With the iPhone 7 (or whatever it ends up being called) set to be launched next week, we already know a lot about Apple’s new phone. The iPhone 7 will largely look the same as the iPhone 6s with tweaked antenna lines and new cameras (dual cameras on the larger 5.5 inch phone). It also seems like Apple is preparing to add a new color option to the lineup, a ‘Space Black’ color variant.
A photo from Macotakara suggests that Apple will not be replacing the Space Grey color but instead add a glossy ‘Space Black’ shade as an additional color option. This would mean Apple would sell a total of five different coloured iPhone 7 units.
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The Space Black color is described as a similar look to the ‘new’ (2013) Mac Pro or the Space Black Apple Watch. This is a black metal far darker than Space Grey with a glossy finish. The iPhone 5 came in a Slate shade but this would be darker than that, if the rumors come to fruition. The depicted SIM trays in the photo also indicate that the matte ‘Space Grey’ variant will be somewhat darker than what is seen with the iPhone 6s, but this is hard to discern due to lighting conditions and poor image quality.
The Macotakara article also says that both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature optical image stabilization: this is a change from the current lineup where only the larger phone gets OIS. The CMOS sensor will also be getting larger with the new phone, going from 1/3.2 inch to 1/3.06 inches.
Here’s all the purported iPhone 7 SIM trays side-by-side: Space Black, Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Gold.
As reported by many other sources, the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus will also be getting a major camera upgrade. It will feature a dual-camera sensor system where the information from each lens is joined together in software to create a detailed final image. It may also enable optical zoom for the first time in an iPhone.
The iPhone 7 is going to be unveiled in a week’s time on September 7 at a press event in San Francisco. Keep tuned to 9to5Mac as we bring live coverage of all the announcements as they happen.