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iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 Release Dates, Rumors and Specs: 12 Mega-Pixel Camera Possible

( [email protected] ) May 16, 2015 01:22 AM EDT
Apple's iPhone 7 release date may be coming this fall, according to rumors. Meanwhile, specs for the new iPhone remain a subject of gossip amongst Apple watchers. In the sections below, we will explore the latest updates so far.

Apple's iPhone 7 release date may be coming this fall, according to rumors. Meanwhile, specs for the new iPhone remain a subject of gossip amongst Apple watchers. In the sections below, we will explore the latest updates so far.

iPhone 7 May Launch This September

Though the iPhone 7 release date has not been confirmed, it is possible the device will follow a similar launch cycle as its predecessors. Hence, the iPhone 7 may start hitting shelves in September 2015. Both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 series launched in the same month.

Meanwhile, there has been some debate whether the iPhone 7 will actually be called iPhone 6S. However, Apple has not been consistent with its naming conventions. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched simultaneously in 2014, while the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C debuted the same day in 2013. .

It is impossible to say what name Apple will ultimately use for the iPhone 7. In fact, the device exists only in the overactive imagination of the rumor mill. So, all rumors will need to be taken with a grain of salt.

12 Mega-Pixel Camera Possible

Recently, Mac Rumors reported on a leak from Kevin King - director of IHS Technology Research for China. The tech observer claimed on Weibo that the next iPhone will feature a 12 megapixel camera. His prediction was echoed earlier by well-regarded KGI security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

King also stated that the device's increased megapixel will be negated by smaller pixels in the camera. Oddly, he referred to the fabled device as the iPhone 6S instead of the iPhone 7.

There have been some claims that iPhone 7 will have 21-megapixels. This assessment seems erroneous since Apple tend to favor cameras with less megapixels. Previous iPhone models featured 8-megapixel rear cameras.  Given Apple's track record and the recent testimony from two experts, the iPhone 7 may have a 12 megapixel rear camera instead.

Touch ID May Be Installed Into the Display

Apple recently filed a patent for hardware that places the Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath the display. All current iPhone devices have the Touch ID sensor situated beneath the Home button. Theoretically, it is possible to enlarge the display without having to increase the size of the device.

Rumors suggest that Apple may incorporate this technology. Even so, it is uncertain whether the new Touch ID is ready for mass production. Apple may decide to reserve this feature for iPhones developed after iPhone 7.