iPhone 7 Spotted in Video; Apple A10 Chip Hits Geekbench: Reports

iPhone 7 Spotted in Video; Apple A10 Chip Hits Geekbench: Reports
Highlights
  • The iPhone 7 will come without the 3.5mm audio jack
  • The A10 chipset offers single core performance
  • The iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled in September

Apple has been subjected to a host of leaks surrounding its upcoming iPhone 7, and the latest information is about its rumoured A10 chip. Additionally, there is also a video leak showing the back and the bottom of the smartphone.

Beginning with the video, it was spotted first on Weibo (via Techtastic.nl), and gives a very clear look at all the changes on the iPhone 7. The antenna bands are seen shifted to the edges, and the protective camera ring surrounding the lens can be noticed clearly too. The bottom of the device shows two speaker grilles on both the sides of the Lightning port, and there is no sign of the 3.5mm audio jack. This pretty much confirms that the new audio input on the iPhone 7 will have to be either from the Lightning port, or through a wireless Bluetooth device.

A separate leak through Geekbench (via Techtastic) gives more details on the anticipated Apple A10 chipset. It seems that the performance score of the A10 is approximately 18 percent higher than the A9 processor seen on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Furthermore, it dons a similar dual-core chip with single core performance seen on its predecessor. The performance score is no doubt mighty, but not as significant as one would expect. Notably, the score lift from A8 to A9 was about 50 percent.

The A10 chip is expected to be built in a new fan out method that will reduce the size of the processor making room for battery life and a possible slimmer smartphone. The iPhone 7 is expected to come with a 1960mAh battery, a slight jump from the 1750mAh battery seen on the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 7 is expected to offer new storage options, come with a Force Touch Home Button, and possibly be water resistant. The large iPhone 7 Plus is expected to see a bump to 3GB RAM to accommodate the dual camera setup and Smart Connector at the back.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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