The iPhone 7 Pro is still very much a rumored smartphone, with Apple certainly having not confirmed the existence of this smartphone competitor. But the analyst community generally believes now that the iPhone 7 Pro will indeed emerge before the end of 2016. So what can we expect from this phablet competitor? Here is a rundown of all the expected features related to this premium Apple release.
iPhone 7 Pro size
It is overwhelmingly likely that the iPhone 7 Pro will be identical in size to the iPhone 7 Plus. There have been suggestions in the media that the iPhone 7 Plus will be smaller in size than previous previous iterations of the series, as Apple looks to slim down its premium phablet.
The display of the iPhone 7 Pro is likely to be 5.5-inches, identical to that of the iPhone 7 Plus and existing iPhone 6S Plus. Apple generally shows an inclination to produce sleeker and smaller devices, rather than bowing to industry pressure regarding ever larger screen sizes. The ethos of Apple in this regard was perhaps succinctly illustrated by the recent release of the four-inch iPhone SE, so don’t expect the iPhone 7 Pro to be any larger in screen terms than previous devices.
Curved / Edge-to-edge display
It has been suggested for some time that Apple could consider producing a curved version of the iPhone at some point in the future. And indeed it is already known that Apple has successfully applied for a patent for such technology, and could conceivably include this in the iPhone 7 range.
When Samsung first produced curved screen devices, it made these mobiles premium versions of its wider smartphone ranges, so it is possible that Apple will follow suit and made a curved screen version of the iPhone 7 Pro. However, this should probably be filed under unlikely rumors, as it would be a big undertaking for Apple to produce an entirely new phablet, and then also arm it with a curved screen for the first time in an Apple mobile device.
It is largely anticipated, and has been extensively reported, that the iPhone 7 Pro will feature a dual-camera as part of its portfolio. Some market observers – including the legendary Ming-Chi Kuo; an analyst for KGI Securities, a financial services group in the Asia-Pacific region – suggest that this dual-camera technology will feature exclusively in the iPhone 7 Pro, and that other iPhone 7 units will have more rudimentary cameras included.
So this is one rumor that can be pencilled in rather confidently for the iPhone 7 Pro, although the megapixel rating of the snapper and other details are less clear at the time of writing. Perhaps Apple could consider upgrading the iPhone 7 Pro camera to 16-megapixels, and there have been suggestions as well that optical image stabilization will also be improved in the camera.
It is rather early days to be commenting on the processor that could be included in the iPhone 7 Pro, But we do know that a new A10 processor will be manufactured for the iPhone 7 range. It has been reported previously that Samsung will be dropped as a part of the iPhone manufacturing process this time out, with processors instead to be produced by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
It seems probable that Apple will increase the quotient of storage included in the iPhone 7 Pro, but it has been widely reported that the consumer electronics giant is considering a 256GB version of the smartphone this time round. Apple tends to prefer utilizing native storage rather than micro SD, so this would involve doubling the storage included in the standard iPhone 7.
If this does indeed turn out to be the case, it is a certainty that this premium memory version would be included in the iPhone 7 Pro series.
Apple could consider doubling the memory included in the phablet version of the iPhone 6S when the iPhone 7 Pro is released. This would mean that this phablet contender benefits from 4GB of RAM; significantly more than any previous Apple device has received. Certainly we should expect the memory from the iPhone 6S to be increased in the iPhone 7 Pro, so there will be at least 3GB of RAM in this smartphone competitor.
It is difficult to predict precisely what battery Apple will include in the iPhone 7 Pro. But considering the criticisms that Apple has received for the lifecycle of its devices recently, it is reasonable to assume that the battery will be upgraded from last year’s iPhone 6S. The iPhone 6S Plus featured a non-removable Li-Po 2,750 mAh battery, so we could see a cell in excess of 3,000 mAh when the iPhone 7 Pro sees the light of day.
The iPhone 7 range has been linked with several new features, and these are all certain to be included in the top of the range iPhone 7 Pro when it is released. The first of these features has already been mentioned in this article, with the iPhone 7 Pro certain to benefit from a dual-camera.
Aside from this, it is expected that the iPhone 7 Pro will improve on the waterproofing and dustproofing of previous releases, and USB Type-C could also be included. Rumors are abound that it will be possible to effectively turn the iPhone 7 Pro into a laptop by attaching a keyboard, and there could also be wireless charging included in the iPhone range for the first time.
It is extremely unlikely that the iPhone 7 Pro will be released in September of this year, if indeed it appears at all. It is widely anticipated that Apple will follow the release schedule from last year for the iPhone 7, and this would mean that consumers will be able to get their hands on the iPhone 7 Pro before Q3 is out.
The iPhone 7 Pro will surely cost more than the iPhone 7 Plus, so we could be looking at a price tag even in the $1,000 region for this device.