Apple has had a great 2014 and it started off 2015 just as well with the launch of the new MacBook line-up and the very anticipated release of the Apple Watch, formerly known as the iWatch. But Apple still has a couple of things to do this year, including the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S, depending on the timeline we’re looking at. The new flagship of 2015 would be the iPhone 7, according to rumors, and the most recent information coming in from people close to the company say that the iPhone 7 will be a blast, but not from the past – from the future. Apple has been known to implement new features and properties into their hardware early on, which is why new rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 camera will be revolutionary and measurable to DSLR cameras.
Although we doubt that the iPhone 7 camera will be as good as mainstream DSLR cameras, we do believe there is some truth in these rumors. What sparked the rumors and speculations around the DSLR-camera that might be featured on the iPhone 7 is a recent purchase that Apple has made this year. Apple has bought up LinX Computational imaging company, which specializes in cameras for mobile devices that can match DSLR quality photography. According to our sources, Apple bought LinX for $20 or $25 million at the beginning of the year and is planning to use the technologies that the Israeli company develops to create the iPhone 7 camera.
Apple itself has not sent out confirmation about what it was planning to do with the iPhone 7 or the imaging company, but our sources tell us that the purchase was made with the new iPhone in mind. That leads us to believe that the iPhone 7 will improve smartphone photography considerably, as our sources tell us that the camera setup on the iPhone 7 will be revolutionary and a first in the industry. Although our sources are trustworthy insiders, we would still advise you guys to take all this DSLR talk with a grain of salt, because you never truly know what Apple is planning until they tell you straight up.
Apple is very good at protecting their unreleased devices, and that’s the case with the iPhone 7. We’ve no exact knowledge about the iPhone 7 release date or specs, but the same insiders that tipped us about the new DSLR features, as well as the other specs that we’ve found out, peg the iPhone 7 release date for September 15, with a launch scheduled for October or November. That sounds oddly right, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were also launched and released within that time frame reported to 2014.
In the meantime, others say that the iPhone 7 is the flagship of 2016, with the iPhone 6S replacing it this year, which sounds equally plausible as our first theory about the Apple release timeline. Since the iPhone 7 is rumored to be the big upgrade and the iPhone 6S more of a minor improvement to the line-up, we decided that it was more interesting to do some research and digging and try to find out more about what Apple is truly planning for the iPhone 7, regardless of its launch year.
According to our research, sources and tips combined, the iPhone 7 camera will be a whopping 21 MP and will in fact be equipped with optical image stabilization and optical zoom. We can’t imagine how much that would affect design and we’re not sure how much Apple is actually willing to compromise right there. The company is famous for producing premium devices with designs that are loved all across the world, bearing the key feature of being thin and lightweight. We’ve seen them do it with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the new MacBook and iPad line-up, so we expect Apple to keep their design philosophy intact.
But then how will they integrate optical zoom into a thin handset? That remains to be seen. Maybe the partnership between Apple and LinX will prove to be revolutionary and will result in some brainstormed ideas that will blow our minds. Nobody knows for sure. But more and more people are telling us to expect DSLR quality optics on the iPhone 7 and we’re inclined to believe them. Besides the optical image stabilization, 4K recording, optical zoom and a ton of new manual mode features, the iPhone 7 camera will also feature a dual-lens setup similar to what we’ve seen on the HTC One M8 last year, allowing for depth-sensing imagery.
Although the DSLR camera features seem like the most interesting traits that we are expecting to see on the iPhone 7, that’s not all the flagship will represent in the Apple history timeline. Supposedly the iPhone 7 display will be revamped, providing for QHD resolution on a 5 inch and on a 5.5 inch panel, with both sizes having integrated the Touch ID button. That would result in an edge to edge display, from almost the top, to the bottom and from side to side. The bezelless aspect of the Sharp Aquos Crystal began a new trend in smartphone design, and Apple is very likely to adopt at least some of its elements. Bezelless is the future, some might say, while others prefer to have edges to rest their fingers or palms on.
The iPhone 7 specs will include the Apple A9 chipset that is being manufactured by Samsung, with a 64 bit architecture and superior technology. The CPU will be backed by 3 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Apple might go up to 256 GB in the future, but we don’t expect that much storage to be available so early on. If the iPhone 7 release date is set for 2016, though, the larger internal storage option might be completely possible. Besides the new display and improved performance, the iPhone 7 should not change too much.
We’d rather not get into iOS 9 and its upcoming features, but we do know that the iPhone 7 will most likely be launched with it on board. iOS 9 will focus most on improving performance and opening up the iOS ecosystem, according to our sources, but it will also feature new gestures support and a few new traits that might be tailored for styli use. Otherwise, the iPhone 7’s strong points that are rumored so far are the camera and the built-in TouchID button.
There are still speculations and rumors out and about regarding the joystick home button, fast charging, wireless charging, 5G support, a bigger battery, a flexible body, a curved screen and many more. Until Apple actually unveils the iPhone 7, we can’t confirm any of these. We’ve chosen to detail those specs and rumors that seem most plausible right now, although wireless charging is more of a certainty than a rumor. What do you think Apple should do with the iPhone 7 and when do you think it’s going to be released?