In just a few days Apple is set to take the wraps off its new 4-inch smartphone, likely to be called iPhone SE. And then the company is expected to launch its flagship iPhone 7 sometime in September this year. While the iPhone SE would cater to the mid-range buyers, the iPhone 7 will be a premium smartphone. So, the two phones will have different features and specs. Let’s take a look at the recent leaks and rumors to see how different they would be.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE: design & display
The smaller iPhone SE will have a 4-inch display while the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are rumored to be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes. Inside sources told 9to5Mac that the iPhone SE design will be “almost exactly the same” as the iPhone 5S. It will have a “boxier” instead of a curved design. It will have a power button on the top, circular volume buttons, and a headphone jack, microphone and speaker arrangement at the bottom.
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Apple traditionally changes the design of its smartphones during every “new number year.” But this time it is expected to give the iPhone 7 the same design as the iPhone 6S, with small changes. YouTuber Unbox Therapy has obtained leaked cases of the iPhone 7, shedding light on the phone’s design. The video shows the current iPhone 6S fits almost exactly into the leaked case. It means the iPhone 7 will likely retain the design elements of its predecessor.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE: features & specs
The iPhone SE will get many features and specs of the current flagship iPhone 6S. The mid-range device will boast of Live Photos support, NFC chip for Apple Pay, the A9 processor with M9 co-processor, a 12-megapixel main camera with 4K video recording capabilities.
However, it is unlikely to get the 3D Touch support, which requires dedicated sensors and haptic feedback components. The iPhone SE is said to be available in 16GB and 64GB storage options. Apple will launch its 4-inch phone in gold, silver, space gray, and rose gold color options.
On the other hand, the iPhone 7 is going to get rid of many of the things that we see in the iPhone 6S. For instance, Apple is doing away with the 3.5mm headphone jack to make it slimmer. It means users have to rely on Bluetooth or Lightning-compatible headphones. The iPhone 7 is expected to be just 6-6.5mm thick. Apple is also said to remove the protruding rear camera and the rear antenna bands.
Besides the usual storage options of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB, the next-gen flagship iPhone is also rumored to come with 256GB of internal storage. Leaks suggest that Apple may use SanDisk’s 256GB NAND flash memory in the iPhone 7. Here are some other unique features that the iPhone 7 would bring:
Dual-lens camera: According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch a Pro version of the iPhone 7 with a dual-lens camera system to help users capture DLSR-quality images. It can capture two different images using a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens, and then the Apple software would merge them to yield a high-quality image.
Long-distance wireless charging: Apple has reportedly joined hands with Energous to add the latter’s WattUp wireless charging technology in the iPhone 7. WattUp can charge a device from a distance of up to 15 feet. It consists of a transmitter that you can place anywhere in the room and a receiver chip placed inside your smartphone. The chip receives signals sent by the transmitter and converts them into power.
Waterproof and dustproof: Though the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were partially waterproof, Apple never marketed them as waterproof phones. Apple has been granted several patents related to the waterproofing technology, fueling speculations that the upcoming iPhone 7 could be fully waterproof and dustproof.