Rumors: iPhone 7 Hardware Specs
iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus/Pro: Hardware Specs
Another set of early June rumours has emerged claiming that both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available with storage options as high as 256GB – the news follows other recent rumours saying the 16GB lower tier will be ditched for a 32GB base option. The info comes via industry research and analysis firm TrendForce, which claims that Apple has pretty much finalised the spec line-up across the range. Previously we had heard that the iPhone 7 Plus, aka the iPhone 7 Pro, would have a top-tier 265GB storage option, but between the possible Pro branding (Apple’s iPad Pro tablets both have 256GB options) and the presence of a high-spec dual-camera sensor (with the better quality photos requiring more storage space) it seemed like a logical move. Now, however, TrendForce claims that even the iPhone 7, with its single camera sensor, will also have a 256GB variant for those who need stacks of space. The move also makes sense as content and applications become more sophisticated and take up larger amounts of space on a phone’s internal storage, particularly as Apple does not offer microSD storage card capabilities. The report also claims the iPhone 7 Plus will feature 3GB of RAM while the iPhone 7 will have 2GB.
According to a tipster, Kevin Wang, Director of Market Research at IHS Technology, for the iPhone 7 generation coming later this year Apple will finally ditch the 16GB lower tier models and the base edtions of each device will be coming with 32GB of onboard storage and 2GB of RAM. Wang states this info comes from his “supply chain research,” although this isn’t someone with Ming-chi Kuo’s track record so we are regarding it with a healthy degree of caution.
Still, dropping the 16GB option is something that many consumers, reviewers and analysts have suggested would be a good idea for a while; as multimedia and apps go up in quality (with 4K video and images being far more common) 16GB is starting to look a bit anemic and can quickly be filled without much effort. Storage creep is something computing devices have had for a very long time, and in a way it is surprising that phones so far have not had to update as quickly. There is still some speculation that Apple’s top-level option for the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will be as much as 256GB, putting it on par with the iPad Pro tablets.
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