The New iPhone 7
The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to come packed with a heap of new features. Here are some of the rumoured upgrades.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are expected to hit the streets around mid-September. Predicted to boast a super-sleek profile along with a host of snazzy new features, here’s what you need to know about Apple’s latest iPhone release.
When’s the big launch?
Get ready – according to predictions from TechAdvisor, the new iPhone 7 may start flying off the shelves as early as Tuesday 13 September 2016. As with its predecessor, the iPhone 6, Apple is predicted to release at least two versions of the new iPhone – the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus – offering users a choice of display size and options.
It is rumoured that the iPhone 7 range will actually be called the ‘iPhone 6SE’, but this cannot be confirmed until the release date.
How is it different?
Those expecting a major redesign may be disappointed. On the surface, the iPhone 7 could look quite similar to the iPhone 6, featuring the same premium metal unibody case and LCD glass surface. According to tech experts, Apple may be sticking with a 4.7 inch display on the iPhone 7 (same as the iPhone 6), and offering a 5.5 inch display for the iPhone 7 Plus (same as the iPhone 6 Plus)
However, the technology inside may represent a leap forward, with a faster A10 processor and LTE and Wi-Fi chips. Other new features on iPhone 7 may include better waterproofing, redesigned antenna bands, and a more sophisticated dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus model.
It’s rumoured the new iPhone 7 will be available in a new Deep Blue colour (along with the existing Silver, Gold and Rose Gold options), although the exact shades won’t be known until closer to the release date.
Faster with every generation, the new iPhone 7 will be running the iOS10 operating system and may harness the power of the next-generation A10 processor, which manufacturers claim will “allow for better power performance and efficiency” over previous processors. While the final specs have not yet been confirmed, rumours suggest that memory and storage options on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may include:
• 2GB RAM on the iPhone 7 and 3GB RAM on the iPhone 7 Plus model.
• 32GB, 64GB or 128GB capacities on the iPhone 7 and possibly 32, 128 and 256GB on the iPhone 7 Plus.
While these are the experts’ best guesses, the actual specs and options will not be known until closer to the release date.
The new iPhone 7 will likely be sporting the same 12 megapixel camera as seen on previous models, but with redesigns to make it flush against the back of the phone instead of protruding. Meanwhile, it’s rumoured that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-lens camera offering better performance including zero shutter lag, higher resolution, greater colour accuracy and reduced noise levels.
Redesigned antenna bands
With many users objecting to the less-than-attractive look of the three camera bands on the back of the iPhone 6 models, it’s anticipated that the iPhone 7 will come with redesigned and repositioned antenna bands. While they’re not being completely eliminated just yet, the redesign may make them less noticeable and hence, less of an eyesore for users.
Possible Smart Connector for the iPhone 7 Plus
While no one knows for sure just yet, the new iPhone 7 Plus may also come with a Smart Connector, which would allow users to wirelessly charge their iPhones or connect to other accessories, such as a wireless keyboard. Experts also suggest that the iPhone 7 may come with Fast Charging on board – a new feature that will be handy on the iPhone 7 Plus, as Plus models can take longer to charge.
A missing headphone jack
One thing you may not spot on the new iPhone 7 is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is expected to be phased out on this year’s release. Instead, users may be able to connect using wireless Bluetooth earphones or through the Lightning port with an adaptor, or possibly with new Lightning-equipped EarPods. Stereo or dual speakers may be added, too.
A slimmer profile?
Over the years, successive iPhone releases have achieved a slimmer profile. So, will the iPhone 7 continue this trend? According to a rumour on the MacRumors website, the new iPhone 7 may be losing as much as 1mm in thickness, possibly through the removal of the headphone jack and the implementation of a thinner Lightning port on the new models. However, this has not been confirmed.
A more vivid viewing experience?
While the iPhone 7 will probably continue to use the same display technology as the iPhone 6S, experts at Macworld speculate that Apple may integrate some of the major display improvements seen on the iPad Pro on the iPhone 7. This may include technologies to produce more bright and true-to-life colours, with an improved anti-reflection coating to reduce glare and extend battery life.
Better water resistance
Another key feature that users could be welcoming is improved water resistance, thanks to a newly designed water-resistant frame and the removal of the headphone jack. You still probably won’t want to take your iPhone 7 into the pool with you, though.
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