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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.

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iPhone 7 CAD renderings reveal new details about phone’s design

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On Wednesday, several CAD renderings were posted online by Nowhereelse.fr that show the rear case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Instead of our normal “this is what we are looking at,” we wanted to analyze the rear shell for further insight about what to expect with the new phone. We are uniquely in the iPhone repair and Apple news/rumors blogging business so we have a deeper understanding of the ins and outs of the iPhone.

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The iPhone 7 is leaked in a new CAD drawing, via Nowhereelse.fr

Initially we see what all the other rumors have been saying. The antenna bands are limited to the top and bottom edge, the rear protruding camera has a ring built into the case instead of it being a separate component, it is also closer to the left edge and much larger, the headphone jack is replaced with another speaker grill, and the larger 5.5″ iPhone 7 has a dual rear camera.

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iPhone 7 top of rear case

When we look at the rear shell, we notice several design changes on the inside that gives us some ideas about what the iPhone will look like. Pictured above is the top of the rear case for the iPhone 7. The camera hole is much larger and closer to the edge, as we have already mentioned, but Apple has also removed a larger chunk of metal on the corner to allow this to happen as compared to the iPhone 6/6s. Our concern is for the lack of reinforcement now in the corners. With the camera being so close to the edge, will this cause it to absorb more of the impact when the iPhone is dropped? The camera hole is also lower than it was previously. There is an extra hole at the top of the case which is not there on the iPhone 6s. This could potentially be the location of one of the two rumored new sensors, or just another screw hole. Additionally, there are grooves in the top for the display to slide in like we see on the iPhone 6s. This allows the phone to open like the glass display is on a hinge.

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iPhone 7 bottom of the rear case

The bottom of the rear case shows a similar design to the iPhone 6s with less metal and more speaker holes. Like the top of the case, there is less metal in the corners. There are also a lot less screw holes, which could signify larger components are covering the old screw locations like a larger battery, or Apple is investing into using more adhesive. Let us hope it is not the latter. On both sides of the Lightning hole there are six speaker holes. The phone was previously rumored to have monaural speaker system meaning two speakers putting out the same sound, but it is hard to imagine with the renderings we are looking at. There is a screw hole in the middle of the speaker holes on the left side. This screw is mostly likely to hold the plastic component that pushes the lower microphone against the frame. Unless Apple is redesigning the speakers, the current speaker would not fit in this small space and still have access to all the holes.



 

Everything else looks fairly similar. The iPhone 7 will look like the iPhone 6s with upgraded internal components, a slight change in the rear case, and a updated display with a touchpad Home button. The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in mid-September alongside the Apple Watch 2.

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.

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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.”



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Expectations for iPhone 7

iPhone 7 leaked rear shell

Design

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

iPhone 7 with Smart Connector was a prototype design, not final

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After all the rumors we have heard about the iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) having a Smart Connector on the rear shell, this apparently will not happen. Macotakara now reports that the connector will not be on any of this year’s iPhones. Plus a post on Weibo collaborates with this report and offers a reason to why we kept seeing the Smart Connector.

 

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iPhone 7 prototype design with Smart Connector, via Weibo

According to the Weibo post, Foxconn had five different designs (as we reported in December) being tested for the iPhone 7. This explains exactly why we have seen so many contradictory reports. Apple designed several iPhone 7 models and they are currently floating around. Report are popping up left and right suggesting certain features, then a report comes out a couple of days later with the completely opposite information.

One of the designs that Apple was testing had a Smart Connector on the rear shell, in addition to a flush camera design, less antenna lines, and a design similar to the iPhone 6s. Macotakara is reporting that the Smart Connector prototype is the design that Apple did not decide to go with. They do have four others in testing and one them is likely the final design.

The iPhone 7 prototypes also had a design with a USB-C connector instead of the Lightning connector, one that had a multi-Force Touch display, and another with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. The iPhone 7, with whatever design Apple chooses, is expected to announced in September.

Report claims iPhone 7 battery slightly better than iPhone 6s

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The iPhone 7 is only a few months away from being announced and the rumor mill is starting to pick up speed about what to expect. A report in China came out last week that detailed the battery capacities of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Alleged batteries for iPhone 7 and iPhony 7 Plus, via Weibo.

According to a post on Weibo, the iPhone 7 will have a battery with a capacity of 1735 mAH and the iPhone 7 Plus will have a 2810 mAH battery. This is a slight jump in the battery capacity of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which are 1715 mAH and 2750 mAh, respectively. This is a downgrade from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

More battery capacity, as compared to the iPhone 6s, could signal more battery life, but it is more than likely that Apple is aiming to retain the same battery life. They have opted in for more power efficient processors rather than increasing the battery capacity. When they add new features, they need a better processor if they expect to retain the same battery capacity and battery life. For example, Low Power Mode can be enabled and it is said to increase the iPhone’s battery life by up to three hours. If this rumor is correct, battery life for the iPhone 7 should be the same as the iPhone 6s.

This is one of the many rumors we have heard for the iPhone 7, but this is one of the first we have heard about the battery. The iPhone 7 is expected to be released in September.