6 Apple Rumors: From iPhone 7 to New iPads and Macs
An exciting assortment of Apple rumors surfaces each week and offers a glimpse into the current state of speculation about upcoming iPhones, new iPads, and the next updates for Apple’s operating systems. The Apple rumor mill is more excited than ever about the impending launch of this year’s iPhone 7. So this week, plenty of exciting rumors about the next iPhone, future iPhones, and other Apple products made their rounds online. Read on to catch up on the week’s most exciting Apple rumors.
1. September 7 will bring the iPhone 7 reveal, plus a new Apple Watch
Apple Insider reports that Apple has sent out invitations for a September 7 iPhone event, and Mike Wuerthele reports for Apple Insider that the iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled at the event, in addition to a second-generation Apple Watch. The presentation will begin at 10PST on September 7 from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The iPhone 7 is expected to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, to feature improved water resistance thanks to a haptic feedback home button, and to include improved cameras, a next-generation A10 processor, and increased storage capacity.
A recent leak has revealed some information on the iPhone 7’s specs, including some camera details. The camera on the iPhone 7 is said to be a 12MP unit with a 1/2.6″ sensor, f/1.9 aperture, and 1.3 µm pixels. The dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus seems to be confirmed, with the leak citing a pair of 12MP cameras, each with a 1/3″ sensor and ƒ/1.9 aperture.
The launch event will be live streamed via iOS devices with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, Macs with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X 10.8.5 or newer, and PCs running Windows 10 through Microsoft Edge. Wuerthele notes that the graphic design of the invitation has inspired speculation about possible iPhone 7 features, like the dual-lens camera rumored to be coming to the iPhone 7 Plus or, less likely, the addition of iris scanning. Preorders for the iPhone 7 are expected to start a few days after the launch, likely on September 9, and it’s likely that the retail launch will be one or two weeks after that date.
2. The Apple Watch 2 could get a 35% increase in battery power
Along with the iPhone 7, Apple is also expected to introduce a second-generation Apple Watch with integrated GPS. Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac that the Apple Watch 2 will need a higher-capacity battery to power the GPS functionality and could get a 35% increase according to a recent leak. According to a post on Weibo, the capacity could be increased from 0.94 Wh-246 mAh to 1.28 Wh-334 mAh, which would represent an increase of more than a third. Hall reports that the report is “a curious leak as the new Apple Watch is expected to feature the same design as the current version,” and “more efficient chips in the same casing often means smaller batteries, not larger ones.”
Integrating a bigger battery in the current casing would probably require changes to other internal components. However, given the expectation that Apple will equip the Apple Watch 2 with GPS, it makes sense that Apple would implement a bigger battery to at least maintain the current battery life. Another demand on the battery will be watchOS 3, which includes features that keep more apps in memory longer.
3. Alleged iPhone 7 packaging purports to confirm rumors about storage capacity and EarPods
Neil Hughes reports for Apple Insider that a supposed packaging insert for the iPhone 7 affirms a 32GB capacity and the inclusion of a Lightning to headphone jack adapter in the box. The publication also reports that purported iPhone 7 Plus packaging shows 256GB of storage, and a sticker claimed to be from an iPhone 7 prototype at Foxconn points to 32GB of storage on base models. Hughes notes that both the 32GB iPhone 7 sheet and the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus sheet mention an Apple-branded Lighting to headphone jack adapter included in the box, and both are advertised to ship with new EarPods that feature a Lightning connector. 32GB is rumored to become the new entry-level storage tier, doubling the current 16GB minimum.
Mikey Campbell reports that regulatory filings have linked Apple to wireless headphones named “AirPods,” seemingly confirming rumors that Apple will introduce wireless earbuds. Filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission — the main regulatory body for the Eurasian Economic Union, which is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia — suggest that Apple will introduce a pair of wireless headphones called AirPods (in addition to two new iPhone models and a total of 10 new Apple Watch models). The AirPods name had not yet been definitively linked to Apple, though it’s looking more likely that the product will be offered as an optional accessory for the iPhone 7.
4. The iPhone 7 could be offered in five colors
Neil Hughes reports for Apple Insider that a new report claims the iPhone 7 could come in five colors, including two shades of black. Those details were reported by Macotakara, which shared images of SIM trays in five different colors. Three of those colors — silver, gold, and rose gold — are already part of Apple’s iPhone lineup. While early rumors suggested that Apple will replace the current space gray with a darker space black, the publication reports that Apple could release two black variants. The image shows a standard black option and a glossy black variant with a “beautiful gloss similar to the Mac Pro” released in 2013.
5. Apple may be working on new iPads and Macs
Mark Gurman and Jungah Lee report for Bloomberg that Apple is developing new work-focused features for the iPad plus new Mac laptops and desktops. The updated iPad software is expected next year, possibly as part of an upgrade to the iOS 10 operating system in the first half of 2017, and the new Macs could be introduced as soon as late 2016. According to the report, Apple will introduce refreshed Mac hardware including new versions of the iMac and MacBook Air, a thinner MacBook Pro, plus a standalone 5K monitor. The updated lineup would include a MacBook Air with USB-C, iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices, and a MacBook Pro with a flatter keyboard and a digital function key display above the keyboard, internally called the Dynamic Function Row according to possible references to the feature in Pages code.
The iPad update will include improvements to the Apple Pencil. While Apple currently only supports Pencil functionality in specifically developed apps, the company has considered enabling users to annotate objects in many apps across the operating system (like Mail, Safari, and iMessage). New iPad hardware will integrate faster display technology that enables smoother zooming, panning, and scrolling. Apple is reportedly waiting to update its iPad lineup until next year, when KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the company to introduce a variant of the iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display.
6. iPhones could get iris scanners in 2017, not 2018
Neil Hughes reports for Apple Insider that Apple could introduce an iris scanner in 2017, not in 2018 as previously reported, according to supply chain rumors. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in March that he expects both iris and face-scanning biometric technology to debut on Apple’s 2017 iPhone. The device is expected to get a complete redesign, including a larger, curved 5.8-inch OLED display and an all-glass chassis that will jettison the traditional home button.
Roger Fingas reports for Apple Insider that another leak claims to affirm the rumor that the 2017 iPhone could get a curved glass chassis. Taiwanese firm Mirle Automation has developed forming machinery for the component, and Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac that Apple’s 2017 iPhone could also see the removal of the Home button. An edge-to-edge OLED display could integrate the camera and Touch ID components.