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.
With only three and half weeks until the expected announcement for the iPhone 7, many sources will come forward daily to confirm previous rumors and show off their own leaked pictures. Today is the start and we have high-resolution pictures of a dummy unit of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Additionally, there are pictures of the display that cause us to question the authenticity of them.
The first set of pictures comes from Czech blog Letemsvetem which are of dummy units of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These devices are not real and they are likely based on blueprints from Apple (or other rumors). Subtle details like the smoothness of the Apple logo, FCC regulation icons, and model numbers show they are not real. However, everything that has come out for the iPhone 7 is in these pictures.
The iPhone 7 will come in two storage sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″ like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The smaller phone will have a single rear camera that protrudes from the frame, the antenna lines are limited to the top and bottom edges, and the display looks very similar to the iPhone 6s. Since it is a dummy unit, it is difficult to tell if the Home button will be haptic or a physical button. The larger phone has a similar design with a dual rear camera. It does not, however, have the rumored Smart Connector.
The next pictures claim to show the assembled iPhone 7 display and were posted by Weibo user GeekBar. Without getting too technical, the display is very questionable because of the location of the flex cables. They are located at the top of the display pictured, however, the display is upside down. Looking at the bottom of the display pictured, there is a line with a hole in the bottom center and one off to the left. The center line is the ear speaker, the bottom center hole is for the proximity sensor, and the left hole is for the front camera. For every iPhone since the iPhone 5, the flex cables cover the ear speaker and front camera to connect the display at the top to the logic board. This picture suggests Apple moved it to the bottom of the display.
The significant issue with moving the flex cables to the bottom of the display versus the top is that the iPhone is opened from the bottom. The flex cables being on the bottom make the phone more difficult to open. Plus Apple would need to change the logic board so there are ports for the flex cables to plug into. Based on this, either the display is fake or it was not assembled correctly. Apple is playing it safe this year with the iPhone design. They are not completely redesigning the inside of the iPhone only to redesign it next year. Since there are Apple logos on the flex cable, which is typical of Apple, it is likely that the display is not assembled correctly.
The second picture shows the LCD display for the iPhone before it is attached to the glass. It looks very similar to the iPhone 6s with the extra shielding to protect the phone from forceful touches. It also has the chip in the upper left corner which is on the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2 and iOS 10. In addition to the above rumors, the phone will also be powered by the A10 processor, start at 32GB of storage, and have a second speaker in place of the headphone jack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After months of speculation for the design of the iPhone 7, we finally see a glimpse of the phone in gold and rose gold. Several pictures were leaked by French blog Nowhereelse.fr which show the rear aluminum shell for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. They reveal a familiar design that matches up to the rumors we have been hearing.
The picture of the iPhone 7 in gold shows an empty rear aluminum shell inside of a third-party clear case. The design is very familiar since Apple is focusing their efforts to redesign next year’s iPhone instead of this one. There are a few changes as compared to the iPhone 6s, however. The antenna lines are only on the top and bottom of the shell instead of also going across the back. The rear protruding camera is much larger, closer to the left side, and has a much softer edge. Previously, the camera protruded with a separate ring with a sapphire glass lens. This iPhone appears to have a built-in ring that is smoother. Additionally, we see a picture of the bottom with no headphone jack and two sets of speaker holes. Hopefully this means we will have a stereo speaker system on the iPhone 7.
The second picture shows off the iPhone 7 Plus in rose gold. This phone is more put together since we can see the dual rear cameras, LED flash, and stainless steel Apple logo installed, all of which are not present in the gold iPhone 7 picture. There is a white plastic piece around the outside of the frame to protect it. On the left side, there is a cutout for the Lock button and on the top there is an additional cutout for something the current iPhone 6s Plus does not have. This could be for a special sensor, a microphone, or something else. This phone could actually be the iPhone 7 Pro and the cutout could be for an extra ambient light sensor like the 9.7″ iPad Pro has.
These leaked pictures may reveal the final design for the iPhone 7, or they could be pictures of prototypes. While it is too soon to know for sure, the iPhone 7 is in production so pictures like these are expected about this time. If they are accurate, there will be minor changes in the external design with the year’s iPhone and hopefully next year the rumors are true about a complete redesign.
The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.