On Wednesday, Apple held a special media event in San Fransisco, California to announce the new lineup of iPhone, Apple Watch, and the major software updates. The next-generation iPhone, called the ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus,’ feature a similar design to their predecessors with a complete refresh in internals.
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A few days before the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announcement date, a new report surfaces by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo that details everything about the iPhone 7. The processor, RAM, and storage sizes will all be upgraded, the camera, the design will be improved and there will be five colors available.
For the internal performance of the iPhone 7, Kuo suggests an upgraded A10 processor, increased RAM, and new storage tiers. The A10 processor will be a SoC (system-on-a-chip) like the Apple Watch. It will drastically increase the speed and performance of the phone. The iPhone 7 is expected to retain 2GB of RAM like the iPhone 6s, but the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM. Additionally, Apple is dropping the 16GB (finally!) and 64GB storage tiers. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available in five colors, but there will not a blue version this year. Apple is keeping the gold, rose gold, and silver colors for their lineup. The space gray will be replaced by two colors: a darker space gray that may be called ‘dark black’ and a glossy black called ‘piano black.’ SIM card trays for the new colors were leaked this past week. The glossy black one reminds me of the iPhone 3G. Perhaps Apple is preparing us for the tenth anniversary of iPhone next year by going back to one of the first iPhone colors.
There will also be upgrades in the display for the new iPhones and their sensors. While the screen sizes and resolutions will remain the same, the displays will render wide-color imagery like the iPad Pro 9.7″. The proximity sensor, which causes the screen to go black and the touchscreen to shut off when on a phone call, will switch to a laser. This will allow the sensor to be more accurate and faster with longer recognition distances. It will also support hand-waving gestures.
As rumored, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have rear camera upgrades. Both camera sensors will still be 12MP, but the aperture and lens size will increase. The iPhone 7 Plus will also have a second camera that will increase the image quality. One of the cameras will be a wide-angle camera while the other will be a telephoto camera and they will both use optical zoom. Also, the new phones will have optical image stabilization, which was previously only available on the Plus series. There is a new flash near the camera that will house four LED lights (two cool and two warm) for a better True Tone flash.
The report continues with Apple’s plans for removing the headphone jack. This will create extra space in the phone which Apple plans to fill with a better Force Touch recognition system and an amplifier. The phone will appear to have a dual speaker system with two sets of speaker grills, but there will only be one speaker. The amplifier will carry music from the main speaker out both grills.
Apple will include new Lightning-powered EarPods in every box along with a Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter. This will allow those with normal headphones to connect them to the new iPhone 7.
Finally, Kuo concludes with the long-rumored waterproof capabilities of the iPhone. The iPhone 7 will be waterproof with an IPX7 rating, which means the phone can be submerged in up to one meter of water for thirty minutes. This is same rating the Apple Watch has.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be announced on Wednesday at a confirmed special event. Pre-orders for the phones is expected to start on Friday, September 9th and then they will be released on either Friday, September 16th or September 23rd.
In about a month Apple will host a special media event where they are expected to announce their next-generation iPhone, likely called the “iPhone 7,” and other new products. In the next thirty days, we will see rumors get confirmed by insiders and major news media groups. We have new details of the iPhone from the user Apple Worldwide Meeting on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. As the source of their information, they cite someone from inside of Apple’s main manufacturer, Foxconn.
In the short Weibo post, the Apple Worldwide Meeting confirms many of the rumors we have heard for the new iPhone 7 including its color options, the rumored disappearance of the headphone jack, and the Home button. The iPhone 7 will be available in the same colors as the iPhone 6s plus a new pure black. This will be a much darker version of space gray that should remind us of the black iPhone 4. There will reportedly not be a blue model this year. As rumored, both the 3.5mm headphone jack and physical home button will be removed. The post does not specify what will be in place of the headphone jack, but the home button will be touch-only. It will likely be a touchpad that is incorporated into the display.
Additionally, the lack of the headphone jack and home button will cause the phone to be more water resistant. The phone will not be waterproof up to IP68, but it should be better at preventing damage from water.
Apple Worldwide Meeting also leaked the silent/mute switch for the new black version of the iPhone 7. It is much darker in color than the iPhone 6s’ space gray mute switch. This could be more evidence that a new color is coming for the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in early September with the release date rumored for Friday, September 16th. It will be feature a slightly larger battery, a thinner design, and look similar to the iPhone 6s.
The design for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus seems to switch every day with new leaks suggesting that they show the true design. Fortunately, the reports have started agreeing with each other and we are seeing more legitimate leaks. Over the weekend, the Italian blog HDblog shares pictures it obtained from a Chinese forum that show the molds and schematics for the upcoming devices.
The next-generation iPhone will be available in two versions with a 4.7″ display for the iPhone 7 and 5.5″ display for the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 will have a single rear camera like the iPhone 6s with a slightly larger lens and the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual rear camera. They will both retain the same microphone and LED flash placement and size as their predecessors. While there are no additional holes in the mold for the Smart Connector, the blog mentions that perhaps they may be applied at a later stage.
The molds pictured are used to produce the aluminum rear shells for the phone. They have all the holes required in the shell, like the camera hole, microphone, flash, and Apple logo. The schematics show the design of the molds including its dimensions in centimeters, but not the dimensions of the phone.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September and have a relatively similar design as their predecessors despite this being a year of redesign. Historically, Apple refreshes their lineup every other year, but this year is a minor update and next year will be a refresh. Since it is the tenth anniversary of iPhone, they are changing the curved aluminum and glass design for an all-glass phone like the iPhone 4/4S.
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.
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.
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.
Rumors for the upcoming iPhone 7, which is expected to be announced next fall, have suggested a more water-resistant and durable design. Apple is also considering removing the headphone jack to make the phone more thin in addition to adding a few features. According to a post on G for Games, Apple is currently testing “at least five” different prototypes for the new iPhone, each with a different flagship feature.
Citing sources inside China as the leak for this information, one of the prototypes is for an iPhone with a USB-C connector inside of the Lightning connector. This in not out of character for Apple to do since they have changed the iPhone’s connector once before. The first change occurred when the iPhone 5 was released, which was five years after the original iPhone came out with the 30-pin connector. Changing to USB-C only four years after the iPhone 5 came out would not be weird. Like the iPhone 5, it would be met with unfriendly feedback until manufacturers could adapt to the new design with their accessories.
The second prototype is for an iPhone with wireless charging. Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S6, already have this capability. Since Apple would be entering the market late for wireless charging, it would be interesting to see their take on it. Perhaps we would see a small pad, similar to Square’s new card reader, that would be the home for your iPhone.
Another prototype design has multi-Force Touch as the flagship feature. This seems like the next step for Apple since they are all about the multi-touch display and the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is limited to one finger.
Apple is also apparently testing a dual-camera system (like the first picture) for the iPhone 7. This was actually previously rumored to be a feature of the iPhone 6s due to report that came from a tech journalist and recent patents, but never came into fruition. Perhaps we will see in on the iPhone 7.
The final prototype that Apple is reporting testing is a phone with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. The Home button will likely be removed and, along with it, the thick bezels on the top and bottom of the display. This idea has been tossed around for some time with some concepts (like the one above) with a Home button in the display.
For more about the iPhone 7, please check out our rumors page.