iPhone 7 display design: larger camera, dual proximity sensor

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The iPhone 7 is expected to have a similar design to the iPhone 6s with its rear shell, but a new report claims the front display will help to distinguish the iPhone 7 from the iPhone 6s. Apparently, the proximity sensor, ear speaker, and front camera will all be updated; enough that an iPhone 6s screen protector will not work on the new phone.

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The screen protector design for the iPhone 6/6s needs to be updated for the new iPhone 7 display, via Orzly

The report, which was posted on Macotakara, cites accessory suppliers and manufacturers on Alibaba. They claim that the front display for the iPhone 7 will be changed enough that the current screen protectors for the iPhone 6s will not fit. The manufacturers will need to go back to the drawing board. The ear speaker receiver grill and the front camera hole will be slightly larger and the proximity sensor will move from the left of the ear speaker to the right. Additionally, the proximity sensor will be split into two components.

With the current iPhone, the ear speaker receiver grill is actually home to more than just the ear speaker. The speaker takes up about the half the space while the front microphone takes up the other half. By increasing the receiver grill size, Apple may increase the size of the ear speaker, front microphone, or both.

The iPhone 7 is also rumored to have a touch-sensitive surface that will replace the physical Home button. The button will no longer click, which would help the phone be waterproof, but instead be tapped. Users can tap to return to the Home screen, tap and hold for Siri, and double tap for multitasking, for example.

Both of these rumors contradict an earlier report that suggested the iPhone 7 will have the same front display as the iPhone 6s. This report came out when Apple was likely still in the prototype phase for the iPhone 7. Now the iPhone is three months away, Apple is likely ready to start mass production. Check out our expectations roundup for the iPhone 7.

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Pricing leaked for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and new iPhone 7 Pro

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While it is expected for Apple to release two versions of their iPhone 7, details about the lineup’s pricing was leaked and revealed there will actually be three models. The 4.7″ iPhone 7 and 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus are expected, but Apple is also planning to release a 5.5″ iPhone 7 Pro as well.

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iPhone 7 price lineup, via Pocketnow

The lineup pricing, which was posted first by a Weibo user, claims that Apple will release the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. There will be three storage sizes, but what these exactly are was not mentioned. The report just said: base model, middle model, and top-end model. For the iPhone 6s, this means 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. For the iPhone 7, rumors suggest this means 32GB, 64GB, and 256GB and for the iPhone 7 Pro, this likely means 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pricing will be mostly similar as compared to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have the same price points as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for the lower two storage sizes and be a little more expensive for the top-end storage size. Apple has never released three iPhones with the same design before but the leaked picture shows us that we cannot assume the price difference between all three phones will still be $100. For the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the difference is $100. For the iPhone 7 Pro and the iPhone 7 Plus, the difference is $150.

If you covert the yuan to USD, the pricing will be slightly off because of exchange rates and the 20% premium that Apple charges for exporting to other countries. Taking this into account, the pricing is similar to the iPhone 6s lineup.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be similar to the iPhone 6s with the 7000 series aluminum rear shell, curved glass on the front, Touch ID Home button, and the 3D Touch display. For more on the iPhone 7, check out our expectations.

via Weibo and Pocketnow

Apple announces iOS 10 with updates to Messages, Control Center, Lock Screen

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On Monday, Apple kicked off their Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a keynote that detailed the latest in software updates for their four platforms (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.) The next-generation software update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is called iOS 10 and it comes with several new features.


Apple announces iOS 10

The all-new Message app with richer links, emojifying text, and quick send for camera and photos, via Apple.

The star of the iOS 10 announcement was the Messages and the major of its updates are all about the user experience. The layout of conversation is redesigned with pictures of the person you’re talking to on top, more options for connection rather than just a text message, and integration with Digital Touch inspired by the Apple Watch. Messages can be sent with bubble effects which changes how your bubble messages appear, invisible ink will hide message text and photos until your friend swipes to reveal them, Tapback allows a thumbs up, heart, and four other options to attach to a previously received message, and stickers can be attach to any message or sent independently. Like the Facebook Messenger app, developers can design sticker packs or create specific iMessage apps.

Apple also focused on enhancing the experience with adding emojis to messages. If you are like me, you likely forget to add an emoji since a) it is difficult and takes a while to find the right one and b) you simply do not think about it. In the iOS 10 Messages app, Apple lets you “emojify” text by automatically highlighting words that can be turned into emojis. They also are three times larger and Predictive Text will recommend them as you type.

Here are a few other updates to Messages:

  • Calendar events created from Messages now take more details from the conversation like location and topic (i.e. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Restaurant)
  • Handwrite messages that animate like ink on paper
  • View richer messages with photos, videos, and links expanded in your conversation
  • When sharing pictures, you will see what’s currently in the viewfinder of your camera and other photos



Apple announces iOS 10

All-new Music in iOS 10 showing off the Library, For You, Browse, and Radio tabs and the new Now Playing design, via Apple

Apple applied their focus of attention to detail to the Music app by redesigning it with simplicity in mind. As the rumors has previously suggested, there are more black and whites in the app and the only color comes from album artwork. The tabs along the bottom were also refreshed with new details. The “Library” tab replaces the “My Music” tab and is now located in the leftmost position. It shows playlists, songs, downloaded music, and lyrics. The “For You” tab is home to music chosen based on your interests, likes, and favorite music. It will recommend discovery music (songs picked just for you), with recently played, daily curated playlist, and the previous “Connect” tab is now located here. The “Browse” tab is new name for the “New” tab and it is general music for all. You will find hot albums, new music, curated playlists, top charts, and more. The “Radio” tab stays relatively the same with live radio from Beats 1, the schedule for upcoming shows, and genre-based stations.



Apple announces iOS 10

Photos, now with Memories, via Apple

The Photos app now uses advanced artificial intelligence for searching, group memories together, and facial recognition. The app supports Advanced Search which allows you to search by people or objects in your picture. With facial, object, and scene recognition, searching for pictures with “horses” will show every picture in Photos with a horse in it. Old memories are automatically grouped together by location, people involved, and time to show previous trips and arrange them by categories. If you took a trip to Las Vegas and have not gone through your pictures and videos yet, the Photos app will automatically do this for you based on the time and location of your visit. It will, then, automatically create a movie with your photos and videos to play similar to creating a Slideshow with the current Photos app.


Lock Screen and Widgets

Apple announces iOS 10

The finally redesigned Control Center has been divided into two centers: one for quick actions and one for music, via Apple

Apple also spent time redesigning the Lock screen, widgets, Notification Center, and Control Center. The iPhone’s Lock screen is automatically woken up when raising up the phone without pressing any buttons. The well-known “Slide to Unlock” feature to unlock the phone has been replaced with “Press Home to open.” Notifications on the Lock screen no longer dim the background, but instead are translucent bubbles and they are interactive with 3D Touch. The Camera app is activated by sliding left on the Lock screen and the Widgets view is activated by sliding right. Widgets have been moved from the Notification Center, which is now reserved only for notifications, and moved to the Lock Screen and Today view of the Home screen. Widgets are expanded to show more content, including video, and have a different layout. Notifications in Notification Center can be cleared with a new clear all function.

Additionally, Control Center has been updated (finally) with a better layout. Apple removed the music settings and moved all the functions up one level. Night Shift now has its own space. The music settings are still present in Control Center, but they have their own Control Center window which is activated by swiping across Control Center. Plus the music-only Control Center also display album artwork.


Other Updates

  • Maps: all-new design with search on the bottom (instead of the top); Proactive suggestions that suggest locations based on your history and calendar events; search along routes for gas stations, restaurants, and more; traffic displayed enroute; weather and temperature shown when driving
  • Home: this new app allows you to automate your home with HomeKit-supported accessories like shades, lights, thermostat, door locks, and more; set up scenes with your favorite preferences based on time of day
  • Keyboard: contextual predictions with Siri Intelligence that will suggest a phone number or email address when you are sharing contact details with a friend; multilingual typing
  • Phone: VoIP apps will automatically show on the Lock screen when receiving a phone call (like a regular phone call) and show in Recents and Favorites in Phone; voicemail transcript beta; third-party apps can suggest who is calling with incoming phone call
  • Health: updated user interface; videos are shown in metrics to explain what they do
  • App Store: Categories tab returned
  • Stock apps can now be deleted (time to get rid of those apps you never use)
  • Swift Playgrounds app allows iPad users to learn Swift code and it’s free to download


Release Date and Compatibility

Apple announces iOS 10

What Apple means to say is that it will be coming around the time of iPhone 7 announcement, via Apple

The software update is currently available for developers, it will be coming to public beta testers in July, and be released to the public in September. The following devices can upgrade:

  • iPhone 5/5c/5s
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPad mini 2/3/4
  • iPad 4, iPad Air/Air 2
  • iPad Pro (9.7″ and 12.9″)
  • iPod touch 6th generation


There are so many updates with iOS 10 that we could not limit it to one post. Check out The Top Features of iOS 10 and Smaller, Less Known, Features of iOS 10 (both of which are coming soon.)

Expectations for WWDC 2016: iOS 10, watch OS, tvOS, Apple Pay

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It is that time of year again; a couple of days before Apple’s next special media event where we expect the company to reveal a plethora of new products. The Worldwide Developer’s Conference kicks off on Monday at 10am PDT with a keynote from Tim Cook and company about the latest software updates for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac. Based on what we have heard so far, here are our expectations.

iOS 10

Expectations for WWDC 2016

The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is practically guaranteed to be announced next week. The major software update will bring many new features with a slightly refreshed user interface. For general updates we will see tweaks to icon designs, more colorful notifications, and the San Francisco font in every app. The Music app will be overhauled with more black and white colors, prominent album artwork, updated menu tabs, and 3D Touch shortcuts for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The Photos app will receive enhancements with more professional editing tools and Markup functionality. Siri will also be coming to third-party apps with a specially designed Siri SDK. Finally, the software will have a new encryption and security features to protect the data on it.

The iOS 10 update will be released to developers on Monday, to those in the public beta program in July, and to the general public in September.


watch OS and tvOS

Expectations for WWDC 2016

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Expectations for WWDC 2016

The next software update for the Apple Watch (watchOS) and the Apple TV (tvOS) is practically guaranteed to be announced too; however, there have been no rumors about what the software will bring. Since the Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple Watch are relatively new products, we will likely see an update for both that polishes their systems. I hope that the Apple Watch will, at the very least, get an update in speed for looking at Glances and opening some apps.

The watchOS and tvOS updates will be released to developers on Monday and to the general public in September.



Expectations for WWDC 2016

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Expectations for WWDC 2016

The next generation operating system for Mac is underway with the biggest features being around the new branding and Siri. Apple has accidentally leaked several times that they will be changing the name from “OS X” to “macOS” or “MacOS.” They have used both names on their website. The actual name for the software is currently unknown, but it will likely be something from Yosemite National Park. This falls in line with other previous OS names, like “Yosemite” and “El Capitan.” Additionally, Siri will be coming to the Mac with the same capabilities she currently has on the iPhone.

The macOS (or MacOS) update will be announced and released to developers on Monday, released to those in the public beta in July, and then available for download for everyone else in the fall.


Apple Pay

Expectations for WWDC 2016

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Expectations for WWDC 2016

Apple is steadily bringing new banks and credit unions to their quick payment system. In the United States, we usually see support from twenty to sixty new financial institutions every month. Recently KFC has announced that it will now accept Apple Pay as payment. The next step of Apple is to further incorporate this into their apps like Safari and Messages. In Safari, users will be able to pay for purchases online with Apple Pay instead of entering in their credit card information. Additionally, the Messages app may be updated with person-to-person payments. Both of these have been rumored to be a part of the Apple Pay update, but they may not be announced on Monday.


Apple Smart Speaker (name?)

Expectations for WWDC 2016

Apple Speaker concept, credit: @JRESHOW on YouTube

Expectations for WWDC 2016

Apple is rumored to be working on their own version of Amazon’s Echo smart home speaker to be used with Siri. It will control many of your home’s functions, like adjusting the lighting, with HomeKit-compatible hardware and software. It may also house a camera that will detect who is in the room around it using facial recognition and use this information to select the person’s preferences like favorite music or playlists. Rumors originally suggested that it would be announced at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a release either in late 2016 or early 2017, but many sources have confirmed it will not be at the event.


Apple Watch 2

Expectations for WWDC 2016

Apple Watch 2 concept, credit: Eric Huissman

Expectations for WWDC 2016

The second generation Apple Watch is currently in development and is planning to be announced/released this year. We are expecting a watch that is not dependent on the iPhone for functionality, a 20% to 40% thinner design, a front camera, and models made of new materials (perhaps tungsten or platinum.) Rumors have also suggested that it will have a cellular chip or a Wi-Fi chip inside so it would not need the iPhone for connecting to the Internet.


iPhone 7

Expectations for WWDC 2016

iPhone 7 concept, credit: Martin Hajek

Expectations for WWDC 2016

The next generation iPhone is expected to be announced this year with the same overall design as its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. The phone will have less antenna lines on the back with no headphone jack and a thinner Lightning port. Additionally, the camera module will further differentiate the smaller, 4.7″ iPhone, from the larger, 5.5″ iPhone. The smaller phone will have a single camera and the larger phone will have a dual camera. Both phones will be powered by the A10 processor, have more RAM, and a higher starting storage capacity of 32GB.


Apple TV Internet Streaming Service

Expectations for WWDC 2016

Expectations for WWDC 2016

The Internet TV streaming service was expected to be announced alongside the Apple TV 4th generation in September 2015, but it was not ready yet. The service was rumored to be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. Nearly a year after the expected announcement date, the streaming service has not been announced but it is still rumored to come eventually. While it is not likely we will see it on Monday, I wanted to briefly mention it since it was also a part of our WWDC 2015 keynote expectations.


The Worldwide Developer’s Conference will kick off at 10am PDT, or 1pm EST,  in California and it will be live-streamed for all to watch. To add it to your calendar and watch it, click here.

Rumored iOS 10 features: colorful notifications, pro editing in Photos, Siri SDK

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The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is now only six days away from being announced and we have more ideas about what Apple is planning to announce. Mark Gurman, formerly of 9to5Mac, was interviewed by The Jay & Farhad Show and detailed a few more changes about what we should see.

Rumored iOS 10 features

iOS 10, via iPhoneInformer.com

Gurman warns that these updates are not one hundred percent guaranteed, but are being talked about as potential changes. With that being said, here is what we may see with iOS 10:

  • System-wide changes: minor user interface updates with more color with notifications and app icons tweaked
  • Photos app: big enhancements with more pro editing options and the Markup from the Mail app
  • Music app: redesigned app with more black and white like Spotify, main color will be from the album artwork, user interface will be refreshed and easier to navigate, Connect, New, and For You tabs updated
    • Connect tab: will lose its place and significance
    • New tab: renamed to Browse and have a new menu
    • For You: design changes
  • Siri: Siri SDK coming to allow third-party apps to be used with Siri, ex: “Hey Siri, call me an Uber” or “Hey Siri, create a new playlist in Spotify”
  • Messages app: potentially send money to other people with Apple Pay via iMessage
  • Security: new encryption software, better security

During the interview, Gurman also covered details about what he is expecting for this year’s and next year’s iPhone. The 2016 iPhone, which is likely called “iPhone 7,” will be more of a modest update with less antenna lines and the headphone jack will be removed. He notes that the reasoning behind taking the headphone jack away is because Apple is now able to focus on enhancing the sound quality with the Lightning port and now there will only be one port to waterproof, instead of the previous two. Next year’s iPhone will be a complete redesign, almost like a “reset” button on the iPhone. There are talks that it will no longer have a bottom, top, or side bezel, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be in the display, and Apple is planning to make the screen size larger but the form factor smaller. Apple has several prototypes for the new phone with some using a screen size of six inches. In the future, Gurman predicts that there will be incremental updates for iPhone each year and no longer will there be a complete redesign every other year.

The tenth generation operating system is expected to be released in September alongside the iPhone 7 and the second generation Apple Watch.

via 9to5Mac

Expectations for iPhone 7: wireless charging, no headphone jack, familiar design

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The next-generation iPhone was expected to be a major update until the rumors started flowing in saying otherwise. Apple is usually updates their phone design every other year, but next year is the tenth anniversary of iPhone. Instead of revamping the design this year and having a modest update on the anniversary, they have decided to flip it to make this year a modest update and next year a complete revamp. Based on what we have heard so far, here are our expectations for iPhone 7.

Expectations for iPhone 7

iPhone 7 concept by Martin Hajek

The Name

This year’s iPhone is expected to follow Apple’s tradition and have a single numbered name. In 2014 we saw the iPhone 6, last year was the iPhone 6s, so this year should be the iPhone 7. The display sizes that Apple introduced in 2014 will remain with the iPhone 7 having a 4.7″ display and the iPhone 7 Plus having a 5.5″ display. Rumors for an “iPhone Pro” this year will likely be held off until next year when Apple completely revamps their lineup. We also hope/expect Apple to drop the number from the name and just called next year’s iPhone the “iPhone.”


Expectations for iPhone 7

iPhone 7 leaked rear shell


The iPhone 7 will have the relatively same design as the iPhone 6s, but have a few changes. We expect to see the familiar curved glass display and a curved 7000 series aluminum rear shell with protruding camera. For the changes, the back case of the phone will have less visible antenna bands with only one on the top and one on the bottom. There will no longer be two additional bands going across the back. Also, the camera on the iPhone 7 will have a larger lens, be closer to the left edge, and have a slight bevelled appearance. The iPhone 7 will a single rear camera while the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual rear camera. To make up for the single camera on the smaller iPhone, Apple will be changing the current image stabilizer of iPhone 6s to the optical stabilizer of the iPhone 6s Plus. This means that the iPhone 7 camera will keep the picture or video stabilized during shooting instead of after. The quality of the sensors are unknown at this point, but at least we will have a 12MP sensor with 4K video recording like on the iPhone 6s.

The most important (and perhaps controversial) change of the iPhone 7 will be the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The reasoning behind this move is because it will allow the phone to be up to 1mm thinner and Apple is moving forward with other technology. Like the floppy disc drive and the CD drive, old technology is removed in favor of newer ones. For the CD drive it was streaming music and now for the headphone jack it is wireless headphones. Apple is apparently designing wireless EarPods that will be included in the box with the new iPhone and they are planning to sell Lightning-powered headphones and a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter in their store. To solve the trade-off between listening to music with Lightning headphones to charging the device, Apple will add wireless charging to its lineup of phones that do not have a headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 Plus may also have a Smart Connector, but this rumor seems to go back and forth every week. If it does come with one, it may be used for smart accessories like battery cases, keyboards, and other accessories.


Expectations for iPhone 7

iPhone 7 concept by Martin Hajek

Internal Specs

For the internal specifications of the iPhone 7, we only know for sure that the phone will be powered by the A10 processor with M10 coprocessor. A post in September 2015 suggested that the processor would have six cores, but we have not heard any rumors about it since. The iPhone 7 is expected to have 2GB of RAM like its predecessor and the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM to account for the dual cameras. The phones will start will a minimum storage size of 32GB, and increase exponentially with a 128GB size and a 256GB size. The phones will also have a slightly larger battery capacity, but the same battery life is expected.


Release Date

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September 2016 at a special media event. The event is normally held a week or two after the ending of Apple’s Back to School promotion which was just announced to end on September 5th. We will likely see an announcement date around mid-September and the phones will be released in late September.

Apple offers free Beats headphones with Mac, iPhone, iPad for college

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On Wednesday, Apple announced this year’s edition of their Back to School promotion. With every eligible Mac, iPad, or iPhone purchase for college, Apple is giving free wireless Beats headphones. This is in addition to their education pricing which takes $200 off the price of a Mac and $20 off the price of an iPad.

Apple Back to School 2016

Apple announces Back to School sale, via Apple

The iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro are eligible to purchase for the promotion and they come with Solo2 Wireless Headphones. These Beats headphones retail for $299. Although the Mac mini is listed on the sale page, it is not eligible for the free headphones.

The iPad Pro is the only eligible tablet and the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus are eligible smartphones. Each of these comes with the Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones worth $199. Apple notes in the terms and conditions that the headphones are upgradable to the Solo2 Wireless Headphones for an additional $100. The iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2, and iPhone SE do not qualify for the promotion.

This sale is not limited to those who are enrolled in college; any “qualified” educational purchaser can receive a pair of Beats headphones when they make an eligible purchase. Qualified individuals include: K-12 employees, board members, and officers; higher education employees, students, and parents of students.

Last year Apple announced this deal in late July and it only lasted a couple of months. This year they are starting in early June and ending in early September for a total of three months. Perhaps their reasoning behind extending the deal by an extra month is due to their recent decline in sales. The deal usually ends the week before their fall special event. This year’s promotion starts on June 2 and ends on September 5.

On a side note, it is interesting that Apple is only offering wireless headphones. This could be a subtle confirmation that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack.

Analyst predicts iPhone 7 to start at 32GB, 2GB of RAM

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Most of the rumors we have heard for the upcoming iPhone 7 are about the external design of the phone, but there have not been many rumors for the internal components. A new post by an IHS Technology analyst on a Chinese social media website reveals details about the storage capacities and RAM for the new iPhone. According to the post, the iPhone will no longer have a base model of 16GB, but instead it will be 32GB, and it will have 2GB of RAM.

iPhone 7 base model

iPhone 7 concept, credit: Handy Abovergleich

The upgrade in the base model storage is long overdue because the phone cannot support the new technology while retaining a hard drive with next to nothing for storage. Once you add the software, the 16GB phone is left with 12GB or even 11GB of useable storage. The iPhone 6s can take 4K videos which take up a significant amount of storage as compared to a regular HD video. It has left users with these small storage devices searching the Internet to see if its possible to upgrade their storage. (Note: it is possible, but difficult and costly since the company is based in China.)

The post does not mention the other storage sizes for the upcoming iPhone 7, but we predict that phone will be available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage sizes. Our reasoning is based on the latest 9.7″ iPad Pro’s storage. This iPad, which came out in March 2016, proves that 32GB is possible for a base model storage and that 256GB is possible for maximum storage. With this in mind, we figure the iPhone 7 will be available in the same storage as the iPad Pro.


The iPhone 7 is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6s down to the same curved aluminum shell and curved glass on the display. The only differences will likely be the camera placement on the phone, less antenna lines, and the lack of a headphone jack. The iPhone 7 is rumored to have a larger camera that is closer to the left edge and the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual camera design. Both models will still have antenna lines, like the iPhone 6s, but they will only be on the top and the bottom of the phone instead of going across the back. Finally, the headphone jack will be removed in favor of Lightning-powered and wireless headphones.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in early September along with the second-generation Apple Watch.

Note: this contradicts an earlier report with leaked components about the iPhone 7 storage starting at 16GB.

via 9to5Mac

iPhone 7 Plus will not have the Smart Connector (for now)

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It seems like every week there is a new report out concerning the rumored Smart Connector that may come on the iPhone 7 Plus. This feature, which is currently found on the iPad Pro lineup, would likely give the phone added functionality with smart cases, accessories, and wireless charging. A report by Japanese site Macotakara came out today saying the phone will not have the Smart Connector. Here we go, back to the beginning.

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iPhone 7 prototype design with Smart Connector, via Weibo

According to Macotakara, Apple considered adding the Smart Connector and two additional sensors to the iPhone 7 Plus, but the idea is being shelved for now. The design team instead will focus on the antenna band location, the lack of the headphone jack, and second rear camera. The iPhone 7 Plus is still in development, though, so this may change. The additional sensors were thought to have been inspired by the new iPad Pro design, which would adapt the display colors to the lighting in the environment. This would allow reading on the phone to be more “natural and comfortable,” according to Apple. Hopefully Apple will revisit this design when working on next year’s iPhone.

A separate report came out earlier today from analysts at Nomura Securities that says the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to have two rear cameras and the iPhone 7 will be receiving optical image stabilization (OIS) to make up for the lack of a second camera. OIS is currently limited to the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus, but Apple will likely bring it to the 4.7″ iPhone 7. It is used to make a smoother video or image when using the camera.

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are expected to a have a design similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and be announced alongside a new Apple Watch in September.

New CAD drawings for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus confirm previous sketches

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After we posted our thoughts on sketch for the iPhone 7, a full CAD drawing was released that shows the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from all angles. It matches perfectly to the sketch we shared which leads us to believe that this is the final design for Apple’s next-generation iPhones.

The drawing, which was supposedly sourced from Apple’s casing subcontractor Catcher Technology, shows the design for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Starting with the iPhone 7, we see an absent headphone port with a single speaker on the bottom, a single protruding rear camera (with supposedly no metal ring), antenna bands only near the top and bottom edges, and a design very similar to the iPhone 6s. The rear camera is also much larger than the iPhone 6s’ rear camera and it is closer to the left edge. This drawing along with the one from yesterday confirms the dimensions, at least the height and width, will match the iPhone 6s.

In place of the headphone jack, Apple is apparently designing new EarPods that will connect to the iPhone through Bluetooth and the Lightning port.

iPhone 7 CAD

The iPhone 7 will have no headphone jack, a protruding rear camera, and a single speaker on the bottom, via OnLeaks

On the iPhone 7 Plus, we see similar features with no headphone jack, a single speaker on the bottom, and antenna bands only near the top and bottom edges. There is a dual rear camera that is protruding from the phone and three circles near the bottom that are for the Smart Connector.  According a separate report by the KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the iPhone 7 Plus will be only phone in the September lineup to have the dual-camera module and the phone will have 3GB of RAM to meet their new technology. Kuo’s report agrees with these CAD drawings of the iPhone 7 Plus being the only phone with the special camera.

iPhone 7 CAD

The iPhone 7 Plus will also not have a headphone jack, but it will have a dual rear camera system and a higher amount of RAM, via OnLeaks

Phones that have a dual rear camera deliver better picture quality, especially when the cameras are zoomed in to a far away object. Like our eyes, they can see the same object from different perspectives. This is one way for Apple to increase the picture quality without increasing the camera sensor’s megapixels. The Smart Connector may also be an exclusive feature of the 7 Plus, which will likely be used for smart accessories and wireless charging.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the second-generation Apple Watch.