Hold the phone, stop the presses, and drop the “coulds” and “shoulds” from pre-September 7 Apple discussions. The most knowledgeable financial analyst in the world in all iThings, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, shares with us today exactly what will happen on Wednesday, and what the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are all about.
Literally, what they’re all about, right down to details very few other tipsters have dared to tackle, like the supreme 2.4 or 2.45GHz clock speed of the new A10 processor, up from just 1.85 for the A9 inside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
There’s also an official rating to attach to the previously vague water protection claims, namely IPX7, i.e. the same as the Apple Watch, and one full tier below the troubled Galaxy Note 7. Still, immersion up to 1 meter and 30 minutes is certainly better than nothing, though it remains to be seen if Cupertino actually plans to make a fuss about it.
Other minor, unsurprising changes Kuo corroborates include that revised, not-really-a-button home button, storage options ranging from 32 to 256GB (no 64), 3D Touch “experience” improvements facilitated by the headphone jack exclusion, and visual features borrowed from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
It’s no longer shocking to hear the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will most likely come coated in two distinct shades of black (“dark” and “piano”), alongside gold, rose gold and silver, with the larger model getting an extra gig of RAM (3 in total) to support some neat new 12 + 12MP dual camera tricks. Oh, and expect Lightning EarPods and Lightning to 3.5mm adapters in the box.