August 2016 iPhone Rumors Judged
This is the eigth in a multi-part series of posts looking back on the iPhone rumors from last year. I am doing this review to put this year's rumors into perspective. With the wisdom of hindsight, maybe we can look back on how last year's rumors shook out and see if that colors our view of the rumor season we're in now. At the very least this will be a fun trip down Apple rumor memory lane.
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Overall Score: 12/16
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has twice claimed the next 5.5-inch iPhone, tentatively referred to as the iPhone 7 Plus, will carry 3GB of RAM for improved performance, and now DigiTimes echoes that in a new report.
Verdict: Correct! The iPhone 7 Plus shipped with 3GB RAM.
Verdict: Correct. Watch the video and see what you think. This may or many not technically be an iPhone 7, but it at least looks exactly like the one that shipped a few feeks later.
Verdict: Correct, that's definitely an iPhone 7.
The panel looks distinctly different than the front panel of the iPhone 6s, with a longer and wider earpiece that's closer in proximity to the camera cutout and two sensor cutouts towards the top of the device.
Verdict: Wrong! That earpiece is far larger than what the iPhone actually used.
Today, MobileFun posted a video of a working pair of Lightning EarPods, and the overall look of the accessory appears more in line with Apple's design than any of the previous leaks.
Verdict: Correct…I think. Those sure look like the real deal.
Verdict: Wrong. Sigh, stop tying to make 3 phones happen, it's not going to happen!
Verdict: Correct, although again this is just another confirmation of a long-running rumor.
Verdict: Partially correct. This is one that's a little hard to judge. The body on both of these phones looks correct, but the golod coloring used is not the gold Apple actually used. I suspect these are mockups and not part leaks.
Verdict: Partially correct. This is a mockup and not a part leak, but it does pretty much nail the matte black color. Sadly, this also includes a smart connector on the back.
Alongside an image of an iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 logic board comparison that does not seem to divulge any clear info to confirm the rumor, The Malignant says the iPhone 7 will feature "at least" five volt two amp charging.
Verdict: Wrong, the iPhone 7 charges just as fast as the iPhones that preceeded it.
The new report nixes the chance for an additional third tier "iPhone 7 Pro," which was a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens "iPhone 7 Plus" early in the rumor cycle. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn't pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the well-known "Plus" moniker for its next-generation 5.5-inch dual-lens iPhone, and drop any reference to "Pro" altogether.
DigiTimes, citing industry sources, is the latest to claim the iPhone 7 will feature up to 256GB of storage, corroborating previous reports from Chinese website MyDrivers and Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.
A new leaked image of the iPhone 7's rear camera module has been posted online today (via Nowhereelse.fr), bringing with it more concrete evidence that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will include optical image stabilization alongside its various other camera improvements.
Verdict: Correct! This is the first mention I can find of anything mentioning the Jet Black iPhone.
A photo claiming to show a specification sheet for a 256GB-capacity iPhone 7 Plus has been circulating online today.