Apple’s upcoming smartphone iPhone 7 has been the subject of rumour mill over the past few weeks and it seems like the rumours are gathering momentum as the usual september launch is getting closer. From these rumours we initialy leant that Apple will do away with the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and route audio through the lightening port instead, we believed it partly because it’s Apple for Christ sake; they don’t play by the industry rule. Another rumour is now claiming that Apple has decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. You should know that some OEM for headphones have already outed headphones fitted with lightening cable instead of the traditional headphone jack.
We are also not expecting any major design changes with the iPhone 7 as Apple will be keeping the design language introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Here is a break down of all the rumours you have been seeing about the iPhone 7
- Apple will launch the iPhone 7 in 3 variants
This year, Apple is expected to release a more premium iPhone alongside the regular iPhone 7 and 7 plus. This does not come as a surprise as its nit the first time Apple is surprising us with major overhaul of their product lineup. Starting from the iPhone 6 and 6 plus which came with a brand new design to accommodate android users who are getting used to larger screen sizes.
In 2013, Apple released two iPhones for the first time – the iPhone 5s and 5c. The following year saw a major design overhaul with Apple ditching its 4-inch smartphone size entirely, and releasing two smartphones in different sizes, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Last year, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were released with software upgrades. However this year, Apple is reportedly taking it a notch further and is tipped to launch three variants namely iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPhone 7 Pro/Plus Premium.
- There will be no 16GB base storage variant
Apple is rumoured to finally be doing away with the 16GB base storage variant, and replacing it with a 32GB option. The company first introduced the 16GB variant in 2008, and it has remained as the base model ever since the iPhone 5 in 2012. With the rise of the app culture, alongside 4K recording capabilities, this shift to a 32GB base model makes sense in more ways than one.
Apple is reportedly also planning to offer a massive 256GB storage for its top model. If this is true, power users will now be able to store more without having to rely on cloud storage or thei PC for backing up excess data. Right now its not known if this ofeer will extend to all varients or it will be only available for the top model.
- No more antenna bands . yay!!!
Those antenna bands that has been an iconic part of iPhones design might disappear totally wit the iPhone 7. At least it will make us differentiate iPhone 7 from other “copycats”
The antenna bands at the back are expected to disappear, giving the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus a sleek simple mono-coloured back design. Leaks suggest that the bands will be shifted to the top and bottom edges instead. A more recent rear panel leak once again points to this.
- Dual SIM iPhone?
A recent report tips that Apple will for the first time include a dual-SIM iPhone in its lineup, though the same report also claims the 3.5mm headphone jack will remain – contradicting several other reports.
- Dual camera setup with OIS
While the iPhone 7 will stick to a single camera lens, the dual camera setup is expected to be embedded in the larger iPhone 7 Plus. This will be the first time Apple dabbles in the dual camera feature, and it will be interesting to see how the dual camera setup changes the quality of the pictures produced, from better low-light performance to improved colour accuracy and faster autofocus. A recent case render also tipped the dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, alongside inclusion of the Smart Connector. While the iPhone 7 Plus is tipped to sport a dual camera setup, both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus variants are tipped to come with optical image stabilisation (OIS).
- “Massive” 3GB of RAM
To accommodate the dual camera setup, the iPhone 7 Plus will increase its RAM size to 3GB. There is no information whether the base iPhone 7 variant will receive the bump, but we sure hope it does. This actually makes sense as Apple just introduced a dual-window like featture in the iOS 10 update. More RAM will actually be good for iPhone if Apple wants to play the spce game with competitors.
- Stereo speakers
A few images have been leaked showing speaker grilles on both the sides of the Lightning port hinting that the iPhone 7 might come with stereo speakers.
A recent leak has tipped that the iPhone 7 will come with two sets of stereo speakers, like the iPad Pro, on the top and bottom panels of the smartphone.
- Slimmer than predecessor
The iPhone 7 is expected to be 1mm slimmer than its predecessor. This can happen only if Apple ditches the 3.5mm audio jack. Currently, the iPhone 6s is 7.1mm thin. The iPhone 7’s metal build, height, width, and design profile will stay the same.
More information about the iPhone 7 will continue to pour in as September gets closer and some of the information provided above may be changed as new truth is revealed. Keep an open mind and dont believe everything you read until the iPhone 7 is actually launched