Just a few hours more and Apple will finally unveil its highly anticipated smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, to the world. Before Tim Cook takes the wraps off of the handsets, however, here’s your final chance to know the possible specs and features the iOS-running mobile devices would be sporting. Also, in case you are wondering if you have enough budget to buy any of the new iPhones, expected pricing for the different variants are covered below.
To start off, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus successors are not going to be very different from their predecessors, form factor-wise. The iPhone 7 is very reminiscent of the 4.7-inch 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus certainly takes after the 5.5-inch 6s Plus. The physical designs of the new iPhones are also very similar to the ones last year’s iPhones are rocking. When putting the mockups of the new iPhones and the current iPhones side by side, it is evident how they resemble each other save for the antenna bands that have been rearranged for the upcoming handsets and the protruding dual-lens camera module at the back of the 7 Plus.
Speaking of cameras, the camera technology present in the iPhone 7 is rumored to be consistent with the iPhone 6s’. Thus, fans can expect the new 4.7-inch flagship to come with a 5-megapixel camera up front and a 12-megapixel camera at the back. The iPhone 7 Plus is a different story, however, since it is rumored to come with a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a dual-lens camera system that is capable of taking DSLR-quality photos. To make this possible, the Cupertino giant has reportedly placed a wide-angle camera lens adjacent to a telephoto camera. Both lenses are said to feature 12-megapixel sensors, but only the wide-angle camera has optical image stabilization and a 6P lens, according to First Post.
When it comes to the processors of the new devices, fans can expect the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to arrive with the all-new and more powerful A10 chips that are complemented by the 3GB RAM. The inclusion of the A10 chip is believed to show faster and seamless processing, so the new iPhones are expected to do better than the 6s and the 6s Plus that house the A9 chips underneath. To prove just how powerful the A10 chip is, 9To5Mac reported two days ago that the iPhone 7 is faster than the iPhone 6s by 35 percent per leaked GeekBench ratings.
Other minor upgrades that can be expected from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus include their enhanced display panels that mimic the stunning visual performance of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro; the new mobile OS, called iOS 10, that is said to bring a lot of new things to the table and the five color options that fans can choose from, namely: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Piano Black. As previously reported, however, the Space Gray color option may have been modified to have a darker shade.
Furthermore, as what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted, Apple fans can expect the new iPhones to debut with a new audio amplifier in lieu of a second speaker at the bottom of the devices now that the universal 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. To make up for the absence of the headphone jack, Apple is rumored to launch its new wireless earphones, called AirPods, that could either be bundled with the iPhones or sold separately. Kuo also stated that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would come with improved IPX7 waterproofing and upgraded LED flash at the back to ensure that users would only capture high quality photos all the time.
Finally, when it comes to the onboard storage options and pricing of the different iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, circulating rumors are hinting at the disappearance of the 16GB base model and the addition of the 256GB top-tier storage variant. The iPhone 7 32GB base model is expected to cost $790, the middle-tier 128GB is said to cost $910, while the top-tier 256GB is likely to shell for $1,060. For the iPhone 7 Plus counterparts, pricing goes as follows: $910 for the 32GB model, $1,030 for the 128GB model and $1,180 for the 256GB model.
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