Apple is about to officially launch its latest and greatest iPhones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, on Sept. 7. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a solid track record of reporting new Apple devices, has revealed major details ahead of Apple's event.
When reports surfaced in November 2015 claiming that Apple was planning to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone port from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, most chalked it up to nothing more than a crazy rumor about devices that were almost a full year from being launched. As we moved into 2016, reports of Apple removing the headphone port from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus became more regular and so did claims of how Apple was planning to alleviate the discomfort.
Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with updated EarPods in the box, which will swap out the usual 3.5mm jack with Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. The company is also expected to include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter that will allow users to plug in their favorite headphones. Reports also claim Apple will debut wireless AirPod headphones for users not wanting to use an adapter or headphones with cords, as the device just received certification alongside the Apple Watch 2.
With only a few days before Apple takes the wraps off of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch 2, Kuo has provided a complete a rundown of what to expect from Apple in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in three storage configurations; 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be powered by a new A10 chip from TSMC that will have a clock speed of 2.4-2.45GHz. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will sport 2 GB of RAM, like its predecessors, while the 5.5-nch iPhone 7 Plus will contain 3 GB in order to support the high-end 12-megapixel dual-lens camera.
The analyst also confirmed that the pair would swap out physical Home buttons for a new 3D Touch Home button with Touch ID that will take advantage of an updated Taptic Engine, which will produce a clicking sensation similar to the company's Force Touch trackpads' feature.
Apple will reportedly improve the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus by using the True Tone technology used in the iPad Pro. Kuo confirms the larger iPhone 7 Plus will include a rear camera made up of two 12-megapixel lenses.
Kuo expects that Apple will offer the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in five color options: glossy Piano Black, Dark Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.
We just might have gotten an early look at the Rose Gold iPhone 7 Plus, as Sonny Dickson, who also has a solid track record of reporting Apple news in the past, recently posted a video of what is supposedly the Rose Gold iPhone 7 Plus in action, which can be seen below.
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— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) August 31, 2016