The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are finally official, seemingly putting all the rumors about Apple’s next best thing to rest, while raising hell in the tech community with the new iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil combination about which I talked earlier. Although these new phones are now official, we can’t help but wonder about all the iPhone 7 rumors and leaks that have come to our attention since the original iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were launched last year. Although the iPhone 7 is now another year away, we already kind of know what the upcoming smartphone will feature.
Thanks to a leak from DigiTimes we learned that the Apple A10 chipset has already entered the manufacturing process in te TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) labs as the news site suggests Apple has already ordered the bulk of the chipsets necessary for the iPhone 7. TSMC was part of the manufacturing process of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus too, as the Taiwanese company partnered with South Korean Samsung to deliver the Apple A9 chips on time.
This time, the sources speaking to DigiTimes believe that TSMC will be the exclusive supplier of chipsets for the Apple iPhone 7, but the same situation was valid for last year’s rumor cycle, too, only to end up being debunked by the confirmation that both companies would be supplying the Cupertino-giant with hardware for the new smartphone family. Regardless of their exclusivity, TSMC will most likely produce at least half the chips that Apple requires for the new launch.
Apparently, the hardware manufacturer will kick off mass production of the Apple A10 chipset in March, when the iPhone 7 release date will be set in stone in inner circles of the company. As for when the iPhone 7 release date will come around for consumers, our best bet and the most likely date, too is September 10, 2016. Tradition is valuable, and we think Tim Cook wants to keep it that way.
When it comes to iPhone 7 features and specs, we expect a lot more from the company this time. With the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Tim Cook introduced 3D Touch and a personalized user experience tailored for the new pressure sensitive input method, but hasn’t changed much else about the new phones. Sure, they doubled the RAM, which is an excellent development, but still haven’t added anything that is truly innovative in the smartphone market. That’s a bummer, as others like Samsung, Lenovo, Asus, Google, Motorola, LG and even Microsoft are striving for innovation, while Apple is standing there, in arrogance, with a promise.
We’re curious to see if that promise is going to be fulfilled once the iPhone 7 release date comes around. Apple promised revolutionary products, but so far, it hasn’t delivered. It still has time to do so however, as interest in the iPhone 6S and especially the iPhone 6S Plus is on the rise. Whether or not Apple will successfully keep its position as the top smartphone seller is now a mysterious issue, as more and more people seem to realize that they’re paying more for the Apple logo than they are for actual features and services.
Many iOS fans and many smartphone enthusiasts in the tech community in general are hoping for Tim Cook to take a page from Steve Jobs’ book and take things slow: fewer releases but more innovation. That’s what fans want, apparenty, but Tim and co. seem settled on flooding the market with various new phones, each more boring than the previous one. With the iPhone 7, we’re hoping for a change, a change that is imminent.