Apple devotees and the broader consumer technology industry are eagerly awaiting a scheduled media event later today, where Apple Inc is widely expected to unveil the latest iteration of their iPhone line, the now-ubiquitous mini-computer that revolutionized communication and turned "smartphones" into an essential part of modern living worldwide. The upcoming seventh generation of the company's signature product is expected to bring significant improvements, while also controversially removing several once-standard features.
Now, with hours to go ahead of the planned reveal, details of the hotly-anticipated new product have appeared online.
Posted over the weekend to Apple Insider and attributed to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the reported details would seem to confirm the most widely expected change to the core iPhone design and technology long rumored for the seventh generation: The traditional 3.5-millimeter headphone jack will be no more, replaced by cordless "Lightning" Earpods and an adapter that will reportedly ship in the box. The space previously occupied by headphone inputs has apparently been repurposed for speakers.
Kuo is also reported to confirm that the iPhone 7 (which is not the official final name of the device) will be made available with initial storage-capacity options of 32, 128, and 256 gigabytes, with the 16 and 64 gig models available for earlier models being phased out for an era of increasingly high downloaded sizes and bandwidth expectations. 3 gig of RAM and an A10 processor are also expected, looking to push processing speeds up to 2.45 gigahertz through standard use. Improvements to the 3D Touch tech for the sensor are also reported, with the home button being replaced by a new haptic feedback variant and no more antenna bands at the device's rear.
Camera capabilities are also said to have been improved, with LED flash power doubled and an ambient light sensor added to compliment a 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lens. The photography power-upgrade is believed to be complimentary to the new phone's employment of the True Tone display technology, which Apple users have already gotten a taste of in its application on the most recent iPads.
Color choice availability is also targeted for a change in focus, with space gray being retired in favor of dark black and "piano black" options. It's possible that the gloss-style black shade may be limited in its initial public release, suggesting that the large storage-size models will be Apple's focus for that style at least during the so-called "early-adopter" window. On that same note, peripheral manufacturer NewerTech is wasting no time announces a new "NX" case for the new iPhone, posting the following specs to the web overnight:
- Revolutionary XOrbing Gel Technology absorbs and evenly distributes kinetic energy.
- One piece design: hard outer shell integrated with soft interior core.
- Exceptional protection without being bulky.
- Fast and simple to install -- takes seconds.
- Easy access to all ports and buttons.
- Crosshatch-texture design offers secure hand grip, yet easy pocket removal.
- Lifetime replacement guarantee.
- No risk, no hassle 30-day money-back guarantee.
Source: Apple Insider