Leading up to its September launch, Apple has watched details about its upcoming iPhones leak on a daily basis. The latest comes in the form of what is reportedly the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/Pro showing some of its specs on Geekbench.
Samsung has seen strong interest in its latest Galaxy Note smartphone, the just introduced Galaxy Note 7. The company has reportedly broken preorder records in its home country of South Korea with over 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones preordered in two days, which doubles the 100,000 preorders it received for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
The Galaxy Note 7 will get a head start on what is sure to be its biggest rival, Apple's iPhone 7 Plus/Pro. While the Galaxy Note 7 rocks a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will ship with a 5.5-inch Full HD display.
Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, which features a fresher design than that of its predecessors, Apple is using a design that virtually mirrors the design of 2014's iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus, and last year's iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus. The company is planning to make a few small tweaks and one of them is sure to frustrate users.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014, many people complained about how the vertical antenna bands on the rear of the smartphones took away from Apple's typical minimalist look. The following year, it received similar criticism with the antenna bands once again gracing the back of the devices. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will have visible rear antenna bands, but they have been placed at the top and bottom of the handsets, leaving its back free of vertical lines.
One feature or lack thereof will likely dominate headlines after Apple officially unveils the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro at its rumored Sept. 6 press event. The handsets will be the first iPhones to ship without a standard 3.5mm headphone port, which will require users to use the Lightning EarPods expected to be in the box, their favorite headphones and a special Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, or wireless headphones.
A new report appears to reveal that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will also differ from each other in two key areas; cameras and RAM.
The iPhone 7 Plus/Pro is widely believed to employ a high end dual-lens rear camera, while the iPhone 7 will sport a single lens rear shooter. In May, the larger iPhone was reported to include 3 GB of RAM in order to handle the image processing required by the dual cameras and reports also claimed the iPhone 7 would ship with 2 GB of RAM.
If a screenshot of what is reportedly the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro is to be believed, the 5.5-inch smartphone will indeed pack in 3 GB of RAM. The image is supposedly a screenshot of the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro on Geekbench. It's listed as iPhone 9,2 and is running iOS 10. The benchmark shows its A10 processor is a 2.37GHz dual-core chip and includes 3 GB of RAM. The smartphone received a single-core score of 3548 and multi-core score of 6430, which outpaces the iPhone 6s Plus, with its 2531 single-core score and its 4404 multi-core score.
As always it's best to take iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro reports with a grain of salt, but thankfully all will be revealed in a few weeks.