Apple has only just released a new iPhone, in the shape of the SE. Yet attention is already turning to its plans for its flagship devices, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The former has been getting plenty of attention. But what about the latter?
Apple seems to be plotting something big for its plus–size smartphone, with the rumour mill buzzing with chat about Cupertino’s plans. Here’s what we know so far.
Dual camera technology
It’s the rumour that won’t die. Towards the end of 2015, chatter emerged suggesting Apple was working on a new dual camera lens system for its next generation iPhone.
The system is said to be based on technology acquired from Israeli imaging startup LinX, which Apple bought last year.
Word is it’ll deliver sharper pictures and better low light performance.
Special 3D mapping tech will let the iPhone 7 Plus suss out depth of field, so refocusing should be smoother and faster.
And it’s an exclusive feature
One of the things that makes the dual camera lens so interesting is the fact that it looks set to be exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus.
This would mark a first for Apple, which has include the same technology in standard and plus-size phones since it began offering so–called phablets with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.
Some tech watchers are concerned this will fragment the iPhone brand.
Others argue that it will give Apple a sales boost at a time when demand is flatlining in the face of improving competition.
Same big screen
The iPhone 7 Plus is set to come with the same 5.5–inch size display as the current iPhone 6s Plus.
There has been a lot of chat about Apple bringing curved-screen, AMOLED tech to the iPhone, but this looks likely to be held back until 2017.
That’s a huge gamble, with Samsung and LG pushing boundaries and offering brighter screens which suck up much less power.
An all-new name?
If Apple is planning on offering a standard single lens camera with the iPhone 7 and a dual lens effort with the iPhone 7 Plus, will the latter really use that name?
It’s a good question and one which some supply chain sources claim to have answered. They reckon the iPhone 7 Plus will actually be called the iPhone Pro.
This would certainly fit in with Apple’s iPad and MacBook naming strategy.
Could that also mean it’ll support the Apple Pencil stylus and even a Smart Keyboard accessory? Only time will tell.
All will be revealed in the autumn
As ever, Apple is set to release its top–end iPhones in the autumn. This usually happens in early September.
But with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus offering different specs and a slew of new features, expect a summer of endless rumours and parts leaks.
The past few years have seen tipsters get things spot on, so by July we should have a clearer idea of exactly what Apple has lined up.
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