As tech reporters we’re in something of a singular position to criticism on a inlet of smartphone rumours and consumer seductiveness in new inclination – and there are some unequivocally interesting, if rather comical observations to be made. Like any website, we use Google Analytics to demeanour during trade and hunt trends; we can see what gets examination a most, and what people are looking to examination about a most. And here’s a kicker – a strenuous trend is that people adore rumours; people adore to examination about inclination that haven’t been launched yet, even inclination that are NOWHERE nearby being prepared for launch. It’s humorous since there are always naysayers about long-term gossip stories, comments to a outcome of “this is zero yet speculation,” and so on. But a law of a matter is that a infancy opinion, as demonstrated by a total we see, PREFERS this kind of stuff, over reading about inclination that have already been launched. Matter of fact, it’s utterly noticable that reader seductiveness in a newly rumoured product SURGES, yet afterwards NOSEDIVES roughly immediately after conspicuous device is announced officially. We see it with a iPhone, we see it with Samsung Galaxy devices, and we see it with Google Nexus hardware too.
People, readers…that’s YOU LOT, adore a rumour. That’s a fact of a matter. You adore expecting a new phone that isn’t out nonetheless – a subsequent best thing – so many some-more than something that is launched and has turn a reality. You adore a tease. Don’t even try to repudiate it!
So with that in mind we’re utterly happy to write about things that haven’t been launched nonetheless and give we your fix!
Today we are comparing a current-gen iPhone 6s (the one expelled in Sep 2015) with 2016’s as-yet unnanounced iPhone 7. (The picture above is an awesome mockup by Computerbild.de of what a iPhone 7 could demeanour like, by a way).
This is value a demeanour since of a few other factors. First being how unnervingly thorough, inclusive and accurate a complicated gossip indent is – zero escapes a tendrils and already we’re removing copiousness of luscious information about subsequent year’s iPhone 7, many of it from regularly proven arguable sources. On tip of that, nonetheless a iPhone 6s has usually come out Apple has approaching been during work on a subsequent iPhone–the iPhone 7–for during slightest a few years now. And since of the approach Apple’s iPhone product cycles work, it’s comparatively easy to envision what a vital new iPhone pattern will feature. You see, Apple historically has expelled iPhone upgrades on a “tick-tock” basis. Every parasite is a vital new form-factor ascent and any tock retains a aged form means yet customarily introduces a new feature.
Examples of “tick” releases are a iPhone 4, a iPhone 5, and a iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus). These iPhones all featured radical form-factor redesigns over a prior iPhone. The iPhone 4 had a initial Retina arrangement and potion and aluminum body. The iPhone 5 had a 4-inch screen. The iPhone 6 had a 4.7-inch shade and so on. Examples of “tock” releases are a iPhone 4S, a iPhone 5s, and a iPhone 6s. In any box any of these phones defended a same form-factor of a prototype yet combined new usability features. The iPhone 4s combined Siri; a iPhone 5s combined a Touch ID and M7 suit coprocessor; and a iPhone 6s combined a 3D Touch display.
“The immeasurable worry is that as a iPhone 7 is conspicuous to be so slim,” reports Expert Reviews, “it means that there’s reduction room inside for battery, that again will have an impact on battery life. we cruise it’s a small early to start panicking yet, as reduced battery life is not a certainty and there are a few tricks that Apple competence have adult a sleeve. For starters, a new A10 chip will, no doubt, be some-more appetite fit than a A9 SoC in a iPhone 6S. It will substantially be built regulating a smaller phony process, that will also meant that it takes adult reduction room in a case, withdrawal some-more room for a bigger battery. Next, Apple will many approaching work on creation iOS 10 some-more appetite efficient, again assisting boost battery power.”
Word on a travel suggests we will substantially see 3 iPhone 7 handsets in 2016. Apple is apparently penetrating to rekindle a iPhone Xc operation and will utilize a iPhone 5s as a anxiety indication for a iPhone 7c, clarification it will support TouchID among other things. This isn’t a initial gibberish we’ve listened about a iPhone 7c, either. Earlier in a year mixed sources began claiming Apple would recover another iPhone C handset in 2016 in sequence to serve accelerate a suppress reason one a mobile space where it now commands around 90-odd % of all profits.
The leaks and rumours surrounding Apple’s iPhone 6c WILL NOT quit. Apple knows there is a immeasurable shred of people out there inspired for a 4in iPhone and it also knows that it can make a lot of money from another iPhone C device, usually as it did in 2013 when it expelled a iPhone 5c, that sole in additional of 20 million units.
The latest gossip about a iPhone 6c comes around China Mobile, an ever flourishing source of leaks in new times, and claims a handset, that it calls a iPhone 7c, for some reason, will be accessible in April. Interestingly, a Apr recover date does jelly rather good with progressing reports that Apple is looking to reason an eventuality in Mar where it will recover a new Apple Watch indication alongside a new, iPhone indication — approaching a iPhone 6c.
A new news from TrendForce claims a iPhone 7 will be water-proof, a underline many Android handsets have had for YEARS. Beyond this a association reckons Apple will radically change a pattern and finish of a handset and also embody some-more RAM, maybe as many as 3GB, as good as a third handset called a iPhone 7c.
“Apple will recover a upgraded 4-inch iPhone C array in a second entertain of 2016,” conspicuous a report. “The subsequent iPhone (currently dubbed “iPhone 7”) will be introduced in a second half of subsequent year. The vital offered points of a subsequent iPhone will be a 3GB memory ascent for a 5.5-inch indication and waterproof feature. Based on TrendForce’s estimation, about 260 million iPhones will be shipped in 2016, representing an annual expansion of 12.5% and a marketplace share of 18.5%. With a smartphone marketplace apropos reduction profitable, iPhone will still have a top domain subsequent year compared with products from opposition vendors.”
It added: “Samsung’s shipments are approaching to dump 4% annually to 310 million due to Chinese competitors undercutting a prices. Apple is approaching to significantly slight a marketplace share opening with Samsung subsequent year as well. TrendForce research indicates that Samsung will reason 22% of a tellurian smartphone marketplace in 2016, a decrease from 2015. Wu combined that Samsung’s flagship inclination for this year have strike a roof in specs, so a South Korean powerhouse will be straining to move hardware innovations to a subsequent smartphone release.”
“KGI researcher Ming-Chi Kuo,” reports Apple Insider, “whose predictions have in a past been accurate, conspicuous he expects Apple’s arriving 4-inch iPhone to be functionally identical to a buffed iPhone 5s, a final iPhone indication to foe a 4-inch display. Kuo says direct is still benefaction for a smaller Apple handset, and a association skeleton to gain come subsequent year. Mass prolongation will approaching start someday in a initial half of 2016, suggesting a intensity product launch alongside subsequent year’s ‘iPhone 7’ lineup.”
Speaking of a iPhone 6s — this year’s indication saw a raft of vital improvements in several pivotal areas, yet many particularly imaging and estimate power. Beyond this we saw some-more RAM included, 2GB to be specific, as good as somewhat thicker framework overall, overdue to a inclusion of 3D Touch record in a arrangement panel. So while it competence demeanour A LOT like final year’s indication it will duty utterly a bit differently.
Sales have been INSANE, too:
Apple announced it sole some-more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, usually 3 days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be accessible in some-more than 40 additional countries commencement Oct 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be accessible in over 130 countries by a finish of a year.
This is a HUGE figure and, importantly, it is utterly a bit some-more than Apple shifted final year which, again, is flattering poignant for a recover many cruise to be teenager or incremental. China helped in a immeasurable approach this year, carrying entrance to a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during a same time as other markets around a world. Apple arguable 13 million sales during a initial few weeks yet that figure is approaching to grow fast in a entrance weeks and months.
“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, floating past any prior initial weekend sales formula in Apple’s history,” conspicuous Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is implausible and they are amatory 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to move iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to business in even some-more countries on Oct 9.”
But those iPhone 6s sales could dark in comparison to a subsequent iPhone 7. So though serve ado, let’s gawk into a clear round to see what any phone will be like, starting with a specs:
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: Major Specs
Current iPhone 6s
- Display: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch 3D Touch, max res of 1920×1080
- Design: It looks accurately a same as a iPhone 6 (rounded corners, aluminum body)
- Storage: 16, 64, and 128GB
- CPU and RAM: A9 processor, 2GB RAM
- Front Camera: 5MP
- Rear Camera: 12MP, 4K video recording
Likely iPhone 7
- Display: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch 3D Touch, yet approaching with a QHD arrangement of 2560 x 1440 resolution
- Design: Completely new design. Thinner physique and bezel.
- Storage: 32, 64, and 128GB
- CPU and RAM: A10 processor, 3GB RAM
- Front Camera: 5MP with far-reaching angle lens
- Rear Camera: 12MP, 4K video recording, visual picture stabilization.
The critical thing to remember with iPhone upgrades is that a tock “S” cycle ascent essentially see inner enhancements and a parasite primary upgrades see physique pattern changes. That’s because a iPhone 6s had some-more radical inner changes from a iPhone 6 than a iPhone 6s will to a iPhone 7. The iPhone 6s got a A9 processor and FINALLY 2GB of RAM. That means that a iPhone 7 will roughly positively have an A10 chipset and 3GB of RAM. Traditionally Apple has kept a volume of RAM a same for some-more than one year, yet by a time a iPhone 7 ships in autumn 2016, many Android phones will have 4GB RAM minimum. Apple will need to keep up, if not compare it.
As for storage options, with a iPhone 7 we finally pattern Apple to dump a 16GB entrance turn choice for a 32GB entrance turn model. Needless to say, dropping a 16GB storage indication is prolonged overdue. No one, NO ONE should buy a 16GB smartphone. You’ll fill it all adult with immeasurable 12MP photos in a initial month we possess it.
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: Design
The iPhone 6s looks accurately as a iPhone 6 does, usually a bit thicker. But if that iPhone 6s pattern is looking a bit seared to you, afterwards we are going to adore a iPhone 7. It will underline a radically opposite design. What to expect? A thinner physique is guaranteed. KGI Securities luminary researcher Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an glorious lane record with presaging iPhone specs, says a iPhone 7 will be Apple’s thinnest yet–approaching a thinness of a iPod hold (which is really, unequivocally thin) Kuo expects a iPhone 7 to be between 6.0mm and 6.5mm skinny (the iPod hold is 6.1mm thin).
Apple is now bustling contrast out designs and facilities for a iPhone 7; handsets are grown approach in allege of recover and this is because we get some many leaks. And according to information leaked on Weibo by a arguable tipster Apple is contrast out 5 iPhone 7 prototypes. The news was picked adult by G For Games, another arguable source, that reports that Apple is contrast out a garland of opposite facilities for subsequent year’s iPhones.
Apple is now experimenting with during slightest 5 opposite iPhone 7 models, any with a possess singular hardware characteristics. By a sound of it Apple is perplexing to figure out that technologieswould go best in a arriving model, all a while gripping an eye on a opening of a suppliers,” conspicuous a report. “Reportedly, some of a technologies that can be found in these prototypes embody a USB Type-C connector concordant with headsets, wireless charging technology, multi-Force Touch, twin camera configurations, and fingerprint approval record embedded within a display.”
Apple is also conspicuous to be experimenting with AMOLED displays yet this new arrangement record isn’t approaching to seem inside blurb iPhones until during slightest 2018.
The USB Type-C gossip is unequivocally interesting, however, as it ties in easily with yesterday’s news about Apple ditching 3.5mm jack support on a iPhone 7 in foster of something some-more proprietary. Is it probable Apple could switch out a lightening pier connector for USB Type-C? Sure, it’s possible. But it usually doesn’t seem unequivocally approaching given a company’s lane record. Still, there are PLENTY of advantages to regulating USB Type-C, so maybe Apple is branch over a new leaf?
There’s also clever hints that Apple is operative on doing divided with a earthy home symbol and embedding a practical home symbol and Touch ID in a shade itself, yet that competence not come until a iPhone 8. Apple has filed patents for such a in-screen home button, yet a association files patents for everything–99% of that never make it into a shipping product. Also, Digitimes is stating that Apple has placed LCD arrangement motorist orders with touchscreen retailer Synaptics for a subsequent iPhone. It would not need these LCD arrangement drivers if a possess work on integrated Touch ID and displays were relocating along during pace.
One aspect of a new iPhone 7’s intensity pattern could means some users some issues, however, as mixed sources are now claiming Apple is looking to do divided with normal headphones, clarification no 3.5mm jack-support on a iPhone 7. It will be transposed by a lightning port, apparently, and this of march means you’ll have to buy and adaptor in sequence to make your aged headphones work with a iPhone 7.
Why is Apple doing this? Apparently it is ALL about design. Apple wants to make a iPhone 7 1mm thinner than a iPhone 6s and in sequence to do this it needs to embankment a normal 3.5mm jack port. Fortunately, Apple’s lightning connector is EXACTLY a right distance and, opportunely again, Apple has no issues offered we a $15 convertor to entrance it.
Sounds crazy, right? But remember: Apple did accurately a same thing with CD drives and USB ports on a MacBooks, so, yeah… you’ve been WARNED.
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: Waterproofing
Earlier this autumn a internet freaked out when videos flush of a iPhone 6s flourishing 30 mins underwater. It turns out Apple personally combined new glue strips inside a iPhone 6s to retard any dampness removing in. Now a Chinese Mac blog is claiming that this was usually a dry run (get a pun) for Apple, and that a iPhone 7 will strictly be approved as waterproof.
In further to waterproofing by regulating inner gaskets, another Chinese site is claiming Apple will embankment a aluminum surrounding of a iPhone 6s for an all new cosmetic element on a iPhone 7 to make certain a device is entirely waterproof. We don’t see Apple’s iPhone 7 being a cosmetic phone, yet usually time will tell.
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: LTE chipset
Right now a iPhone 6s uses an LTE chipset from Qualcomm, yet new rumors indicate to Intel operative on an iPhone-compatible LTE chipset for a iPhone 7. If this is loyal users won’t approaching notice many of a difference. Instead, Apple would use a Intel LTE chip so it can expostulate member costs down.
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: Display
The iPhone 6s gained a 3D Touch arrangement that a Apple Watch has (there, it is called a Force Touch display)–of march a iPhone 7 will adopt this 3D Touch arrangement as well. But we also pattern a iPhone 7 to get a aloft fortitude display, privately a QHD one with a fortitude of 2560 x 1440, as many Android handsets have. By autumn of 2016 anything reduction that 2560×1440 will be a homogeneous of what customary clarification is today.
Apple could also make pointed upgrades to a 3D Touch arrangement in a iPhone 7–for example, creation it supportive to some-more than dual forms of vigour inputs, yet other than that we don’t pattern a 3D Touch arrangement to change much.
Also, it is doubtful that a iPhone 7 will adopt an AMOLED display, that is found in Samsung phones and a Apple Watch, according to Kuo. In a new investors note he stated:
“Based on new comments by Minebea, one of a categorical iPhone backlight section suppliers, we trust AMOLED will not dig iPhone for a subsequent 3 years. Moreover, Hon Hai is scheming to deposit in Gen-6 LTPS TFT-LCD prolongation lines in Zhengzhou, China for mass prolongation in 2018, suggesting a iPhone line will approaching hang with TFT-LCD record in 2018 and thereafter. […]
Minebea, vital BLU retailer of iPhone, settled to investors on Nov 5 that it does not envision risk of TFT-LCD share detriment to AMOLED in high-end smartphone marketplace in subsequent 3 years guides expansion in TFT-LCD going forward. As Apple and Samsung are a usually dual brands that now offer reward smartphones, we cruise Minebea’s statements indicate it does not pattern iPhone to adopt AMOLED in a entrance 3 years, given that Samsung’s models are already being versed with it.”
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: Camera
Internally a iPhone 6s gained a outrageous camera ascent with a 12MP back camera (up from a 8MP camera in a iPhone 6) and a 5MP front FaceTime camera (up for 1.8 MP in a iPhone 6). But going to a iPhone 7 we pattern a camera ascent to be reduction pronounced. Apple will substantially keep to a 12MP back camera yet supplement visual picture stabilization opposite a line (right now usually a “Plus” models underline it). The iPhone 7 will also substantially keep a same FaceTime camera.
The iPhone 6s also gained 4k video recording on a back camera–something we don’t see changing or expanding on for a iPhone 7. Apple is all about excellence with a imaging technology; it doesn’t worry with capricious specs-wars character updates to megapixels or things like laser-guided focus. Instead, it consistently updates a core components of what make a camera good during imaging — optics, lens-technology and software.
The association some 800 people operative on a future-generations of iPhone camera record and, for one of a initial times, Apple indeed authorised Charlie Rose’s film grew inside a sly RD labs to see how a association goes about building a iPhone. Other topics underneath contention during a TV uncover were a iPhone, Apple’s aspirations inside a automotive attention and copiousness of gibberish about how a association and a teams of engineers and designers tackle new projects.
The iPhone’s camera facilities 200 apart particular components. Apple’s imaging pattern studio is so immeasurable and formidable that it can copy roughly any condition possible in sequence to exam out a camera record before it goes to production. Take a iPhone 6s Plus’ imaging prowess, for example. It is flattering many forlorn in a mobile space during a moment, according to a raft of AV examination and contrast sites.
iPhone 6s vs Likely iPhone 7: A new 4-inch iPhone?
One final prophecy according to Kou is that Apple will launch a new 4-inch iPhone alongside a iPhone 7 in 2016. Kou states:
“As there is still direct for a 4-inch iPhone, we trust Apple will ascent this product line. Because a iPhone 5s is some-more renouned than a iPhone 5c, we cruise Apple is approaching to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We envision Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with steel casings. In sequence to make a stream iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple might adopt an A9 chip for this new phone.”
Whether or not this new 4-inch iPhone is an updated iPhone 5 or a rebranded iPhone 7c – a iPhone 6s could see poignant foe from iPhones on all sizes of a arrangement spectrum.