KGI on iPhone 7: IPX7 waterproofing, 2.4GHz chip, new Force Touch sensor, LED flash & more

By , Sep 3, 2016

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KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is probably the most reliable analyst out there when it comes to predicting Apple’s unannounced gadgets and today he issued a new report to clients, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac, to discuss some last minute details ahead of Apple’s September 7 event.

In it, he shares many previously undisclosed iPhone 7 features, including a lot faster new chip, some new and updated sensors, significantly improved cameras with an upgraded LED flash system and more, plus specifics on waterproofing, new colors options, display technology and so forth.

Here are key highlights from the report:

Cameras—KGI’s report does not discuss the camera on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model, which too will be getting an upgrade of its own, likely in the form of an increased opening to let more light in and possibly even Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that used to be exclusive to ‘Plus’ models. As for the brand-new dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus, Kuo writes that it’s made up of a wide-angle camera and a telephoto camera, each sporting a twelve-megapixel sensor and a 6P lens. This will allow for some interesting features, like true optical zoom and “light field camera applications”. As a bonus, the iPhone 7’s LED flash increases the number of LEDs from two to four (two cool, two warm) to improve photos taken in low-light situations.

Display—The iPhone 7 will use the same display sizes and screen resolutions as the iPhone 6/6s series while borrowing Apple’s latest technologies from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro allowing the iPhone 7 screens to render a wider range of colors so the photos taken by the new cameras will look even better on them.

A-series chip—The next iPhone will be powered by Apple’s in-house designed ‘A10’ chip with CPU cores clocked at up to 2.4GHz versus the maximum CPU clock rate of 1.85GHz for the A9 chip inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. Supply chain sources previously said the A10 would be fabbed on TSMC’s ten-nanometer FinFET process technology versus the 16-nm process for the A9 chip while the actual chip packaging will use TSMC’s new InFO process, resulting in a smaller overall package.

RAM—While the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will stay at two gigabytes of RAM, the same as the iPhone 6s, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus model will have three gigabytes of memory to handle advanced camera processing of the dual-camera system.

Storage—Kuo says Apple will abandon existing 16 GB and 64 GB tiers and provide the iPhone 7 lineup in the following storage capacities: 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

Colors—Two new iPhone 7 case colors, called “Dark Black” and “Piano Black,” will replace Space Gray which will be removed from the lineup, meaning the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be offered in a total of five colors. Piano Black is described as glossy but may only be offered exclusively on high-capacity iPhone 7 models at launch due to low yields.

Sensors—The removal of the 3.55 headphone jack has created space for what looks look a second speaker grille but is actually a brand new sensor designed to improve the “user experience” by enhancing the Force Touch recognition system. The handsets should also gain a new amplifier to boost sound output from the receiver and “switch from LCD to laser” for the proximity sensor to enable faster response times, longer recognition distance and maybe even hand-waving gesture features.

Headphones—Like most other watchers, Kuo agrees that the iPhone 7 lineup will ditch the 3.55 mm analog audio jack in favor of wireless Bluetooth headphones or wired ones based on Lightning I/O. Kuo agrees that every iPhone 7 box will include Lighting-based EarPods as well as a Lighting to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

Waterproofing—The iPhone 7 will be waterproof with an IPX7 rating, just like the Apple Watch, allowing the device to withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. “According to KGI, Apple’s high standards for waterproofing have impacted the supply chain and lowered total production of iPhone 7,” writes the publication.

If Kuo is right, there is more to the iPhone 7 than meets the eye. I’m not sure about you, but I’m very intrigued by that additional Force Touch sensor and a much-improved proximity sensor potentially allowing the iPhone 7 to detect hand-waving gestures.

You may also want to read our roundup of the September 7 event predictions.

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • Jamessmooth

    Hm. Maybe this iPhone won’t be such a snoozer after all.

    • Jibbley Gravey

      What do you mean? there’s nothing but an improved Camera…. this is a SNOOZER….

      • mickey

        Lackluster sure but expected. Internals are all upgraded significantly. What else did you expect of Apple? They don’t make huge leaps but refinements. We don’t all agree on it but we certainly know this by now. I’m actually surprised there might be waterproofing.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Waterproofing? is that really a feature?… don’t tell me, you’re going to be the idiot going SWIMMING with their mobile device…. this is nothing but a SNOOZER!!! Tim can’t innovate for his life… everyone buy put options on AAPLs stock NOW!!!! They already aren’t selling enough iphones to meet growth estimates… now this…. They will MISS earning for years to come. SHORT!!!! the bears are coming!!!

      • mickey

        I kayak and paddleboard a couple times a month so yeah it is a feature to me. It’s a hobby, like your trolling.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        I’m pretty sure your phone isn’t SUBMERGED IN WATER WHEN YOU DO THOSE “HOBBIES” …

      • mickey

        I take regular dips whenever I go out. Even if I didn’t it’d be nice to just not worry about my phone getting wet.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        It’s still going to get wet… but the fact that you would take your electronics out in the water with you is baffling. Obviously not someone who takes care of their equipment.

        Hey look at me, I’m at the beach, I want to go surfing… instead of leaving my phone under the umbrella, I’m going to take it with me in the water because, I’m going to totally be using it…

        sounds stupid huh?

      • mickey

        There are plenty of reasons for me to bring a phone when I’m out in the middle of the ocean. It is in a waterproof case but it’d be nice if I didn’t have to use one. I’m sorry it isn’t for you but I’m not a moron or an idiot because of it.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        No, there is NO good reason to bring your $1000 phone into the water unless you’re like some action cam guy… which you could have just used a $300 go pro or a REAL camera instead. 😀

      • mickey

        I guess emergencies is not a reason. Besides, I can do whatever I want with the $1000 phone I paid for.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Thanks for the win. It’s just silly to take your phone in the water… unless you’re on a boat and don’t plan on getting wet. I doubt you’ll be kayaking very far from shore.

      • mickey

        Ok I lied. What I really want to do is just be able to pour Dom P all over my phone whenever I want.

      • Newgunnerr

        Did you read the article?

      • Rowan09

        Of course not, that would make too much sense. We didn’t know most if any of these details.

      • gary

        Did you not read the article?

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Removed headphone jack… new camera… new colors not impressed. Same design, same speed, same ram, different OS… what exactly is new????????? please tell me? Everything else isn’t really an upgrade… slightly faster phone? well duh… I’d expect nothing less. So… really… the ONLY thing new is a fkn camera…. you sheep. WAKE UP

      • mickey

        Now we know you definitely can’t read. New cpu, faster speed, more ram (plus). Everything IS upgraded and it will perform just as well as any other flagship out there. Is it innovative? No. But again what are you expecting (you still haven’t told us)? You cannot produce historically innovative features every year. We’ve seen this with the countless and forgotten gimmicks in cell phone tech the last few years. I’m guessing you’re the guy that bashed 3D Touch but would’ve complained anyway if there wasn’t anything new ad novel. Besides, the technology has reached a point where upgrades are not huge leaps anymore, simply upgrades. What phone will you be using and why aren’t you on that forum?

      • Jibbley Gravey

        I’m pretty sure I mentioned (faster) in my post… “faster” upgrades are the “S” versions… this one should have been ‘innovative’ they had TWO fkn years to come up with something good… and this is the best they could do? a darker color and a better camera? you are 100% a sheep if you think this is worth a $1000 upgrade. Moron.

      • mickey

        When did I say this is worth the upgrade? My first post I was actually agreeing with you. I am simply saying these upgrades are as expected. Every iteration is faster not just the S. You are twisting my words.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Nope, I used your words exactly as you stated. Innovative every year? I just pointed out… they purposely added in an “S” year just so they have time to make major upgrades every TWO years instead. 🙂 you twisted your own words.

        A tech company that can’t innovate will DIE :3

        Sony and Microsoft with their console gaming systems will DIE… why? because people want more and more for a cheaper price… Remember when the PS4 was $599? lol. Who was going to pay that? no one… price lowered to $399. PC gaming will eventually take over… and they will just need to open up PSN and XBL to PC gamers… they simply can’t compete. People aren’t willing to pay that much for hardware every year… just let them build their own system that will last many years 😀

        Apple better innovate something REAL SOON… iphone sales are not meeting growth expectations anymore 😉 AAPL can barely meet EPS expectations… they will miss next quarter 100%

      • mickey

        What about other flagships? Not every year is a major upgrade. It’s not just Apple.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        OnePlus 3 😉

      • mickey

        Don’t you know sheep can see above 500ppi? Need moar pixels.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Man, I love my 6s.

    • Noohar

      Me too buddy guy friend

  • Newgunnerr

    Now imagine the 10th anni version iphone … waiting for that one 🙂

    • leart

      I was thinking the same… just purchased 6s+ anyway it would be a waste switching to the new one this fast

      • Newgunnerr

        Exactly the same. Got my 6s+ like 3 months ago. I am going to buy my first apple watch tho

      • askep3

        Same! Can’t wait for the Apple Watch! Also hoping they release the MacBook Pro tho

      • Newgunnerr

        O man that macbook pro with a LED stripe, i’d kill for a macbook like that

      • Hope they release a new keyboard with the LED strip. I’d buy that one right away!

      • askep3

        Woah u don’t need to kill lol, they’ll release it soon

  • Leonard Wong

    By the look of it. That’s quite an upgrade

  • leart

    the white one looks gorgeous

  • Eliijah Moss

    I’m confused. What happened to the deep blue color? Is it being called a different name now, or was it removed from the line of colors?

    • Julio Hernandez

      It was rumored but those rumors stopped in favor of the whole two new black color rumors. As far as I’m aware at least.

      • Eliijah Moss

        Got you.

  • Noohar

    3gb RAM upgrade would be nice for the 7 Plus.

    • 5723alex .

      That’s an old app. Geekbench 4 is out.

  • No space grey is a deal breaker for me.

    • Newgunnerr

      How? It’s 2 years old now, don’t you like black better?

      • Nope, space grey worked just fine. All my stuff is space grey.. zero reason for them to dump this color way after just adding it to the MacBook line up.. seems stupid but I’m seriously considering dumping all my apple stuff, not just for the color way issue but many others that have come up this past year. They just aren’t the same company with a good direction anymore.

    • gary

      Then buy a 6S in Space Grey

      • Already have one.. but there was a defect in the board that didn’t allow calls to go through. So Apple replaced it last week, I was going to get the 7 and just sell that 6S Plus… but now.. nope..

  • tariq

    What are the 5 colors?

    • TornBodies

      Rose Gold
      Glossy Piano Black
      Dark Black

    • techfreak23

      Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, “Piano Black,” and “Space Black”

      • tariq

        Thanks! I forgot about the rose gold

  • rockdude094

    Definitely getting the Dark Black !

  • SteveJay

    So does this mean that the next anti-apple campaign will be Watergate?

    • Jibbley Gravey


  • I’m all in for a waterproof iPhone. Currently have the 6s and I won’t be upgrading anytime soon because I bought it full price on launch day.

  • Why do you call it waterproofing? Its just water resistant not completely waterproof. If its the same as the watch its definitely not waterproof…

  • p1noyako

    Pass on this iPhone 7. Will wait for the iPhone 8 or whatever they call it.

  • Joey

    Just need my 3.5 mm port and black colour

  • Rak S

    If this is the extent of the iPhone update, I’m seriously going to consider if I should upgrade from my iPhone 6.
    This is underwhelming to say the least

    Better camera? The current one is fine.
    More colours? Meh.
    Water resistance? Lol. Not a a problem most people need to worry about.
    32gb base model? I buy 64gb anyway
    New processor? Great, I can launch FB 0.5 seconds faster.

    It’s pretty poor to be honest. Everything here, apart from water resistance is an incremental improvement. Nothing new or particularly interesting or innovative.

    • Adhithya Gokul

      That is what can be done to a phone. What else can we expect. Only new design is missing and that will come next year.

      • Rak S

        Not too long ago, they talked about Sapphire glass, AMOLED screens, removal of the home button, etc. These are at least interesting innovations/enhancements.

        Design is the main thing with iPhones… Physical, software experience design. Without that, there is no Apple. There’s no guarantee that new design is coming next year. It’s unsubstantiated rumour that may be 12 months down the line.

        All previous evidence indicates that the design won’t change for 2 years, as per the iPhone 3G 4, 5 and 6.