Apple iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled in the fall of 2016, however rumors and leaks have already started to surface. Below is a timeline of the iPhone released by Apple so far:
2007 – iPhone
2008 – iPhone 3G
2009 – iPhone 3GS
2010 – iPhone 4 (Redesigned)
2011 – iPhone 4S
2012 – iPhone 5 (Redesigned)
2013 – iPhone 5S
2014 – iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (Redesigned)
2015 – iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
After observing the timeline, one can easily speculate that the new flagship will be called iPhone 7 and will be unveiled in later part of the year. Moreover, the upcoming iPhone will hopefully be completely redesigned in addition to many new features.
Based on current rumors and leaks, iPhone 7 will be designed in an image of its predecessor, iPhone 6S, though it wont host a protruding camera and the antenna bands. Bellow is a mockup of iPhone 7 case rendered by MacRumors:
Although no solid leaks or rumors have surfaced regarding the internal components of the smartphone, we expect Apple to introduce the next-generation A10 processor (manufactured by TSMC) for its upcoming flagships. Needless to say, Apple will be releasing two variants of the iPhone 7 – 4.7″ iPhone 7 and 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus.
One major rumor is ‘ no headphone jack ‘, Apple is expected to remove the 3.5mm standard headphone jack from its upcoming smartphone to achieve the amazing thickness of 6.1mm (similar to the iPod touch). Of course the company will come up with another alternative to the 3.5mm jack, hopefully the wired headphones will connect to the iPhone 7 using its Lightning port and Bluetooth headphones will connect wirelessly. Apple is rumored to be working on Lightning-equipped EarPods too while a second stereo speaker could be introduced instead of the headphone jack.
We are expecting both variants to host some major differences as compared to each other. The iPhone 7 might feature 2GB of RAM while its larger brother could be unveiled with a larger, 3GB of Ram. In addition to that a different camera system is being rumored. iPhone 7 Plus could be launched with further two variants, one with a single lens like the iPhone 7 and a second with a dual-lens camera system that offers DSLR-like image quality with 2-3x optical zoom and improved performance in low light conditions. Lets have a look at some major changes we are hoping the new flagship to host.
Apple iPhone 7 might be considerably thinner than its predecessor owing to the elimination of the headphone jack. The new in-cell panel technology coupled with an even slimmer Lightening port could allow Apple to achieve dimensions almost similar to the iPod Touch.
iPhone 6S – 7.1 mm
iPhone 6S Plus- 7.3 mm
iPod Touch – 6.1 mm
iPhone 7 – 6.0 mm to 6.5 mm (estimate)
As far as the outlooks of the smartphone are concerned. The upcoming flagship is expected to have been designed in an image of the previously launched iPhone 6S. It’ll adopting the same general design language though the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus are expected to feature a revamped camera that is flush with the body of the device, eliminating the protruding camera of the iPhone 6 and 6s.
In addition to the camera, the upcoming smartphone might be featured without antenna bands on its back. The bands placed at the top, bottom and the sides might remain untouched. Some early rumors about the iPhone 7’s design suggested the device may have a strengthened, water resistant frame. Another important report suggests that Apple is planning to implement improved electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding techniques in the iPhone 7, with the goal of individually shielding most of the major chips in the device. EMI shields are used in iPhones and all other electronic devices to prevent wireless interference between different products. This improved shielding will allow the company to bring its components closer together without compromising their performance capabilities. This could further help Apple to the thickness of its device or alternatively, increase the size of its battery.
Rumors suggest that Apple is working on AMOLED displays for its smartphones though unfortunately the technology wont be ready for the upcoming iPhone 7, so the new device will be featured with the same TFT-LCD display it used in iPhone 6S
NO HEADPHONE JACK
As mentioned earlier, Apple will substantially decrease the thickness of the smartphone by dropping the headphone jack. As an alternative to the jack, the company might upgrade its lightning port to support both charging and music playback, hopefully simultaneously. Needless to say, headphone jacks with lightening connectors instead of the standard 3.5mm jacks might be sold alongside the flagship. Alternatively a 3.5mm to lightning adapter could be used. As far as the empty space left by the headphone jack, Apple is rumored to embed a second speaker to introduce stereo sound in the iPhone 7.
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Apparently the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus could be unveiled with different features, mainly when it comes to the camera. A reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple will come up with two different camera systems. The iPhone 7 Plus could be launched with further two variants, one with a single lens like the iPhone 7 and a second with a dual-lens camera system that offers DSLR-like image quality with 2-3x optical zoom and improved performance in low light conditions. Though it should be noted that the rumor has not yet been confirmed by a second source. Another interesting rumor was outed by source from Chinese site MyDrivers which suggested that the iPhone 7 Plus with the dual-lens camera system could actually be named the “iPhone Pro” to set it apart from the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus with a standard single-lens camera. Lets have a detailed look a the expected Dual-Lens Camera
Last year Apple took over an Israeli company – LinX Imaging. This company is the probable source of the dual lens technology which Apple might be introducing in its upcoming smartphone. This technology will allow the iPhone to perform considerably well even in low-light conditions, this narrowing the gap between the imaging quality of a DSLR camera.
LinX dual-lens technology will allow numerous benefits for the smartphone – Clearer and brighter images, Less noise, True color, more detailed images in low light surroundings and 2-3x optical zooming capabilities. A comparison of the images taken by an iPhone 5S and a LinX 8MP camera are compared above. Moving on the the camera of the iPhone 7, there’s no word on what improvements may be introduced. Tough we might see some image quality improvements in the singe lens too, owing to the new technology Apple got its hands on via LinX Imaging.
Based on various reports, Apple might be coming forward with a new addition of storage spaces for its smartphones. Though unconfirmed, rumors suggests the larger iPhone 7 Plus could include an amazing 256GB storage option that might not be available with the iPhone 7.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo further speculated that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus may have differing amounts of RAM. As mentioned earlier, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 may ship with 2GB of RAM, while the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus may ship with 3GB RAM.
Removal of headphone Jack has led to many interesting thoughts regarding the new iPhone 7. As mentioned earlier that redesigned headphones might be coming with a lightning connector instead of the 3.5mm jack which brings out the problem of charging while listening to your music. Rumors are that Apple is working to bring wireless charging technology to its upcoming flagship which could prove to be a very eye-catching solution to all problems. Unfortunately there is still no guarantee that the feature will make it into the finished product. It is also not clear what method Apple would use to implement wireless charging.
Apple may be using the Intel 7360 LTE modem for its flagship which will allow faster LTE speeds on the device. The chip features faster theoretical downlink speeds of up to 450 MB/s, uplink speeds of up to 100 MB/s, and support for LTE category 10 and 29 bands.
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That’s all for now, we will be updating you as soon as any new rumor/ leak or an official announcement surfaces. So stay tuned.
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