Well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass had yesterday predicted which week of September Apple will announce its 2016 flagships – “Sonora” and “Dos Palos”.
Evan Blass tweeted what he says are the codename of two 2016 iPhone models. The internal codenames for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were “N71” and “N66”, respectively. The lack of a third codename in the tweet indicates that there going to be only two models set for launch this year. Both names are small towns in California. Blass, who has accurately leaked images and details about unreleased smartphones (mostly android) on Twitter in the past, tweeted today with a simple: “iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th.”
Aside from the removal of the headphone jack and some improvement in the camera lens, this year’s Apple flagship smartphones are widely expected not to feature major design changes. Apple is said to be deviating from its standard year by year upgrade cycle in order to introduce major new features in next year’s 10th anniversary “iPhone 8” which may take time to develop. According to the hints, while the larger 5.5-inch model may likely be gaining a dual-lens camera and 3GB of RAM, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is expected to get an improved camera features like optical image stabilization.
Other possible features in this year’s apple flagship according to rumours include a faster TSMC-made Apple A10 processor. In contrary to the split production of the A9 processor between Samsung and TSMC used in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple decision to revert back to TSMC as a single supplier. According to a recent report from Taiwan’s Commercial Times, backed by a separate research report from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, TSMC may have won sole production rights on the A10 chip to be used in the next-generation iPhone 7. Rumors, have it that the switch back could have been motivated by advanced device packaging techniques offered by TSMC that may not have equivalents in Samsung’s packaging offerings.
Also a minimum 32GB of base storage is expected. This will mean that Apple will finally be replacing the infamous 16GB base tier offered since the iPhone 3GS. A larger 256GB model may also be included in the shopinglist.
“The new iPhones are expected to have more storage for those photos. Instead of 16GB as a starting point for the entry-level iPhone, the new starting point will be 32GB, according to a person familiar with Apple’s iPhone plans. Hallelujah! I’ve long said that keeping the 16GB iPhone was just a ploy for Apple to get people to buy the 64GB model—for $100 extra.”