Apple is set to announce the iPhone 7 on September 7, and rumors are flying. The company remains characteristically tight-lipped on design changes, but analyst Ming-chi Kuo with KGI Securities says there is awesomeness coming, including waterproofing, more cameras, and storage options starting at 32 gigabytes.
If there’s anyone you can trust when it comes to predicting the future of Apple products, it’s Kuo. He has gained celebrity status for savant-level insights ahead of previous releases. According to AppleInsider, here’s what you can expect:
- One big change for the iPhone 7 will be the elimination of the 16 and 64 gigabyte storage options. Instead, the new model will offer 32, 128, and 256 GB capacities.
- The new camera will feature two 12-megapixel lenses, one in wide-angle and one in telephoto. In addition to a new optical zoom, Apple will increase the number of flash LEDs to four. An ambient light sensor will combat poor image quality in low-light atmospheres. It’s expected that the dual-camera design will only be available in the 5.5 inch model.
- In addition to an A10 processor with up to 2.45 gigahertz speeds, there will be improvements on the 3D touch sensor and a new haptic home button. Apple filed 38 patents earlier this year, including for a multi-haptic touch system, so this new home button could be Apple’s first test of adopting the technology system-wide.
- The True Tone display technology unveiled with the 9.7 inch iPad Pro earlier this year will also make its way to the iPhone 7.
- As anticipated, Kuo reports that Apple has pulled the plug on its legacy headphone jack. The company will instead swap out the space for an audio amplifier and will include Lightning EarPods and an adapter with the new model.
- A leak from Nowhere Else reports that Apple has also dropped its mute button, but this wasn’t corroborated in Kuo’s report.
- Clumsy owners can rejoice as the new iPhone will adopt the same waterproofing technology as the Apple Watch. The new model will be able to withstand water immersion of up to one meter for up to 30 minutes.
- Apple is ditching its space gray option to double down on black. It will introduce a dark black and limited, glossy, “piano black.”
The event will also likely include new updates for the Apple Watch and MacBook Pro — the first redesign for the laptop computer in four years.
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