Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and New Apple Watch Announcement : What To Expect?

In less than two hours, American electronics giant Apple Inc. is expected to unveil a number of new products and services including its two new iPhones and the updated version of its smartwatch.

For those who will be sleeping early tonight and won't be able to catch the online streaming of Tim Cook's keynote starting at 1 o'clock this morning Philippine Time, allow me to give you the speculated features of the devices that could very well be introduced at the event.

For the past two years, Apple has released two iPhones at the same time. In 2014, we got the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In 2015, there was the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. And this year, insiders are saying that Apple will continue this trend and launch the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 Plus, purportedly shown in the leaked photo of the new UAG case made for this specific model, is believed to sport a 5.5-inch Full HD Retina Display, a Scratch-Resistant Glass Touchscreen with 3D Touch technology, Fingerprint Scanner, a 5 MegaPixel selfie cam in front, and a Dual 12 MegaPixel camera module at the back.

According to experts, the two-optic set-up of iPhone 7 Plus' rear shooter allows it to deliver better depth of field, resulting in photos and videos with 'Bokeh Effect' that somehow approximates what a DSLR can deliver. This stellar imaging enhancement is clearly the strongest selling point of this new model.

On the other hand, the smaller Apple iPhone 7 is rumored to be equipped with a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 pixels Retina Display as well as the same Scratch-Resistant Glass Face with 3D Touch technology, Fingerprint Scanner, and 5 MegaPixel front cam. However, it lacks the Dual Camera module at the back that its larger sibling features.

Under the hood, both handsets are said to run the new iOS 10 right out of the box with the beastly 2.4 GHz Apple A10 processor, making these two devices inarguably the best mobile devices for playing the most specs-intensive 3D games, tasks, and applications out there.

As for RAM, it's said that the larger iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB - needed to handle its advanced imaging capabilities - while the smaller iPhone 7 will only have 2GB similar to that of iPhone 6s. For internal storage, insiders are saying that Apple will offer 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants for either models.

Looking at leaked photos, it appears that in terms of design the two new iPhones have almost the same footprint and build as their aluminum-clad predecessors. Interestingly, however, their antenna bands at the back are less prominent and their camera modules are obviously different. Also, these 2016 iPhones are expected to be thinner as they lack a 3.5mm audio jack.

Some insiders are reporting that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are IPX 7 Certified, which means that they are protected against water ingress when submerged in a meter of liquid for up to 30 minutes. I'd like to think of it more as added protection against accidental splashes and drops in water, though.

What about the hues? Well, we previously noted that Blue might be the color that's unique to this year's iPhones -- just like what Rose Gold was to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. We're getting new reports, however, stating that Piano Black could be the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus 'color' instead of Blue, joining the familiar Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, and (now darker) Slate Grey options.

Hardcore Apple fans are also looking forward to the announcement of at least one new Apple Watch! They are saying that the first has the same look as the first generation model but features a more energy-efficient display, bigger battery, GPS receiver, better water-resistance, and a number of new sensors making it more effective as a fitness companion. The second one, they say, has a rounder look that's reminiscent of the Moto 360 smartwatch. Interesting, eh?

Alright! That's all for now! Stay tuned for updates.

Update: Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Windows 10 users will be able to watch the official livesteam of the September 2016 Apple Event on their devices! Simply open your Safari or Microsoft Edge browser and visit the official page as soon as the streaming goes live. Unfortunately, Firefox and Google Chrome web-browsers are not supported. Owners of second, third, and fourth-generation Apple TV can watch the keynote straight from the Apple Events channel.

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