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Apple iPhone 7 : All you need to know

iPhone 7 introduction

Apple iPhone 7 Mockup Image

Since Apple is surely going to make an iPhone 7, there were bound to be leaks, reports, rumors and wishlists of the features it will sport. People are saying some crazy things about the next iOS handset, which is why we’ve listed out the specifications it’s most likely to have and filtered out the rest.

Or have we? Why don’t you find out for yourself? None of the terribly far-fetched theories about the iPhone 7 have made it to this list, we promise you. Hopefully, it’ll be helpful if you’re trying to decide whether or not to buy the two-month old Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

iPhone 7 twin-camera system

Apple, like any other shrewd business giant, is notorious for filing numerous patent applications, many of which never translate into its devices. But an interesting new patent suggests the company is developing a twin-camera system for its iPhone. This could be a big clue to what lies in store since there have been reports of such a module heading for the iPhone 7.

A dual rear camera may lead to wider photography possibilities for the iPhone 7. For instance, the patent suggests it might be used as a way to zoom in on pictures without losing image quality. This would be enabled thanks to the power of a standard lens and a telephoto one combined. It would allow the phone 2 focal lengths to choose from.

UPDATE: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, says Apple is looking to build two 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus versions. One will sport the dual camera setup, enabled with LinX technology for up to 3x optical zoom, SLR-quality shooting and quite possibly, 3D mapping.

iPhone 7 twin-camera system continued

Apple Patent Dual Cameras

The patent further suggests the twin camera module could capture slow motion, 4K and 1080 videos in addition to pictures, at the same time. Apple gives the example of a sports match as a way of utilizing this tool, where a user can shoot standard quality videos and mate it with zoomed in slo-mo footage.

There’s no concrete hint that the dual camera setup will make its way to the iPhone 7. The Apple application indicates it may be used in a range of devices like a mobile phone, laptop, tablet and camera. Interestingly, there’s mention of the feature getting installed in a gaming computer with orientation sensors.

Update: RAM and waterproofing

Apple iPhone 7

Apple is expected to roll out an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus. The second of the two could arrive with 3GB RAM, allowing the handset to boast about incorporating the kind of features high end Android offerings have these days. Of course, Cupertino’s devices have never had a problem with lower RAM and they mostly deliver lag-free performance.

Chassis supplier Catcher Technology says the iPhone 7 will be using a completely different build material as compared to the previous generation smartphones. The iPhone 6S series already boast of better resistance to liquids. The next two might be officially waterproof, according to the company.

Update: 256GB storage and no antenna bands

iPhone 7 Plus Mockup Image
In the previous point, we had noted down the leak from Catcher Technology which claims the iPhone 7 and its Plus version could be waterproof. Apparently, Apple is working to incorporate new compound materials in the next gen handsets in order to cover the standard antenna strips normally found on the rear.

With regards to storage, a brand new rumor says that the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will arrive with more internal memory and a bigger battery as compared to its smaller 4.7-inch cousin. It is speculated to offer a massive 256GB of internal storage and a 3100mAh battery.

Brand new design – Part 1

iPhone 7 Display Concept

Now Apple generally introduces a spanking new design after two generations of iPhones, like it did after the iPhone 5 and 5S, for example. But the company which launched the ‘Jesus phone’ hasn’t done anything revolutionary with its handsets’ exteriors for too long. Whispers of a radical change in the pipeline have naturally arisen.

Remember the Nokia N9 and its button-less display? The time may be ripe for Apple to adopt such an aesthetic, providing it can pull it off. The home button could be left out of the iPhone 7 and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor might be moved to the side or back, enabling the company to stick on a larger screen or reduce the smartphone’s size.

Brand new design – Part 2

iPhone 7 Concept

According to a 2014 patent filed by Apple, it may be interested in separating Touch ID from the home button and bonding the biometric sensor directly to the touchscreen. This would mean putting your finger anywhere on the display to unlock it or authorize payments. If it’s successful, we could pray for an edge-to-edge screen.

Sonovation has managed to bond an ultrasound biometric sensor under a screen, the tech being compatible with Gorilla Glass. Due to foreseeable difficulties in rendering the idea practical, you might want to place your bets on Apple ditching the home button and placing its fingerprint reader on one fixed spot on the iPhone 7 instead.

Sapphire glass display

iPhone Camera

Since its Retina display magic, Apple has fallen back in the resolution race. It will want to not just catch up to competitors like Samsung and LG, but also beat them at it. With the iPhone 7, you can expect more pixels per inch than what the iPhone 6S or 6S Plus models offer. And let’s put OLED in place of LED on the wishlist.

The iSight camera lens, home button and Apple Watch feature the ultra-scratch-resistant sapphire glass. It’s expensive to manufacture and Apple needs to ensure that there won’t be supply chain issues because producing flawless layers of the crystal is really tough. Maybe the iPhone 7 will be the first iOS device to come with it?

Liquidmetal for stronger, thinner frame

Apple iPhone Meme

Do you remember the bendgate controversy which plagued the iPhone 6 Plus? It was blamed on the large 5.5-inch screen fitted on top of an unreasonably skinny frame. As a result, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus arrived with powerful chassis built out of 7000-series aluminum. Apple will want to make the iPhone 7 thinner than ever, of course.

This had led to speculations that the company could go for something other than aluminum for the next iPhone. Plastic seems too inexpensive for a handset which will cost an arm and a leg. Liquidmetal, an extremely strong but easily moldable alloy of metals, might be the choice of material. We’ll try not to cut our fingers on it, Apple.

D jack for headphones (Updated)

Apple D Jack For Headphones

What do you get when you saw the plug end of your headphones in half? A non-functioning pair of cans, obviously. Since Apple’s deepest ambition is to design an iPhone as thin as a scratch, every iteration of its popular line of handsets is more skeletal than its predecessor. The iPhone 7 will naturally be skinnier than the iPhone 6S.

But there’s only so thin one can go, you’d think. Not Apple though; the company’s plotting to launch a future iPhone with a D jack. It’s supposed to be even smaller than the current 3.5mm and 2.5mm headphone ports. The port and the plug will both be in the shape of the letter D (see image posted below for clarity), hence the name.

Update: The iPhone 7 may not have any kind of earphone jack after all. A new leak suggests that Apple will make use of the Lightning port for enabling smartphone to headphone connectivity.

Intel Inside

Apple iPhone 7 Intel Inside

Word is that the 2016 iPhone will have Intel’s 7360 LTE modem chip inside it. The company has apparently set an army of 1000 employees or more to work on the task. All the current iPhone units use Qualcomm’s 9X45 LTE chip. This situation may however change in 2016, as Apple is reportedly considering both hardware makers for it handsets.

So some iPhone 7 units might house Qualcomm components as well as those from Intel. The latter will obviously need to jump through all the hoops Apple places in front of it first. For both companies, the future could hold a deal over the creation of a SoC combining both the smartphone’s processor and the LTE modem chip.

New software features with iOS 10

Android To iOS

iOS 9 landed with a ton of exciting features to improve the way iPhone, iPad and iPod users interact with their devices. You can check the remaining power on your iOS as well as connected gadget through the new battery widget. Proactive has made Siri a smarter digital personal assistant and the iPad can do multitasking now.

For all ye Android deserters out there, Apple announced the Move to iOS app along with its latest operating system. Where do we even begin the wishlist for what we want to see in iOS 10? But you can rest assured; the iPhone 7 will have a great host of functions piggybacking on the next version of the company’s software.

No more price bullying

iPhone 7 Concept

Doesn’t it really annoy you that the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6S/6S Plus have a $100 (Rs 10000) difference between them, and so do their $64GB and 128GB versions? How does a manufacturer point a potential buyer of the 16GB model to the 64GB one when they complain of lack of storage and a microSD card slot? With a subtle nudge?

Apple’s infuriating pricing policy is more of a painful dig in the ribs followed by a forceful shove towards the higher capacity unit. The customers who didn’t bite could’ve felt like they got a slightly sour deal. The company should phase out the 16GB variant and sell the iPhone 7 in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB memory options instead.

Reversible USB charger

USB Type-C

Have you noticed how the term USB Type-C is being used more frequently by smartphone manufacturers? There’s a chance that Apple will deign to follow the trend and drop the Lightning connector for this reversible option. Of course, such a change might annoy a lot of good folks who’ve stocked up on charging cables and adapters.

It’s high time Apple picked sides, both sides of it and said, “It’s a damn good USB solution.” Or maybe we’ve put it on this roster of specifications the iPhone 7 needs to have because we’d really love for Android and iOS fans to be able to share their USB chargers. The world would be a much nicer place for it, don’t you think?

Wireless charging

iPhone Charging

The Apple Watch secretly harbors the ability to suck up electricity from a Qi-compliant wireless charger. Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola and others have one or more products compatible with the tech. But Apple has so far avoided the inductive charging scene even though Qi can now deliver 15W of power to mobile phones.

The related technology been around for long and is not efficient enough since it wastes a power in the form of heat. On the other hand, we’re talking less e-garbage with regards to cables, adapters and more. If you’re a fan, keep your chin up. We think Apple could cave to popular demand and introduce wireless charging in the iPhone 7.

Bonus

iPhone 7 Design

We’ll agree with you if you say a flexible or wraparound display is highly unlikely to make its way onto the iPhone 7. Since the smartphone’s battery life is already good, there’s little to indicate that enhancing it is a priority for Apple.

Don’t even go near the rumor about the home button transforming into a mini joystick for gaming buffs. The Apple iPhone 7 may see its release date fall in September 2016, according to tradition. We’ll update this list with the latest details as they emerge. So keep your eyes peeled for more.

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