KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has provided some in-depth details about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ahead of their official unveiling next week. The analyst details in his latest report that Apple will be offering the iPhone 7 in two new colors: Dark Black and Piano Black.
The Cupertino company, however, will replace the Space Gray variant of the phone with the above two colors. Due to supply constraints, Apple may initially offer the Piano Black color for higher-end storage options of iPhone 7. A previously leak from Mac Otakara suggested that the piano black finish of the new iPhones will be similar to the glossy black finish that Apple uses for the exterior of the 2013 Mac Pro. The new iPhons will also sport an IPX7 rating, same as the Apple Watch, which will make them resistant to water for 30mins in up to 1m depth. Since Apple’s standards for waterproofing are high, the overall production of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been impacted.
While the display on the new iPhones will not be receiving any upgrades, they will feature a wider gamut and True Tone display as seen on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The report states that the A10 chipset inside the new iPhones will be clocked at 2.4GHz and will be built on TSMC’s ‘InFO’ process. Such a high boost in clock speed will translate into some hefty real world performance improvements, which will likely help in faster processing of the photos that the iPhone 7 Plus will capture with its dual 12MP shooters at the rear.
The report details that the dual 12MP shooter on the iPhone 7 Plus will allow it to offer optical zoom and “light field camera applications.” One of the 12MP sensors features a wide-angle lens while the other one has a telephoto lens to achieve optical zoom. The primary camera module will feature a 6P lens with OIS. As for light field camera applications, it should basically allow users to refocus anywhere in a photo after shooting it on the iPhone 7 Plus. Additionally, Apple is also doubling the amount of LED flash (4) on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for a better True Tone flash experience.
Impressively, the Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will be offering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in new storage tier options: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. If correct, this will be a very impressive move from Apple, especially after being criticised all these years for offering the base variant of the iPhone with only 16GB storage.
Kuo also believes that Apple will be shipping a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter and Lightning EarPods with the new iPhones. As for the space freed up by the removal of the headphone jack, Kuo says that Apple is using it to improve the Force Touch recognition system, with the secondary speaker grille outside only for design purposes. The improvement is being made since Apple is using a capacitive home button on the new iPhones. The company is also using an internal amplifier on the new iPhones to improve sound output and quality.
Lastly, despite such improvements, Kuo forecasts that Apple will ship 65 million units of the iPhone 7 by the end of this year. This is significantly lower than the 82 million estimate the analyst had made with the launch of the iPhone 6s last year. He blames the slowdown in yield issues and the lack of innovative selling points.
While the design of the upcoming iPhones are going to remain the same as their predecessor, it looks like Apple is giving them a major upgrade in almost every other department.