As the world waits for the iPhone 7, here's a teaser from the rumor mill
A detailed rundown from KGI Securities analyst Min-Chi Kuo was obtained by Mac Rumours and confirms many of the predicted features of the iPhone 7. (File photo)
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Apple is finally set to unveil its iPhone 7 at a launch event this Wednesday, but all its headline features may now have been revealed.
Although Apple is notoriously secretive, almost every detail of the new device has emerged days before the company's official event, if a major leak is to be believed.
The report suggests the phone will be faster, water resistant and come in two new colours.
A detailed rundown from KGI Securities analyst Min-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record of correctly relaying information on Apple hardware before it launches, was obtained by Mac Rumours and confirms many of the predicted features of the iPhone 7.
Here are the features that are expected to arrive on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones.
NO HEADPHONE JACK
It appears Apple really will be taking the unpopular step of completely ditching the headphone port on its next-generation handsets.
The technology firm is said to be bundling 'EarPods' with a Lightning connector, as well as a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box.
iPhone owners will also be able to use wireless Bluetooth headphones.
Getting rid of the traditional headphone port will free up more room for a new speaker, and possibly a new sensor to improve Force Touch operation - Apple's touchscreen and haptic feedback technology.
Apple is controversially dropping the headphone jack in favour of its Lightning port. This leaked image shows what the iPhone 7 might look like without the headphone jack
Apple will be adding a 'dark black' model to replace its Space Grey finish.
This will sit alongside the silver, gold and rose gold finishes that have been popular parts of previous line ups.
They will also be joined by another new colour described as 'glossy piano black'.
The iPhone 7 is said to come in five colours. Apple will be adding a 'dark black' model to replace its Space Grey finish. This will sit alongside the silver, gold and rose gold finishes that have been popular parts of previous line ups. Pictured are concept images
Previous rumours have also suggested that a dark blue finish will be introduced, but there is no mention of this in the latest report.
'We expect the iPhone 7 to come in piano black, dark black, rose gold, gold and silver,' says the report obtained by Mac Rumours.
Apple is set to introduce IPX7 water resistance, which already exists on its first Apple Watch model.
This should allow the new phone to be submerged up to three feet (1m) for up to 30 minutes.
This would mean that the new handset would survive in the rain, or a brief spell in the shower, but is unlikely to survive a long dunk in a swimming pool.
The event will be held in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and could also see the release of new MacBooks and a second generation Apple watch
MORE POWERFUL CHIP
Apple could be replacing its current A9 chip with an updated A10 processor made by TSMC, which could run at speeds up to 2.45 GHz.
This could mean a substantial boost to existing processing speeds leading to faster loader of apps.
A long-rumoured feature, the dual-lens rear camera is said to be coming to the iPhone 7 Plus, but not to the smaller iPhone 7.
Leaked images show a new dual lens rear camera that is said to be heading to the larger iPhone 7 Plus, but which will reportedly not be included on the smaller iPhone 7
The double camera is said to take brighter pictures and will also be capable of merging two photos together to provide the best image possible.
An improved LED flash will also be included on the rear camera, along with an ambient light sensor, says the report.
REDESIGNED HOME BUTTON
Apple is said to be overhauling the home button to make it fit flush against the chassis, which is a result of the new water resistant design.
While the button will no longer be clickable, the phone is said to include haptic feedback, to mimic the response of a clickable button.
A concept image shows what Apple's new iPhone 7 handset might look like with a new home button and no traditional headphone port
WIDE COLOUR DISPLAY
The new iPhone is expected to include the wide colour display technology that was introduced on the iPad Pro.
Influenced by the digital cinema industry, the tech is designed to improve colour saturation for a punchier and more realistic picture.
Early concept images show what the new iPhone 7's rumoured chassis design
Apple is rumoured to be upgrading the earpiece receiver at the top of the device to work as a speaker.
This would improve the audio by providing a stereo experience when the handset is held in landscape.
Earlier rumours have suggested that at least one of the new iPhone models will include a curved display.
Rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 will be cased in curved glass made from liquid metal. Artist Martin Hajek created this concept images ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, based on similar rumours at the time
This would put it head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy Edge S7, which was released earlier this year and features a display that curves around the edges of the handset.
'The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with a vibrating sensation rather than a true physical click and the removal of the devices' headphone jack,' reports Mark Gurman from Bloomberg.
APPLE HOPES IPHONE 7 WILL BOOST DECLINING SALES
Apple is counting on the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to reinvigorate its flagging smartphone sales.
Despite recently announcing the sale of its billionth iPhone, the Cupertino tech giant has seen iPhone sales in decline as smartphone users wait longer to upgrade.
The company is attempting to tackle a rare drop in revenue with its updated handsets, by enticing reluctant customers to upgrade to the new technology.
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