Apple’s new iPhones called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are all set to launch today. Apple is hosting a special event at the Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, and will live-stream the event on its website. Users will need an iOS device or MacBook to watch the live-stream, or Windows 10 with Edge browser. For India’s Apple fans, the time to note is 10.30 pm tonight, and yes there’s an option to add it to your iCalendar directly from the Apple event website.
So what should one expect from the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus launch? Will there be a new MacBook Air as well? And the new Apple Watch 2? We take a look at everything that’s been reported so far.
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
Apple is sticking with the similar 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, accessories for the iPhone 7 series are already available, and so far it looks like the only big design change will be a slightly slimmer form factor, and the end of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Analyst reports from KGI and Credit Suisse have indicated the all-glass iPhone with OLED displays will come only in 2017 with the iPhone 8.
Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were not officially called waterproof devices, although there are YouTube videos showing how the devices continued to work even when submerged under water. Now with the new iPhones, Apple looks set to go with IPX7 certification, which will make the phones water-resistant. Rival Samsung’s S7, S7 edge series is already waterproof, so this is a feature Apple needs to add. Both Wall Street Journal and KGI Securities have reported on this in the past.
With the new iPhones, the processor jumps by one grade and with the iPhone 7 series we’re expecting the Apple A10 processor. KGI Securities firm has already reported how this will be clocked at 2.4 Ghz making it one of the fastest processors. GeekBench scores of the alleged A10 were leaked online claiming to show this one comes close to the A9x, the processor used in the iPad Pro. Apple doesn’t boast about cores or clock speeds when it comes to its processors, but these are equipped to handle anything without breaking into a sweat. KGI also reported TSMC from Taiwan is supplying the processors this time.
Apple iPhone 6 series had the 8 MP camera and it was widely regarded as one of the best in the business. With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple bumped up the sensor to 12 MP. Now with the new iPhone 7 series, we’re expecting more improvements to the low-light performance. And yes, the iPhone 7 Plus could go the dual camera way.
A Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman indicated Apple will go for a different setup on the dual rear camera which will improve low-light performance. KGI Securities recently reported how the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera which will have optical zoom, a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus will merge pictures from both and when you look at these photos on a big display, they will have a much sharper resolution.
Black is back for sure, according to leaks. Apple will stick with Rose Gold, Gold, Space Grey and two new versions of the colour black, called ‘dark black’ and ‘piano black’ reportedly. Leaks had also indicated a dark blue iPhone, and we’ll have to see if that one comes true.
No Headphone jack
Apple is killing the headphone jack for sure, and instead will go for wireless Earpods. Reports say Apple will sell a lightning to 3.5 mm adapter as well so that people can continue using their expensive headphones with their iPhone as well. Leaks also claimed Apple will go for Bluetooth powered headphones.
Extra RAM, battery
Apple could add 3GB RAM to the iPhone 7 Plus in order to deal with improved camera capability. Again Apple never reveals this at the event, and only teardowns show tell the exact RAM. On the battery front, it’s not clear if Apple plans to boost battery size on both phones, which still remains a weak point on the iPhone.
Apple won’t launch the 16GB storage option, and instead will offer 32,128 and 256GB models. Earlier Wall Street Journal had reported Apple will kill the 16GB iPhone. Extra space is always a good thing, but only 32GB might not be enough for users, especially if you consider the new camera that could be coming.
Apple Watch 2
The new Apple Watch 2 is expected to make an appearance at the event as well. The screen sizes are expected to remain the same, but it could feature a thinner display. Reports hint at a faster TSMC built processor, in-built GPS, barometer, a higher capacity battery and improved waterproofing. Apple Watch 2 was expected to come with LTE support, but it looks unlikely for now.
Apple’s WatchOS 3 will also be released after the event, and comes with improved health features.
Rumours of a refreshed MacBook Air and Pro lineup have been doing the rounds, but it looks unlikely they will be making an appearance tonight.
iOS 10, MacOS Sierra
Apple’s iOS 10 for iPhones, iPads and MacOS Sierra for Macs will start rolling out this month and the company will confirm the exact release date at the event. Any new features or changes to either OS will be showcased at the event.
One more thing
For anyone who has followed Apple events, this line is awaited. It last made an appearance when Tim Cook announced the Apple Watch with the iPhone 6 series in 2014. Of course, the Watch officially went on sale next year in 2015, but that line ‘one more thing…’ holds a lot of possibilities.