The iPhone 7S may not be due out until later this year, but we are already hearing a number of rumors about Apple’s next flagships. The latest rumblings characterize the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus as the follow-ups to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively.
Rumors hint that these 7S models will be mid-range alternatives to a rumored top-of-the-line iPhone 8.
Here’s everything we know so far about the new iPhone 7S and 7S Plus models coming in September 2017.
We have long expected the iPhone 7s to show up at Apple’s normal mid-to-late September event, however, new reports suggest that perhaps we will see the device a little earlier.
Apple is ramping up production of the next iPhone (which it refers to as the iPhone 8, but could instead be called the iPhone 7s) a little earlier than usual.
While the beginning of production is reportedly scheduled for June, which is a little earlier than usual, the report notes this doesn’t mean Apple will release the phone sooner.
The iPhone 7 was the first device in the iPhone family that could be submerged up to a meter underwater for 30 minutes. But rumor has it that Apple’s going to take it a step further with the next iPhones, ramping up the IP rating from IP67 to IP68 and putting it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Most people will hardly notice a difference, to be fair. The IP68-rating allows submersion up to about 5 feet for 30 minutes, a minor improvement over the 3.3 depth against which IP67-certified devices are protected.
The iPhone 7S models may feature a familiar design. According to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, the mid-range iPhones will serve as upgrades to the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus may ship in a new color. The jet black iPhone was a huge hit for the iPhone 7 despite the $100 premium, and according to recent rumors, Apple may well do the same thing with the iPhone 7S models.
According to the Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, the new color’s red.
A red iPhone would be a pretty big deal for Apple, which has traditionally stuck with more subdued colors like whites, blacks, and grays. A red addition to the lineup would be a bold choice.
According to the Motley Fool, the iPhone 7S lineup may include the standard iPhone 7S with a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 7S Plus with a 5.5-inch display. The high-end iPhone 8 will likely arrive at the same time, rumors suggest.
Noted KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has seconded the rumor. Kuo writes that Apple’s iPhone 7S lineup will feature iPhones with screens measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally. He also suggests that Apple may experiment with either glass, ceramic, or plastic backs on the iPhone 7S.
In his latest report, Kuo suggested that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7S will serve as a mid-range or perhaps even low-end iPhone. And he said that the iPhone 7S models could account for between 30 and 35 percent of new iPhone shipments in 2017.
Apple traditionally launches the iPhone every year in September. So far, that seems likely to happen yet again in 2017. We have no information on a specific launch or release date yet. The price is also unknown.
Specs iPhone 7S/7S Plus iPhone 8/8Plus
Screen LCD Curved OLED
Charging Standard lightning Lightning and Wireless Charging
Design Similar to iPhone 7/7 Plus No bezel, no home button, radical change
Specs A11 A11
Camera Dual-camera on some models Dual-camera on some models