rumors mill. There are some reports that the third model’s camera technology will be dissimilar to what Apple offer in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Mobipicker website reported that Apple will launch three iPhone 7 models, including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro.
Rumors have also suggested that Apple is also planning to introduce completely re-designed smartphones in 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of iPhones.
Apple iPhone 7 Design
There are rumors that the iPhone 7 will have a curved design panel, which is unlikely. Rumors suggesting that the iPhone 7 may have a ceramic back (like the One Plus X), which would make wireless charging easier to integrate in the phone.
There would be no antenna stripes at the back, and would remain at the top, bottom, and sides of the iPhone. It is also highly likely that the iPhone 7 will be available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold colors.
Chinese website Bastille Post leaked an image of the iPhone 7, which shows the phone would have a smart connector like the iPad Pro.
Apple fans are hoping for a higher pixel count in the next iPhones. The company’s rivals are offering bigger screens- Quad and Ultra-HD ones. We expect Apple to boost its pixel count in the iPhone 7 to at least 400 ppi as seen in the One Plus models.
The iPhone 7 Plus will come with a dual-lens camera. But the standard iPhone 7 is likely to miss this feature. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned in its note to investors that the iPhone 7 Plus will get dual-lens iSight cameras and 3GB of RAM for image processing, according to Apple Insider. The analyst said that all of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus models are coming with these features, except the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. The rumors also suggest that the dual-lens camera system will DSLR-like image quality with 2-3x optical zoom and improved performance in low light conditions.
There are rumors that Apple will kill the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Apple Inc. is developing a new set of wireless earbuds. Apple Insider reported that the company patented a new slimmer headphone jack technology dubbed as D Jack, having a diameter of just 2mm. However, there have been numerous rumors suggesting that Apple will entirely ditch the headphone jack and shave 1mm from the phone’s thickness. The Lightning EarPods will be similar to the EarPods but will have a Lightning connector and be so completely wireless that there won’t be a wire connecting the left bud with the right bud.
Apple might be introducing a slightly bigger battery pack for the iPhone 7. A leaked photo from China showed a 7.04 watt-hour battery pack for the iPhone 7. This is good news. The iPhone 6S has a 6.61 watt-hour battery, while a 7.01 watt-hour battery keeps the iPhone 6S Plus alive.
3D Touch and Touch ID
According to the rumor mill, the iPhone 7’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor could be in-built to the entire display. This would eliminate the need for a Home button and allow for a much larger display, without needing to expand the overall size of the phone. It is still unclear whether the iPhone 7 will get multi-3D Touch or not.
According to the reports from China, the company is testing five iPhones, with features including wireless charging, fingerprint recognition on the display, multi Force Touch, dual-cameras, and a USB Type-C connector.
OLED Replacing LCD Screens
Rumors suggesting that Apple will replace the current LCD screens with OLED screens. However, there are some other report saying that the iPhone 7 won’t get an OLED screen, which may arrive on later iPhones.
A report in Display Mate noted that the OLED display of the Galaxy S7 is the best available smartphone screen beating all its rivals including the iPhone 6S. Later, Display Mate’s expert Raymond Soneira returned with a detailed analysis of the iPad Pro’s screen, and the conclusion offered was not at all surprising. The iPad Pro 9.7 sports an LCD, which is better in every way than all the iPad screens including the 12.9-inch model.
RAM and Storage Space
KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus may have differing amounts of RAM and storage space. The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 may get 2GB of RAM, while the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus may ship with 3GB RAM, Mac Rumors reported. As I’ve mentioned earlier, 3GB of RAM in the iPhone 7 Plus will be used to compensate for the image processing demands of the dual-lens camera.
According to an unconfirmed rumor suggests, the larger iPhone 7 Plus could include a high-end 256GB storage option. It would not be available with the iPhone 7. Well, 256GB is a massive capacity that isn’t available in any of Apple’s current iOS devices.
Towards the end of January 2016, there were reports suggesting that Apple is working on wireless charging. Bloomberg reported that the company is “exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones.” This seems to a cool thing, but this technology is unlikely to arrive in 2016.
Faster LTE Speeds
According to reports, Apple Inc. is sourcing 7360 LTE modem from Intel to boost LTE speed in iPhone 7. The chip features faster theoretical downlink speeds of up to 450 MB/s, uplink speeds of up to 100 MB/s, and support for LTE category 10 and 29 bands, Mac Rumors reported. Intel is supplying at least 50% of the LTE chips for the iPhone 7.