September 2016 iPhone Rumors Judged

Posted by Matt Birchler
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This is the nineth and final part 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.

September 2016

Overall Score: 1/2

Sep 6 - iPhone 7 to Include Five Colors, IPX7 Water Resistance, Dual 12MP Cameras on Plus Model

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a very solid track record when it comes to Apple product rumors, has released his most detailed research report yet ahead of Wednesday's iPhone 7 launch. The report recaps a number of claims previously shared by Kuo and others while also introducing several new tidbits about the device.
  • New A10 chip
  • 32 GB, 128GB, and 256 GB options
  • 5 colors
  • Improved IPX7 water resistance
  • No headphone jack
  • Earpiece receiver to become a speaker
  • Pressure-sensitive click-less home button
  • Wide color displays
  • Dual-lens rear camera on the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Upgraded rear camera
  • Possible upgraded proximity sensor
  • FeliCa NFC support

Verdict: Mostly correct. The only sticking point is the upgraded proximity sensor (correct me if Apple did actually talk about this getting better).

Sep 6 - iPhone 7 Series Said to Feature 60FPS 4K Video Recording Capability

The blog offers no photos to back up its claims about the upcoming iPhone 7, so the following should be taken with a liberal dose of salt, but the writer reckons the smaller handset will be capable of recording 4K video at a smoother 60 frames per second, in contrast to the 30fps 4K recording found on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (60fps is limited to 1080p resolution video on both devices).

Verdict: Wrong!

And no rundown of iPhone leaks would be complete without mentioning that Apple's own Twitter account leaked the iPhone 7 before they debuted it on stage. Ah, yet more proof that scheduling posts, emails, or tweets is something that has a shockingly high failure rate.