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Analyst Sums Up Every Detail of iPhone 7 in New Report

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Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit:

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.

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Leaked SIM card tray for iPhone 7 show piano black, silver, dark black, rose gold, and gold colors.

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.

via 9to5Mac

Another design change on iPhone 7: no physical Home button

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While the exterior of the iPhone 7 is rumored to be similar to the iPhone 6s, the Home button may be getting a complete redesign. According to a few sources, the button will be less a button and more of a touchpad. Apple is rumored to use their Force Touch technology to simulate a physical click.

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This previously leaked picture shows the iPhone 7 with a flat Home button, via mobipicker.com

According to Cowen and Company (an analyst company) and 9to5Mac, Apple will be removing the physical mechanism of the Home button and replacing the entire system with a touchpad. To simulate the sensation of the button being pressed, the iPhone will use haptic feedback from Apple’s Force Touch technology. This new button will take out the moving parts of the previous Home buttons, which can break, and it will increase the waterproofness of the phone. When the Home button is currently pressed, a gap is created between the glass and the button as it separates from the display. With the new Home button, there will be no gap created.

An issue that may come up with the new button, as 9to5Mac points out, is that the button can fail since it is not a physical button. Functions like resetting the phone rely on two physical buttons. If the Home button is replaced with a touchpad, Apple will need to use two other buttons to reset the phone.

This rumor matches up with a previously leaked photo (above) that showed the iPhone 7 with a flat touchpad Home button. It also matches up with iOS 10’s mechanism for unlocking the iPhone. The iPhone is now unlocked by “pressing” on the Home button instead of swiping to unlock.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in September. It will come in three models (iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro), with less antenna bands on the rear shell, a larger front and rear camera, and no headphone jack.

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.

via Macotakara