Everything (we think) we know about the iPhone 7
A major camera update
Apple will shake things up majorly in the camera segment. While the cameras in the previous iPhones were nothing less than extraordinary, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-camera setup for the first time. This will be the biggest thing separating the two variants now.
Even the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will see an upgraded camera with a larger lens and maybe even a wider one. This will enable brighter photographs even in low light, in spite of Apple sticking to the same 12-megapixel sensor.
As for the dual-camera setup on the iPhone Plus, the two lenses can either be used for some interesting depth-of-field play or it could give optical zooming abilities. Apple acquired an imaging company LinX in the past which had showcasing sharper zoomed photos.
However, KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo filed a new report saying the dual-camera tech will be radically different from what we have already seen so far in the Android flagships this year. Considering how Apple always tends to do things differently, it will surely have interesting implications for the industry.
Similar design to iPhone 6S
This is probably the only category which will disappoint. The iPhone 7 is not going to bring any major upgrades in design, even though it is Apple’s tradition to introduce a new design with every new numbered variant.
If leaked photos are to be believed, the iPhone 6S design is going to be carried over to this one, with full glass front display and an aluminum body. However, Apple may bring some nifty changes to the highly-criticized antenna lines. The leaked photos show the antenna lines are only on the side edges and not on the back like the iPhone 6S. There are also rumors that the iPhone 7 will be water resistant.
Having said that, Apple will reserve any bold design makeover for the next iPhone which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the phone that started it all.
An upgraded processor, although nothing fancy.
A new and upgraded A10 processor will be powering the iPhone 7. Analysts have called the new processor to be much faster than the current A9 chip running the iPhone 6S. Being clocked at 2.4GHz, this new processor will probably be only slightly faster than the A9X chip found in the iPad Pro, as indicated by leaked benchmark reports. This new speed could prove essential in ensuring faster image processing as Apple’s ISP works together with the software to deliver crystal clear images.
There is chatter that the iPhone 7 Plus may come with 3GB of RAM which could further take the performance to another level. Already, leaked benchmarks have revealed the A10 processor annihilates the iPhone 6S A9 chip in single thread performance.
No 3.5mm headphone jack
This is definitely the most controversial change the iPhone 7 is going to bring. For months, rumors have been going round that Apple is losing the headphone jack. Leaked images as well as leaked manuals from the iPhone 7 Plus’ box reveal the devices are going to ship with Lightning EarPods. There will also be a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter for connecting the soon-to-be obsolete 3.5mm headphones.
Apple has also been tipped to be releasing a set of truly wireless AirPods which will be sold separately. Rumors suggest Apple will use a completely new wireless technology. The AirPods will be pegged as premium headphones, even higher than the Beats lineup of Bluetooth headphones.
New Storage options and NFC
Apple will ditch the agonizing 16GB variant, according to reports. Instead, the base model of the iPhone 7 will start from 32GB and may go all the way up to 128GB and 256GB.
Also, according to the leaked manuals, the new phone will finally come with NFC to enable contactless payments through Apple Pay and for wirelessly connecting to other devices.
Force Touch home button and new color variants
Apple is tipped to be bringing to new colors into the already existing mix of grey, silver, gold and rose gold colors. The new color variants are going to be space black and deep blue.
Apart from this, Apple will bring the pressure -sensitive 3D touch to the home button. This will give a cleaner design along with being reliable. In the previous iPhones, the home button often had the tendency to be faulty.
Also, with the 3.5mm headphone jack going, the iPhone 7 is going to be a lot thinner.