Drum the drums. If no catastrophe happens by then, everything indicates that we are less than a month from the launch of the “IPhone 7”, and, if Apple’s latest releases are any sign, the rumors and leaks machine will come into full force from now on.
The most recent news in terms of speculation plays down one of the few things close to certainty that we had about the next generation of Apple smartphones: the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, citing sources close to the subject, reported today that the Apple would have discarded the idea of launching three new models iPhone in September.
To recap: the current rumor so far would be that Apple would launch a 4.7 inch model (the “iPhone 7 ″, say) and two 5.5” models (the “iPhone 7 Plus” and the “iPhone 7 Pro”). The first two would be practically the same in all respects, except, of course, for size; the latter would come with some differentials, such as a dual camera system and Smart Connector, for a higher price – by the way, the MacMagazine on Air # 194, which will come out later today, will bring an interesting discussion about this supposed “iPhone 7 Pro”. Wait!
Now, theoretically less than a month before launch, Apple would have decided to kill the middle model. That is, there is supposed to be only a 5.5 inch model (probably keeping the current “Plus” nomenclature), and it will have all the extra features that have been speculated recently.
All very well, but it remains to be seen how the market would react to this movement: one of the great appeals of the last two generations of iPhone, after all, is the existence of two basically identical models in terms of features, allowing the user to choose the most appropriate size For yourself.
Still, Apple’s supposedly short-lived movement seems to have no other motivation than the market itself: falling sales of its flagship product have encouraged Cupertino executives to stick to a more streamlined line, the newspaper says. A source heard by them adds:
This had never happened. Before that year, Apple never made changes to the iPhone line just months before launch. It has been a volatile year for Apple.
The article Nikkei also speaks briefly of the iPhone of 2017, speculated as the one that will effectively bring many good news to the smartphone. They corroborate some rumors already aired before, such as the glass housing with an end-to-end OLED screen and wireless charging.
[via Cult of Mac]