If the recent reports are to be believed, Apple will be unveiling its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 6, before they go on preorders on September 9. As iPhone sales are dipping globally, Apple will have a lot riding on the iPhone 7 to bring about a change in fortunes. With less than two months to go, the leaks and rumors around the upcoming iPhones are showing no signs slowing down. Here’s a collation of all the leaks and rumors we have come across so far. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
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Home button: While Apple will retain the home button on the iPhone 7, the overall will be drastically different. For one, the button won’t be clickable and will sit flush with the front of the device. It will boast Force Touch technology, and it will offer haptic feedback similar to the trackpad on the MacBooks.
No 3.5mm audio jack: Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both are expected to come sans the decade old 3.5mm audio jack. Instead the Lightning port will be used for charging as well as audio output. While there have been reports about wireless headsets and leaked photos showing new EarPods with a Lightning cable, a leaked video has surfaced online giving us a definitive look at Apple’s solution.
The video shows a compact Lightning to 3.5mm adaptor, with a male Lightning connector at one end and a 3.5mm input at the other end. The overall design, white color and the size of the adaptor does look like something Apple would design. The leakster claims to have sourced the adaptor from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam, and says that it only works on devices running on iOS 10 beta.
Dual-cameras: The dual-camera setup is expected to be the highlight of the iPhone 7 Plus variant. Based on what we have come across so far, one of the lenses is expected to capture still photos, while the other lens could be used for 2-3x optical zoom and for improved low-light performance. Last year, Apple acquired a camera technology firm LinX, which specializes in dual-lens technology. Recently, an Apple patent showed off a split-screen viewfinder allowing users to view full image in the wide-angle lens and zoom in with the telephoto lens.
Waterproofing: One of the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy 7 and Galaxy S7 edge is the water and dust resistant capabilities, allowing users to use the phone in the rain or submerge it under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes without damaging the internals. The current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus does unofficially sport some sort of water resistant capabilities, and the feature could officially make way to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Other rumors also suggest that we could see a quad speaker setup for enhanced audio experience, long distance wireless charging from a distance of up to 15 feet and more. However, it remains to be seen what all rumored features finally make way to the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus design
We have come across a whole lot of leaked iPhone 7 photos, and almost all of them show a design that is similar to last year’s iPhones. That said, there are quite a few changes like relocated antenna lines, and also a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 Plus. The Smart Connector was introduced with the iPad Pro last year, and it could be used to connect to a Smart Keyboard to make typing easier.
One of the things that differentiates the two iPhone variants is the camera. On the iPhone 7, there is one camera lens at the top-left corner, which is visibly bigger than the ones seen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. On the iPhone 7 Plus though, there is the rumored dual-lens camera that is likely to be the highlight of this variant.
New color variant The iPhone 6 was offered in Gold, Silver and Space Gray Color options. With the iPhone 6s, Apple introduced a new Rose Gold color option. Now, with the iPhone 7, Apple is rumored to add yet another color variant called Space Black. Rumors also point that it could be a slightly darker variant of the Space Gray color. Renders of how the iPhone 7 would look in the new color, reveal what could possibly be our new favorite iPhone color.
Mute switch: There is still quite a few speculations about the mute switch. Recently, a couple of sketchy looking photos showed the iPhone 7 Plus without the mute switch. But the latest leaked video shows the mute switch exactly where you expect it to be. We don t really expect Apple to do away with the switch just yet. For one, a company which is so obsessed with uniformity of its devices, won t remove the feature from iPhone 7 Plus, while still having it on iPhone 7. We will have to wait until more leaks pour in to get more clarity.
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Specifications
Chipset and RAM: The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be powered by Apple s next-gen A10 processor. The current generation A9 processor is manufactured by Samsung and TSMC. Last year, the TSMC A9 processor was found to outperform the Samsung-made A9 chipset and current rumors suggest that the A10 processor could be solely manufactured by TSMC. Coming to the RAM, the iPhone 7 could continue with the same 2GB of RAM, whereas the iPhone 7 Plus could feature 3GB of RAM.
Storage: For the past few years, the base variant of iPhone comes with 16GB of onboard storage, out of which, only 12GB is user accessible. With a higher resolution camera that can capture 4K videos, graphics intense games and 64-bit apps for the iPhone, 16GB of storage is turning out to be too less. To address this, Apple is likely to do away with 16GB base variant and make 32GB the new standard, starting with iPhone 7. Just like the iPad Pro with 256GB onboard storage, the iPhone 7 could also get a 256GB version.
Battery: A few months ago, we came across a sketchy rumor stating that the iPhone 7 will boast a slightly larger battery. Now, according to new leaks, the Apple iPhone 7 will ship with a 1,960mAh battery, compared to 1,715mAh battery on the iPhone 6s. While this is a jump of 14 percent, it doesn t necessarily mean that the new iPhone will offer 14 percent better battery life. The jump in battery capacity may be required to handle the processing power required by the next-generation Apple A10 processor.
One thing is clear right from the onset, Apple isn t making a lot of changes on the design front, but there are enough tweaks to keep things new. The most visible of them is the moving of the antenna lines, which have now been pushed to the top and bottom edges. The camera cutout at the top-left corner is also much larger than previous iPhones, as the iPhone 7 is expected to boast a much improved camera.
The video reiterates that Apple is ditching the 3.5mm audio jack. The Lightning Port will now be used for charging as well as audio. Recently, an alleged pair of earpods with a Lightning connector was also spotted online that adds weight to these leaks.