There were rumors that Apple was planning to launch two iPhone 7 Plus models; one with a rear dual-lens camera and one without. A new report claims there will only be one released, and it will pack a dual-lens rear camera and 3 GB of RAM to handle image processing.
iPhone fans are certainly getting their fill with almost daily leaks pertaining to Apple's next-generation flagship iPhones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro. In late April, a report surfaced that claimed Apple was planning to take a page out of Samsung's current Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feature set by designing the metal case of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be waterproof.
This wouldn't be the first time sources claimed Apple was planning to introduce a waterproof case for the company's flagship iPhone, but Tim Cook might have possibly hinted at the feature when he appeared on CNBC's Mad Money.
"We've got great innovation in the pipeline. New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people [who] have iPhones today to upgrade to new iPhones," said Cook in the interview. "We are going to give you things you can't live without that you just don't know you need today. That has always been the objective of Apple; to do things that really enrich people's lives, that you look back on and you wonder 'how did I live without this?'"
Another theory is that Apple will finally add wireless charging capabilities, which have been standard on most flagship Android smartphones out of the box for the last couple of years. If true, it appears this feature might only make its way to the higher-end iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, as leaked schematics showed that device including the iPad Pro's Smart Connector port, which can be used to add keyboard accessories and charging docks and a rear dual-lens camera. However, a leaked image of what is reportedly an iPhone 7 dummy unit clearly showed Smart Connector support and a single-lens rear camera.
This report was contradicted when new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro renders leaked and showed the Smart Connector would only be included in the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, which could be viewed as Apple dropping the "Plus" moniker and adding "Pro," since the Smart Connector has, so far, been reserved for the company's iPad Pro tablets.
Now, a new report from KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record with predicting upcoming Apple devices and features has revised one of his earlier reports.
"In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch iPhone model (referred to as iPhone 7 Plus), to be launched in 2H16, may come in two versions: one with rear single-camera and the other with rear dual-camera. However, we now believe Apple (U.S.) will only roll out the dual-camera version in 2H16, with 3 GB RAM to meet image processing requirements, and we estimate shipments of this model in 2016F of 20 to 30 mn units," stated Kuo.
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