We’re just a few short hours away from Tim Cook and company taking the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and taking the wraps off of the highly anticipated iPhone 7. Predictably, the rumor mill has been operating at full throttle over the last few days, and we thought we’d color in some last-minute rumors about the iPhone 7 that you might have missed.
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Over the weekend, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published an expansive research report detailing a number of previously unknown tidbits about the iPhone 7’s features and specs. While iPhone rumors can sometimes be a dime a dozen, Kuo’s track record has always been rather impressive. So, let’s drive right in.
Right off the bat, Kuo corroborates previous reports pointing to Apple eliminating the 16GB storage option from its iPhone lineup. In turn, Kuo relays that the storage tiers for the iPhone 7 will be 32GB/128GB/256GB. That said, it will be interesting to see if all of that extra storage is simply Apple’s way of luring in upgraders or perhaps a necessity due to more advanced cameras that take photos with larger file sizes. Regardless, it’s nice to see Apple finally abandon the long outdated 16GB storage option.
We’ve also seen a number of leaks regarding the iPhone 7’s color options, including some far-fetched rumors pointing to a potential Dark Blue iPhone 7 model. Truth be told, Apple’s color choices with the iPhone 7 won’t be terribly bold, but there will be some changes.
The traditional Space Grey iPhone model will be left on the shelf and will instead be replaced by two new colors, “dark black” and "piano black.” For those curious, the dark black is said to be more along the lines of a "space black" (similar to the Apple Watch of the same name), while the piano black is said to feature a more glossy design. Other iPhone 7 color options will include mainstays such as gold, rose gold, and silver.
Regarding the iPhone 7’s internals, it’s believed that Apple’s A10 processor will be an absolute beast. While purely speculative, alleged Geekbench performance metrics suggest that Apple’s new blazing-fast processor will be even more powerful than Apple’s gargantuan 12.9-in. iPad Pro. And as a point of interest, the iPhone 7 Plus is said to feature 3GB of RAM, perhaps to accommodate the device’s advanced dual camera system.
The iPhone 7, according to Kuo, will also be more water resistant than the iPhone 6s and will feature an IPX7 rating that will allow it to be submerged in upwards in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes.
Flush home button
Another interesting design change is that the iPhone 7’s home button will likely be flush with the screen and will be static. In other words, the mechanical home button we’re accustomed to will be no more. In its place, Apple will take advantage of a series of sensors that will deliver haptic feedback when the home button is called into action.
And with that, the wait is now on. You can watch the iPhone 7 announcement on any platform of your choosing by checking out this how-to guide.