‘iPhone 7’ Details Revealed; Upgraded ‘iPhone 5s’ Coming: KGI

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a research report detailing his findings on what next year’s iPhone cycle will entail. Yes, we’re already into ‘iPhone 7’ rumours, so let’s get started.

iPhone 7 concept by Martin Hajek

The report (via MacRumors) details Apple could release a new 4-inch model that “resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s,” but lack 3D Touch found in the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. It would be powered by the A9 CPU made by TSMC and produced by Foxconn, with estimates of selling maybe 20 to 30 million units in 2016:

As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line. Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metal casings. In order to make the current iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple may adopt an A9 chip for this new phone.

As for the next ‘iPhone 7’, Kuo says it will be powered by the A10 processor made by TSMC and have 2GB of RAM. For the larger ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, Apple is said to include 3GB of RAM for this model for better performance. Currently, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus both contain 2GB of RAM.

While we can predict the specifications of the ‘iPhone 7’ (A10, more RAM), the more important issue at stake is whether Apple will make the phone thinner or thicker, as it will most likely affect battery life, which can still be improved.

Also, will the next iPhone ‘fix’ the rear camera lens so it sits flush again? We’ll find out soon, as normally by now we should expect someone in the supply chain to leak CAD drawings, case prototypes and more, but probably in early 2016.

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  • winnertakesteve

    Sucks if a 4″ update will be hobbled feature wise. If they were going to compromise, make it thicker and fit everything in. I think they are over estimating the value of thinness beyond say that of the iPhone 4.

    Overall I wish they wouldn’t conflate smaller screen with discount model.

  • Salinger

    I don’t really understand the obsession with making a phone as thin as possible, except for the bragging rights. I mean, none of us want to carry a brick in our pocket, but there comes a point, and I think my iPhone 6 is there, where there is such a thing as too thin; to the point it becomes clumsy to hold and type on without a case. Not to mention the protruding camera lens.

    The photo of the concept iPhone 7 looks pretty much identical to the 6 and 6s. Only difference appears to be a software home button which will be good. I initially got a 6 Plus but returned it and got the 6 because the length was too awkwardly long. If they can reduce the bezels with an on-screen home button, that should fix that and I can move back up to the larger screen size I’d like to have.

    I do have to say though, all this speculation over the next gen iPhone, much of which appears to be outright guesses, when the current one has barely been released is more than a bit ridiculous.

  • Mozbius

    This concept from Martin Hajek is a winner! This would bring iPhone 5/5s size format back into play which I must say would be a good thing! I bought the iPhone6 because the plus was just too large for hand usage!

  • MrXax

    Seems absurd that Apple would return to a 4″ option while removing 3D Touch. There’s not a huge practical difference between 4″ and 4.7″.

  • FragilityG4

    Would they call it A10 or AX? Will iOS move to iOS X? Will each major update going forward follow the OS X standard i.e. iOS X 10.1 and minors being iOS X 10.1.1??