According to rumors, we should expect Apple to launch a base model iPhone 7 with an iPhone 7 Plus this September, but there are some rumors that suggest we could see a third handset the iPhone 7 Pro too! If you have not heard of it before today, it’s nothing new, a few well-known concept designers like Martin Hajek have included the handset in their latest renderings. However, we’ve now heard from Weibo and it is suggesting that the rumors of a third iPhone 7 are indeed true!
3 iPhone 7 Variants
According to a tipster who spotted the three models on the site, as picked up by PocketNow. It reveals the Chinese prices for all three models, and also claims that a new variant will take pride of place at the top of the iPhone 7 range. According to the information, the base 32Gb version will cost 7088 yuan, the 128GB version will cost 7888 yuan and the 256GB variant 8888 yuan.
It’s clear from those prices, that they do not quite line up with those of existing models, and if you were to directly convert the prices the smallest would end up costing around $900 and rise up to $1100 for the top model.
At 7.3mm thick the iPhone 6s Plus was probably as thin as you would have ever expected to ever see an iPhone. However, thanks to some interesting rumors, I have been able to discover what’s being called the preliminary sizes of all 3 iPhone 7 variants.
Now assuming that there indeed will be an iPhone 7 Pro, iPhone 7 Plus and a base model iPhone 7, I will start in that order. So, due to their identical screen sizes, the iPhone 7 Pro and Plus are both 6.1mm thick with the base iPhone 7 following up just a little thinner than the 6s Plus at 7.1mm.
What you need to remember here, is that nothing has been confirmed by Apple. I am quoting specifications that may end up being incorrect. However, as with the thickness of the iPhone 7 variants, there is a similar theme going on with the size of the displays. Both the iPhone 7 Pro and iPhone 7 Plus have 5.5-inch have LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreens, with a pixel density of 401ppi. As for the base model iPhone 7, it has a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen with 326ppi.
So, again there’s nothing to choose between the Pro and the Plus…
As far as protection goes, here is where I have come across a difference, as all references to protection on the iPahone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus refer to them both having “Ion-strengthened glass with an oleophobic coating”, however, the iPhone 7 Pro is rumored to have either Ion-strengthened glass with an oleophobic coating or Sapphire Crystal Glass with an oleophobic coating.
So, it is reasonably safe to assume that for protection, the iPhone 7 Pro can be considered to have the more advanced protection, if Sapphire Crystal Glass is used in production.
If you’ve been keeping up with the rumor mill, then you will know that a dual-camera option for the iPhone 7 has been talked about for months. And whilst the information I’m sharing with you here is only a compilation of specification rumors, it does look like one of the 3 variant iPhone 7’s is going to get it, can you guess which?
Starting with the size of the main rear facing camera on all three devices, it seems as though they all will feature a 12-megapixel sensor, with the following additional specifications: f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. I bet you’re wondering about the Dual-camera tech? Well, according to my sources, it could be the iPhone 7 Pro that gets it, and that would probably fall into line with other rumors that I have been reading of late.
As far as other features are concerned there seems to be a theme going on, with the base model almost identical to the Plus and it being almost identical to the iPhone 7 Pro. So, from what I can tell, other than the size differences between the base model at 4.7-inches and the Plus and Pro at 5.5-inches, it is the pro that has the additional features, which will make it stand out from the others two.
These differences are as follows:
I wrote about the iPhone and Wireless charging just a few days ago, and it looks as though Apple could be about to include this with the iPhone 7 Pro, sorry but the Plus and base handset miss out on this new feature. Another difference is with the USB version, the iPhone 7 Plus and 7 both have v2.0 with a reversible connector, however, the iPhone 7 Pro is sporting v3.0 with both a reversible connector and a magnetic one.
If the specifications I have quoted in this article becomes reality, it looks as though there are nothing but minor differences between all three of the new iPhone 7’s. Yes, the Pro could have superior screen protection, faster USB transfer rates and dual camera tech, which is a big deal. But, without knowing the price differences between the three it is difficult to say which handset would be the best value for money.