The media coverage of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 has been incessant, with rumors and leaks and renders of the ultra-premium device pouring in on a daily basis. And while they're certainly warranted given the flagship's impressive slate of specifications, including its 5.8-inch OLED display, advanced 3D security and augmented reality applications, new design and next-generation internals across the board, it’s worth noting that the iPhone 8 will be just one of Apple’s three iPhone models expected to touch down this fall. Apple is currently developing next-generation iPhone 7s and 7s Plus handsets to replace the iPhone 7 lineup from last year. And while they haven't received the same amount of coverage as the iPhone 8, there’s still plenty of reason to believe Apple's iPhone 7s duo will pack some serious upgrades over their predecessors.
On the following pages, we'll outline four reasons why the iPhone 7s will be superior to the iPhone 7.
4 True Tone ‘True Color’ Display
While the iPhone 8 is all but confirmed to receive the royal, edge-to-edge OLED treatment, the iPhone 7s line-up is expected to retain the same 4.7- and 5.5-inch LCD displays as their predecessors. However, worth noting is that the latter’s LCD panels are slated to receive a welcomed upgrade to True Tone display technology, according to a research note from Barclays. Per the note, a copy of which was shared with MacRumors earlier this year, the iPhone 7s devices will feature a “full spectral sensing ambient light sensor,” allowing them to omit what analysts dubbed “True Color.” The note goes on to cite that these sensors will be provided by Austrian semiconductor manufacturing firm, AMS, and will bring the color reproduction capabilities of the iPhone 7s' displays in line with that of Apple’s recently-refreshed iPad Pro models.
3 Wireless Charging
Although it was previously thought to be an iPhone 8 exclusive, a recent slip of the tongue from the CEO of one of Apple’s Far East iPhone assembly partners, Wistron, hinted that at least the iPhone 7s Plus will boast Wireless Charging capabilities. And that’s fantastic news for those who relish the thought of freedom and flexibility to charge their device on the fly without having to fumble around for a Lightning cable. While little is known about the technology Apple has chosen for the iPhone’s wireless charging feature, it’s likely to embody a Qi- or PMA-based mechanism.
2 Incredible A11 SoC
At the heart of Apple’s recent iPhone and iPad models is an A-series SoC, which provides them with their unmistakeable fluidity and seamless UI navigation — especially in comparison to rival smartphones powered by chipsets from Qualcomm. Apple’s A10 Fusion, for example, which powers the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, is a powerhouse to be reckoned with boasting a zippy, quad-core 2.34 GHz configuration coupled with a PowerVR Series 7XT six-core graphics GPU. However, the iPhone 7s devices are slated to feature an even more powerful A11 SoC; and while the exact speed and specifications of the next-gen CPU remain under wraps, if history is any indication, the A11 will trump the A10 by leaps and bounds.
1 Improved Cameras
While they’re likely not going to rival the revolutionary new 3D/AR-based camera technology destined for the iPhone 8, if history is again an indication, Apple will upgrade the iPhone 7s’ and 7s Plus’ camera hardware (and software) to include a bounty of new features and capabilities. That claim was backed up by a report from the Japanese blog, Mac Otakara, who earlier this year hinted that Apple's entire line of 2017 iPhone models will feature revamped camera hardware. So prospective buyers of the iPhone 7s or 7s Plus, in particular, still have plenty of reason to be hopeful for an amped-up photography experience.