Wednesday (Sept 7) is a big day for the tech world as Apple is holding its annual launch event. It has gained more importance given the recent Note 7 battery fiasco that led the Apple’s rival to go for the biggest recall in telecom history. Following the release, Apple will start receiving pre-orders from Friday, Sept 9.
In an exciting development before launch, a top Apple analyst has joined tech bloggers in leaking the key changes, new features and upgrades in the upcoming iPhone7.
Why should we consider these leaks entirely credible?
The biggest reason is the source: KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who is widely regarded as the best Apple analyst on the planet. Though these specs and features leaks do not seem too shocking, when put in together, give a comprehensive overview of what Apple is likely to bring into the stores this year.
Here is the brief of Kuo’s note that has been cited by leading blogs like AppleInsider, MacRumors and VentureBeat.
Apple is adding new True Tone displays like the one iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times.
iPhone 7 will have five colour options. Previously popular three colours; rose gold, gold, and silver models will remain in place, but grey will be replaced by a “dark black” option. Moreover, Apple is bringing a dedicated “piano black” model with a glossy finish. According to Kuo, the piano black iPhone will have a limited supply as Apple will likely to restrict it to higher storage tiers at first.
Moreover, the new release may remove the antenna lines that run across the back of previous models for a cleaner look but are expected to retain the rounded-edged design.
The leaks confirm that storage will get a double boost. According to Kuo: the base model will jump from 16 to 32GB, whereas the top tier models will have 128GB and 256GB variants. The earlier versions had 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options.
The iPhone 7 Plus and Pro are expected to come with 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone 7 will have 2GB, same as iPhone 6.
The mobile camera has been a key selling point for iPhone, but the previous model was criticised for its substandard performance in lower lighting conditions. To counter this, Apple is introducing dual-lens camera system, which will be comprised of a wide-angle camera and a telephoto camera. Both cameras will have 12 Megapixels each. With the addition of True Tone Technology, it is expected that camera flash LEDs has been doubled from existing two to four colours: two warm and two cool.
No Headphone Jack:
This leak has already made much noise and received a mixed response. Reports suggest that Apple is moving away from the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack to wireless headphones. The users might have to either use an adaptor to plug headphones or just rely on wireless headphones.
Analysts consider it as a smart move as the move could be in line with company’s strategy and legacy of innovation. Besides, removal of the 3.5mm jack might be a step towards offering higher quality audio. However, this will add a little extra financial burden on the fans who will have to purchase a Bluetooth-enabled or special Lightning-connected headphones.
Sound and Speakers:
According to Kuo: the earpiece receiver will be a type of speaker itself working with the regular speaker to provide stereo sound when the phone is held in landscape. The company has added a second external speaker to give amplifier experience for a louder output.
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Since the introduction of the feature in Galaxy S5, water-resistance has become one of the hottest and in-demand features in flagship devices. According to Forbes, iPhone 7 is going to have IPX7 water resistance, at par with Apple Watch. This means that new iPhones can withstand splashes and full submersion for up to 30 minutes. Water-resistance was one of the much talked about feature in Samsung Galaxy S7 too, which claims to resist water for one hour.
Display and UI:
One of the key development is the possible introduction of True Tone Technology in the screen of new iPhones. Apple first tried the technology in iPad Pro 9.7 allowing the screen to dynamically adjust white balance as per the environment and lightening conditions.
The company is said to be working on getting the handsets grab 1080p sharpness, and offer QHD or 4K display. The introduction of 3D Touch 2.0 sensor with sharp haptic feedback seems to be in as a replacement for the home button. The Home button is stated to being replaced with a non-clicking touch sensor with haptic feedback.
Though Ming-Chi Kuo has not spoken about the battery upgrades; another tech blogger (Gorden Kelly) has predicted that Apple is bringing the biggest upgrade to the battery in Apple’s history. Reportedly, Apple will introduce 3150 to 3200 mAh batteries in iPhone 7 series. This upgrade is roughly 14% jump in battery capacity as compared to the iPhone 6S, an increase from 1715 mAh to 1960 mAh in real terms.