It seems that Apple will continue to follow its tradition of earmarking September for the unveiling of its latest iPhone.
According to John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed, Apple will be holding a special event, most likely on September 9. And this special event is said to be the official unveiling of Apple’s newest smartphone, which will be called either the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 7.
There has admittedly been some debate on whether Apple’s new flagship device will be called the iPhone 6s or just a straight up iPhone 7. If one goes by Apple’s history, then it makes sense that the next iPhone will be the 6s. However, reports that came out in recent months suggested that the next iteration of the iPhone will have significant changes and features that it merits being called a whole new model, so Apple will go straight to naming it the iPhone 7.
Based on a leaked internal email, it seems that sales of Apple’s newest handset are set for September 25, with pre-orders being accepted from September 18 onwards. The company appears to be confident that consumers will like the iPhone’s newest iteration and believes that sales of the iPhone 7 will be robust. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has placed an order to their suppliers for 70 to 80 million units of the handset to be built.
This means that people would once again be treated to the sight of long lines snaking from Apple stores to the street. But what features are prospective iPhone 7 owners actually waiting in line for?
For one, the iPhone 7 will reportedly use Force Touch technology. This technology discerns how soft or hard the user is pressing the screen and makes use of that force to carry out various actions. For instance, how hard or soft one touches the screen will determine the speed the video player’s fast-forward button will go.
Apple’s next iPhone is also rumored to introduce the “biggest camera jump ever” done by the company, one that rivals the quality of a DSLR. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, the next iPhone will carry a 12MP camera, with the front camera capable of recording 1080p videos at 60fps.
Rumors also abound of the iPhone 7 having a new processor that’s produced by Samsung. The A9 is touted to be smaller, faster, would use a 14nm process, and carries 2GB of RAM. The device would also reportedly use an NXP 66VP2 NFC chip, with a STMicro chip added for data security, biometrics, secure multimedia streaming and authentication.
Apple is said to be sticking to the conventional sizes used by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus but will be adding a new rose gold hue in its color palette.
Of course, with Apple still trying to play their card close to their chest, the only way to know for sure what the alleged iPhone 7 will have is to wait for the company unveiling.
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