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July 28, 2016

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: What’s the rumoured difference?

by John_A

Apple is rumoured to be announcing three smartphones in September. Yes you did read that right, we said three.

They are going by the names iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro, although they have also been called iPhone 6SE, 6SE Plus and 6SE Pro, and they are said to be hitting shelves on 16 September.

Whether we will see all three actually arrive is anyone’s guess, but if they do, here is how they could compare, based on the speculation.

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: Design

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are said to be following a similar design to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus rather than seeing a revamp.

It has been claimed the headphone jack might disappear though and the antenna bands across the rear will move to just the top and bottom for a more seamless look. It has also been said the Home button may evolve to being a Force Touch capacitive component.

The iPhone 7 Pro is expected to follow a similar design path to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but with the addition of a dual-camera setup and Smart Connector, the latter of which is found on the iPad Pro line. It is also thought to be the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apart from physical size, the leaked images suggest the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be identical to each other in appearance, as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are. It’s been claimed the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro will measure 7.3mm slim, which is the same as the current iPhone 6S Plus, while the iPhone 7 is said to measure 7.2mm.

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: Display

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are thought to be sticking with the same size displays meaning 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, respectively. The iPhone 7 Pro is thought to adopt the 5.5-inch size.

Rumour has it Apple will switch to OLED over IPS LCD for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus though, and it is thought the screen resolution will increase to Quad HD. If this is the case, the iPhone 7 Plus would offer a pixel density of 543ppi, while the iPhone 7 should be lovely and sharp at 624ppi.

There have been no rumours relating to the iPhone 7 Pro’s display but it would be surprising to see it not get the same technology as the other two devices, if not more advanced, such as Apple Pencil compatibility.

It’s probably safe to assume we will see Apple’s force touch technology – 3D Touch – on all three models.

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: Cameras

There haven’t been too many rumours surrounding the resolution of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus’s cameras, but as last year saw a bump in megapixels, it’s thought the sensor may stay the same as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

If that’s the case, no doubt there will some extra features and improvements, but we can expect a 12-megapixel rear snapper, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera and Retina Flash.

The iPhone 7 Pro is said to be coming with a dual-lens rear camera, distinguishing it from the other two devices. There has been no word on how it might work, or what the setup might be, but if the rumours are true, we’d expect some extra features on the Pro not offered on the other two devices.

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: Hardware

Rumours are a little vague when it comes to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro’s hardware, except the inclusion of the Smart Connector for the Pro.

The Smart Connector would allow for the transfer of both data and power at the same time, as it does for the iPad Pro range, and if it appears, it will probably mean the Pro will be compatible with accessories like the Smart Keyboard.

It is thought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will both have the A10 processor on board and the iPhone 7 Plus is said to be coming with 3GB or RAM, which we’d also expect for the Pro, if not more.

Other rumours have suggested Apple will start storage options at 32GB this time round, and it is also thought there will be a 256GB option, like the company offers on its iPad Pro range. It’s not currently clear if that 256GB model will only be available for the Pro, or across the iPhone 7 line up.

In terms of battery, the iPhone 7 Plus is said to be coming with a 3100mAh capacity so we’d expect the same, if not bigger for the Pro, and slightly smaller for the standard iPhone 7.

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: Software

All three iPhone 7 models, if they all appear, will no doubt debut on iOS 10. There are several new features and functions in the new software, all of which you can read about in our iOS 10 feature.

If the iPhone 7 Pro does appear, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a couple of extra software functions over the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus relating to its hardware, but at the moment, it’s a wait and see game.

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: Conclusion

Currently, it’s unclear if the iPhone 7 Pro is the stuff of fantasies, or a reality. It looks like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be similar in terms of design and performance, based on the leaks, aside from a larger battery, perhaps more RAM and maybe extra camera features like OIS again.

Based on the leaks, it seems the iPhone 7 Pro will distinguish itself with a dual-camera and the addition of the Smart Connector. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some performance enhancements too though, if it appears at all.

It’s a guessing game at the moment, but we will update this feature as soon as any more leaks appear, or anything official is announced. You can read all about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus rumours in our dedicated feature, as well as the iPhone 7 Pro rumours in our separate feature.

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