Apple iPhone 7 launch event: what to expect and how to watch it

Apple's iPhone 7 launch event will be taking place at 6PM BST tomorrow and apart from two new iPhones, Apple may also launch a new Apple Watch.

Here's our take on all the new features Apple will announce with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones tomorrow.

If iPhone 6s disappointed you, it was bound to since it was designed as per Apple's traditional upgrade process. While iPhones launching every alternate year feature fresh design changes and introduce new features, the 's' models make the features more powerful and tidy up the iPhones to make them competitive with the changing times.

With iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple is entering another cycle of significant technology upgrades over existing iPhones. The company may also be planning on upping its dominance in the wearables market by launching an Apple Watch 2 which, as per KGI, will feature significant internal improvements but minimal design changes.

What to expect

A fresh leak from KGI has suddenly made analysts sit up and take notice of what iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will bring to the plate. While some of the details had already leaked to the press earlier, the new ones now make it easier for us to stitch them all up together and give you an idea on what the new iPhones will be capable of.

To begin with, like all new iPhones, iPhone 7 will feature a new-generation A10 chip. According to KGI, the chip will clock as high as 2.4GHz of power and will be much more powerful than the existing A9 chip. A stronger chip will mean quicker loading time for the cameras, quick switching between apps, no lags in real-time HD gaming and removing all those tiny performance hiccups that iPhone 6s users faced.

Apple may also replace Qualcomm's MDM9635 LTE modem chips with Intel's LTE chips in the new iPhones. While Qualcomm's chips support download and upload speeds of 300 Mbps and 50 Mbps, Intel's new  Intel® XMM™ 7360 LTE Advanced chip, which is the most likely candidate, will offer "support for up to Category 10 and download speeds up to 450 Mbps."

In terms of design, a number of analysts have predicted that iPhone 7 will bring little to the plate and could thus be a major failure, given that Samsung, Huawei and LG have been transforming the design factors in their phones. At the surface, iPhone 7 seems to be similar-sized as existing iPhones and featuring redesigned antenna lines. However, leaks claim that iPhone 7  and iPhone 7 Plus will be Apple's first truly waterproof phones with IPX7 rating which means that if you dip the phones in one meter of water for 30 minutes, the phones will still survive to tell the tale. For many users, a waterproof iPhone will be more useful than a beautiful one without the feature.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus

Apple is expected to do away with 3.5mm headphone jacks in its upcoming iPhones. Instead, the company will supply wireless Bluetooth earpods named 'AirPods' which will possess an advanced technology to last longer than other wireless Bluetooth earphones. The technology, created by Passif Semiconductor- a firm which Apple acquired in 2013, With Passif's Bluetooth chip technologies, Apple's upcoming wireless earbuds will probably feature battery lives that will be long enough to enable regular day-to-day usage.

Apple may also do away with 16GB storage models and iPhone 7 will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 256GB storage variants. By basically keeping the base storage at 32GB, Apple will ensure that users won't feel the lack of a MicroSD slot in iPhone 7. At the same time, the 256GB variant will let you pack in as much stuff as you would otherwise store in you MacBook.

KGI adds that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature dual rear wide-angle and telephoto cameras like LG G5, Huawei P9 and the just-launched Honor 8. Each of these cameras will feature 12-MP resolutions and apart from enabling optical zoom and light field camera applications, will also feature Optical Image Stabilisation. Both new iPhones will also come with 4 LED flashes for better True Tone image results.

As far as the upcoming Apple Watch 2 is concerned, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed back in April that Apple Watch 2 may bring in substantial internal upgrades but design changes will be incremental. He added that while Apple could sell 10.6 million watches in 2015, it will sell only 7.5 million units this year as the wearables market is still 'immature.' The Apple Watch, like iPhones, may feature design changes every two years and every alternate 's' model will feature only internal upgrades.

Apple's watchOS 3, which will power Apple Watch 2, has introduced a new Control Centre which will let you slide up from the bottom of the watch face to view helpful information like battery status, airplane mode, Wi-Fi connectivity and a few others. By sliding down from the top of the watch face, you will also be able to respond to messages through smart replies. A new feature named Scribble makes it easy to type messages as well.

How to watch

Apple's launch event will take place at Cupertino in California at 10 AM Eastern time. Since it's an invite-only event, you can only watch it online on you Apple devices and some others. In the UK, the event can be viewed at 6PM tomorrow on the Safari web browser in iPhones, iPads and Mac devices running OS X 10.8.5 or later versions.

If you own a Windows 10 PC or laptop, you can watch the event live on Apple's website on the Edge browser but older Windows browsers like Internet Explorer may not be supported.

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