In just two more days, Apple will be revealing their latest flagship to the world via online streaming. So before the day comes, we are going to have a round up of all the previous rumours of what the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have, thanks to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a solid reputation when it comes to Apple product rumours. Without further ado, below are the list of upcoming upgrades and features:
- A new A10 chip from TSMC that could clock in at 2.4-2.45 GHz, although Apple may clock it a bit lower due to heat and power consumption concerns.
- Storage capacities starting from 32GB, to 128GB, and 256GB on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus will include 3GB of DRAM to support the dual-lens camera, while the iPhone 7 will continue to include 2 GB.
- Five color options including the usual silver, gold, and rose gold, along with a "dark black" replacing the usual Space Gray. A new fifth color Kuo describes as glossy "piano black" will also be offered. A photo of SIM trays in those five colors surfaced earlier this week.
- Improved IPX7 water resistance matching that of the original Apple Watch and making the device suitable for splashes, showering, and even brief dips in water up to one meter deep.
- The 3.5mm headphone jack will be absent, with Apple providing both Lightning EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5 mm jack adapter in the box. The reason being of removing is to allow an upgraded speaker and a new sensor for improved Force Touch.
- Earpiece receiver to become a speaker with the addition of a new audio amplifier. Rather than putting a second speaker at the bottom in place of the headphone jack, Apple is said to be upgrading the earpiece receiver at the top of the device to become a full speaker. The change would provide enough separation to allow for stereo sound when the device is held in landscape orientation.
- Pressure-sensitive click-less home button to benefit water resistance. New haptics to mimic a clicking sensation when the button is pressed will be included.
- Wide color displays in the same sizes and resolutions as the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The wide color technology adopted from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will offer better color quality.
- Dual-lens rear camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, which will increase Apple's costs by about $40 (around RM162). Both lenses will be 12MP, but one will be a wide-angle camera with larger pixel sizes, a 6P lens, and optical image stabilization, while the second will be a telephoto lens with smaller pixel sizes and a 5P lens.
- Upgraded rear camera flash with four LEDs (two cool and two warm) and a new ambient light sensor for better image quality.
- Possible upgraded proximity sensor shifting from LED to laser for faster response and greater recognition distance, as well as potential gesture recognition.
- FeliCa NFC support in models sold in Japan, as had been previously rumored for either the iPhone 7 or the 2017 iPhone.
In other news, there's also a new report from Chinese-language MoneyDJ that Apple is planning to adopt an iris scanner feature for the 10th Anniversary iPhone next year. This feature could complement or replace Touch ID as a way to verify a user's identity, and Taiwan-based supplier Xintec, an affiliate of Apple manufacturer TSMC, will begin mass production of iris-recognition chips in 2017.
That's all from today's Apple rumour news, stay tuned for the iPhone 7 series debut as we will be covering the event online at Technave.com!