We are barely an hour away from Apple s grand event where the company is expected to unveil the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with Apple Watch 2. The keynote kicks off at 10:30PM IST at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Apple will also be live streaming the event, allowing you to watch it from you iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Windows 10 PC. Word is out that Apple would launch the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 16 in first wave of countries. Numerous leaks have already given us a fair idea of what the new iPhones are likely to pack. Here s a roundup of everything we already know about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Also Read - This photo shot with iPhone X by an Indian wins iPhone Photography Awards 2021Also Read - Top Apple gadgets, accessories for less than Rs 15,000 for Apple fans
This year s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may not bring drastic design changes compared to last year s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. However, the new iPhones are likely to bring faster and upgraded hardware than the predecessors. Some of the improvements expected in the new iPhones include faster A10 chipset with M10 motion co-processors, better cameras, and double onboard storage. The iPhone 7 Plus also expected to come with dual camera setup at the back to allow zoom-like feature and refocus photos to add DSLR-like blur effects. Also, Apple is most likely to do away with the 3.5mm audio port and use the Lightning connector instead.
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus design and color options
Traditionally, Apple has been refreshing the design of its iPhones after every two generations. The iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6 came with major design changes, whereas the s variants — iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6s continued with the same design, albeit under the hood hardware upgrades, more like a tick-tock cycle. However, that may not be the same with the iPhone 7, as Apple is reportedly opting for tick-tock-tock cycle.
Most users never liked those ugly and distracting antenna bands at the back of the iPhones. Apple understands that, and is likely to push those along the top and bottom edges of the panel, thus giving the new iPhones a much cleaner look. The new iPhones are also expected to be slightly thinner, yet made from stronger materials. In terms of color options, a new dark black color variant to replace the space gray variant, a piano black color variant with glossy finish is also expected which may be offered in limited quantities and possibly restricted to higher storage variant. Other three colors could be the same as existing silver, gold and rose gold. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus launch live streaming; how to watch online at 10:30PM IST on any device
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus specifications
Chipset and RAM: The new iPhones are likely to be powered by Apple s 64-bit A10 processors clocked at up to 2.4GHz. While the iPhone 7 could sport 2GB of RAM, the iPhone 7 Plus could come with a slightly higher 3GB of RAM. As always, we expect Apple to announce significant performance improvement over the A9 chipset that powered the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. A leaked benchmark result suggests that the A10 processor would be more powerful than Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 processor, which powers almost all Android flagship smartphones.
Cameras: While the iPhone 6-series was equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera, the iPhone 6s-series got the required upgrade with 12-megapixel sensor (aperture f/2.2). Now, while camera resolution on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is expected to be the same, Apple is likely to go with a larger aperture of f/1.9 for better low-light photography. While the iPhone 7 camera module is expected to come with OIS (optical image stabilization) support that was missing in the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to sport dual camera module at the back.
Display: A few weeks ago, we came across rumors that Apple may give the new iPhones with the much-needed display resolution upgrades. However, in all likelihood, Apple may continue with 4.7-inch HD display on the iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display on the iPhone 7 Plus. The resolution upgrades may come next year, when Apple is expected to shift from LCD panels to OLED panels. However, it could be possible that Apple goes for the true tone display feature that it introduced with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Storage: For more than a couple of years, users had been complaining about 16GB storage not being sufficient for their storage needs. And finally, Apple may give the new iPhones the much-needed storage bump. The lineup is likely to start at 32GB, with other two variants sporting as much as 128GB and 256GB storage.
Battery: Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to pack 1,960mAh and 2,910mAh batteries, respectively. This would be approximately 14 percent bigger than the existing batteries.
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus features
Working of dual-camera: Earlier today, a massive leak revealed the expected working of dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus. Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that both modules will be of 12-megapixel resolution a wide-angle lens and the other will be a telephoto lens. The system will not only replicate optical zoom-like functionality, both also boast ability for Lytro-style refocusing using light field camera applications. Also, the LED flash module is likely to feature four True Tone flash two cool and two warm tones. Apple may also add an ambient light sensor to ensure better low-light photographic capabilities of the cameras. The new iPhones could also support 4K video recording at 60fps, which would be made possible with the new A10 chipset.
Water resistance: Although not officially mentioned, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus did boast water resistance capabilities. Now, with the new iPhones, Apple is likely to improve the water resistance, allowing one to use it underwater too.
Touch ID button: Apple may also revamp the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. While the previous iPhones had clickable buttons, the new iPhones may come with capacitive touch buttons. It may also include pressure sensitive Force Touch support, just like the one on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. This would also help with the water resistance of the new iPhones.
No 3.5mm audio jack: For years, audio on smartphones have been routed via a 3.5mm jack, but Apple is expected to take the leap by ditching the age-old connector. Instead, the audio will be routed via Lightning connector and Bluetooth. The new iPhones are likely to ship with Lightning port EarPods and a Lighting to 3.5mm connector. There had been rumors that Apple may also unveil truly wireless in-ear EarPods, which may come bundled with the top end 256GB variant.
Front facing speaker: Kuo’s note also mentioned that the ear piece would also double up as a speaker, which would improve the iPhone’s audio chops especially when users are watching videos. There were rumors that the new iPhones could also get the quad-speaker arrangement like the iPad Pro, but that’s unlikely to happen.
Apple Watch 2, refreshed Apple Watch (first gen) specifications and features
Apple is also expected to take wraps off the highly anticipated Apple Watch 2. Having the same design and form factor as the existing Apple Watch, it is expected to come with a faster processor, larger capacity battery, thinner display, improved water resistance, onboard GPS and barometer. Apple is also rumored to unveil refreshed Apple Watch (first gen) model with improved water resistance capabilities.
Apple may also choose to show off the new MacBook with OLED touch panel that has been in the rumors for a long time. With just one day to go for the event, we will keep you updated with all the details as and when Apple announces them. Till then, stay tuned.