Updated 03:30 PM EDT, Mon, Aug 03, 2020

iPhone 7 Release Date, Specs, Features & Price: Is This The New iPhone? [Rumors]

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The most recent reports centered on Apple's next iPhone have claimed many different things. For one, we've heard that the Cupertino giant is halving its annual release cycle, giving birth to two new iPhones in 2015. These, reportedly, are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

But then again, rumor mills churned differently, with claims pointing to the arrival of three more iPhone 6 iterations: the iPhone 6s, a refresh of the standard 4.7-inch flagship; the iPhone 6s Plus, a refresh of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus; and the 4-inch iPhone 6c, a refresh of the "flopped" iPhone 5c. The iPhone 7, instead, is touted to launch next year.

Prospects of a 4-inch iPhone may have rejoiced at such information, but if we are to consider the latest surfacing details, the course of the winds are changing.

Apparently, KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, renowned Apple tipster, has predicted that the Cupertino giant will head straight to the iPhone 7.

Interestingly, the information sprang just around the time when reports about Samsung's associations with Apple went viral. As reported, people with "direct knowledge of the matter" claimed that Samsung will manufacture the next iPhone's main chip -- the long-anticipated A9 processor.

Production is noted to begin at the company's Giheung plant in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Kuo is convinced that Apple will still push for future 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, MacRumors reported. A 4-inch variant, however, is said to be unlikely, at least for this year.

According to ValueWalk, the new iPhone is believed to sport a capacitive Force Touch sensor, a similar technology seen in the Apple Watch. The outlet took note of Kuo's remarks, who said, "We believe that iPhone's Force Touch sensor doesn't directly detect the pressure applied by fingers."

"Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is," the analyst went on.

Kuo sees two possible structural designs for the next iPhone's Force Touch. First, the sensor may be placed "between the cover lens and the In-cell touch panel." Another option settles it "under the In-cell touch panel's backlight."

The analyst concluded, "Our understanding of the technology is that producing a transparent Force Touch sensor is more difficult, so the chances are the new iPhone this year will opt for the second position."

Speculated to retail for at least $649, the iPhone 7 is rumored to pack a bezel-free display, a sapphire screen-alternative, sidewall displays, a DSLR-like camera, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB starting storage and wireless charging support.

The device is also touted to sport waterproofing abilities.

What do you want to see in the next iPhone?

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