July 2016 iPhone Rumors Judged
This is the seventh 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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- February post
- March post
- April post
- May post
- June post
- July post
- August post
- September post
Overall Score: 6/11
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.
Verdict: Correct, totally nailed it!
One of the clearest shots of Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 case has been posted over on French site Nowhereelse.fr this morning.
Verdict: Correct, that's totally a gold iPhone 7.
Verdict: Wrong, although this is just more evidence to me that Apple was close to going with an iPhone with a smart connector and decided not to at a relatively late date.
Verdict: Correct, the iPhone 7 has exactly a 1,960 mAh battery.
Verdict: Wrong, but only because this was a space gray phone, which Apple did not manufacure.
The iPhone 7 Pro features a dual-lens camera and a Smart Connector, while the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7 feature single-lens cameras and no Smart Connector. Early rumors did indeed suggest Apple was working on two versions of the 5.5-inch iPhone for release in 2016, but those rumors were later retracted and information has solidified around a single 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera.
Verdict: Wrong, oh so wrong! The iPhone 7 in these images looks correct, but both Plus-sizd phones are wrong.
Verdict: Wrong, since these are not leaks, they are mock ups created by some random person. They're close, but they're certainly not part leaks.
- No 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dual-lens camera for iPhone 7 Plus
- 3GB of RAM for iPhone 7 Plus
- Touch-sensitive home button
- Improved waterproofing
- Stereo speakers
- A new darker color
- Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter
Verdict: Correct! Every single one of those points is correct, although the image in the post is not quite exactly on with the look of the Plus phones.
Apple's iPhone 7 may not include a physical home button, instead adopting a touch-sensitive "3D Touch" home button, reports Mac Otakara. Such a home button would be flush with the body of the iPhone and would not actually depress when a finger is placed on it.
Verdict: Correct! Although Apple never called the button "3D Touch" it does detect pressure, so I'll allow this.
Verdict: Correct! Yup, that's exactly what Apple shipped in the box.