2016 Apple iPhone 7 Plus : Seven Things You Need To Know

I'll save you from having to read a long introduction about the history of this device because - really - if you've been following TP since 2008 (or unless you've been living under a rock), you should be more than familiar with all the iPhone models that Apple has launched since the beginning of this product line.

In this post, I'll simply share seven rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus that I believe could very well turn out true and accurate.

The follow-up to the best-selling Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Apple iPhone 7 Plus is expected to be officially announced by around mid-September 2016.

Alright. Let's jump straight to the list.

1. New Color = Blue, Minimal Design and Build Changes

Whereas Rose Gold became the unique color that's associated with Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Blue or Metallic Blue will be the distinguishing hue of the 2016 iteration. And I couldn't be happier.

Various tech bloggers and vloggers have already shared images of the leaked shell from China. Here's Unbox Therapy showing us one that's supposedly made specifically for his channel:

Despite coming in a new shade and having a slightly slimmer build, however, iPhone 7 Plus' overall look will still be highly reminiscent of its predecessor. Sure, the camera module will be bigger and the antenna bands will be less obvious but its exterior will still be crafted from aluminum, giving a largely similar feel in the hand.

None of that Samsung Galaxy S5 to S6 or LG G4 to G5 massive design change.

More: Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Leaked Photos!

2. Dual Optics Camera Module

Just like LG G5 and Huawei P9 Plus, Apple iPhone 7 Plus - they say - will sport a dual camera module. As yet, though, we are still clueless as to what exactly it is for. Will it be for improved depth of field or for better image contrast and color replication? Your guess is as good as mine.

3. No 3.5mm Combo Jack

According to insiders, Apple is officially ditching the 3.5mm combo jack of the iPhone.

Is it because they want to make the device slimmer? Or that they want to make more money by selling adapters for their current EarPod model? Is it for the sake of innovation?

I don't know. Honestly, I think it's weird. I mean, what's up with that, Apple?!

Photo Credit: Marques Brownlee

Anyway, it is said that this will herald a new era of wireless earphones from the company as well as wired ones with Lightning Port connector.

4. Apple iPhone 7 Pro?

I'm 50/50 about this one. But I've decided to add it to this list anyway.

It's about product nomenclature.

Some saying that instead of 'iPhone 7 Plus', Apple's upcoming 5.5-inch phablet could very well be named 'iPhone 7 Pro'.

I think it sounds rather cool. If Apple will go with that, I'll be fine with it. I mean, it goes with 'Macbook Pro'.

5. iOS 10

This one's almost 100% accurate.

Both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will run the latest version of iOS right out of the box.

iOS 10, which now looks sleeker and ever, brings neat enhancements to the notifications and lock-screen interface as well as to Apple's pre-installed iMessage, Maps, Music, and News applications.

6. Improved Internal Hardware

Experts are saying that Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be powered by the all-new Apple A10 processor with - of course - far greater processing and graphics performance than the A9 and will finally have 3GB of RAM delivering an even smoother multitasking experience and perhaps, making VR-compatibility possible on this new device.

7. Familiar Price Schedule

Last year, the iPhone 6s Plus was officially released in the Philippines during the first week of November with price tag starting at around Php 45,000 for the base model and going as high as roughly Php 56,000 for the 128GB variant. Expect the iPhone 7 Plus to arrive locally within that same month and to don similar SRPs.

There you have it, TP Friends! Are you upgrading your iPhone this year? Or will you be making a jump from your current Android smartphone to Apple's flagship handset, finally? Let me know your thoughts about the Cupertino company's upcoming smartphones in the comments section below. Cheers!

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