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iPhone 7 Release Date & Price: A10-Powered Apple Flagship to Pack These Specs & Features? [Rumors]

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A new report surfaced about Apple's rumored iPhone 7.

IDigitalTimes reported from Weibo that the tech giant's next iPhone will be powered by an A10 chip with a powerful six-core processor, a significant improvement over the iPhone 6S' dual-core processing chip. Apple has remained with the dual-core processor since the A5 chip under the iPhone 4S' hood.

According to iDigitalTimes, multi-core processors allow devices to process more data and commands at the same time. However, "the performance efficiency of a multi-core chip also depends on how well the iPhone 7 software balances speed and battery life, something that Apple has always done well in the past," the news outlet further wrote.

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is said to start manufacturing Apple's A10 chipset as early as March 2016, iDigitalTimes noted. There are also speculations that the A10 chipset will be as small as 10nm.

Aside from the hexa-core A10 processor, the iPhone 7 will have new tech, such as "Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device," "which effectively flips the phone in mid-air to prevent it from falling face-down, minimizing the odds of damaging the screen," the news outlet added.

iPhone 7 Other Specs

This month, Techno Buffalo reported about an iPhone 7 concept video from SCAVidsHD. The design features extreme changes for the smartphone, such as the elimination of the Home button, the Lightning port substituted for a USB-C port, and a centered rear camera. However, the mostly metal design is still present in the design.

Other features included in SCAVidsHD's design is a 2K display, wireless charging with an Apple-branded charging puck, a front-facing speaker at the top-center of the device, an 8MP front-facing camera, and more, Techno Buffalo listed.

Patently Apple also reported about what seems to be a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple from The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to the news outlet, Apple's patent grant, which is called Headset D-Shaped Connector (patent no. US009142925), is for "connector plugs and jacks and in particular to an audio connector plug and jack that can be used in place of a standard low profile plug and electronic devices using low profile plug receptacles."

The patent thins the headphone jack by making one side flat, removing the remaining millimeters available for something else, the news outlet noted. With this, the iPhone 7 could only be 6mm thick.

iPhone 7 Release Date & Price

PC Advisor claimed that the iPhone 7 will likely be released on Sept. 13, 2016, or the second Tuesday of the month. The iPhone is estimated to have a price tag of $819 for the 16GB variant, $940 for the 64GB, and $1061 for the 128GB.

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