Apple is set to announce its new iPhone just a matter of days from now, but there is still enough time for one final round of rumours for the new iPhone – and it paints a more encouraging picture for Apple’s next smartphone.
While previous rumours focused more on the design and the removal of a headphone jack, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has shed some fascinating light on the hardware aspect for the new smartphones. Given that Kuo has been on point with his previous predictions, the hardware features mentioned may well be true.
As what we already know, the new iPhone will have two screen sizes: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. Resolutions will remain the same (unfortunately), but the screen technology will be similar to what’s found on the iPad Pro, allowing for a wider colour gamut and better colour reproduction.
In addition, the new iPhone will also introduce the new A10 mobile processor. With claims that Apple’s A9 chip is just as efficient as current-gen processors, the new A10 chip with a max clock speed of 2.4GHz, made by TSMC via a new InFO manufacturing process, will surely excite.
That’s not all. Ming-Chi Kuo reaffirms a separate rumour that Apple is ready to ditch the base 16GB model – in fact, Apple is ready to offer the smartphone with the largest storage capacity in the world on the iPhone 7. Three new storage options will replace the current 16/64/128GB lineup: 32GB, 128GB, and a whopping 256GB.
As before, Apple will look to focus heavily on the iPhone 7 Plus, taking advantage of the larger size to add more features. Where Apple added OIS to the iPhone 6s Plus, this year’s additions will definitely be intriguing.
While the iPhone 7 will sport a 12MP rear camera sensor, the iPhone 7 Plus will feature two 12MP rear camera sensors, working in tandem and sporting OIS. The dual-camera setup is more similar to LG’s G5 than the popular Huawei P9: one sensor is a 12MP wide-angle sensor, and the other is a 12MP telephoto module.
This camera setup is also complemented by a 6P lens, and will enable features such as optical zoom and “light field camera applications”. Finally, there will also be a four-colour-tone LED flash (two cool, two warm LEDs) for better TrueTone flash performance.
To ensure breezy levels of performance, the beefier iPhone 7 Plus will receive an extra 50% RAM, bumping the total to 3GB – the largest on an iPhone to date. The standard iPhone 7 remains stuck at 2GB.
Finally, there’s the exterior. Apple is said to finally introducing some form of weather proofing on the new iPhones, offering a rating of IPX7 for water resistance of up to 1m underwater for 30 minutes. There will be no headphone jack, but Apple will ship a pair of Lightning EarPods as well as a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box.
The new iPhones will receive new colourways, too. Space Grey will be phased out, to be replaced by two classy black options: a “dark black” and a glossy “piano black” that’s exclusive only to Plus models.
It’s an extensive list of rumours, and some of the rumours mentioned here do appear to corroborate with previous rumours shared in the past few months. What these rumours do show is that the new iPhones are definitely more interesting than initially thought.