Apple to (no surprise) start mass producing the iPhone 7 in the third quarter of 2016

Apple will start mass producing its iPhone 7 in the third quarter of 2016 (no surprise), reports Tech News citing Kuo Ming-Chi, an analyst at Taipei-based KGI Securities. Kuo has accurately predicted details of Apple's product launches before.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) may become the exclusive supplier for iPhone 7's A10 processors, adds Tech News (as noted by, a global investment newswire). Apple is likely to use TSMC as the sole supplier for its new smartphone's processors after iPhone 6s buyers complained the Samsung-made A9 processor consumes more energy than the version produced by TSMC, the article adds.

Pegatron, which takes nearly 40 percent of iPhone 6 assembly orders, said its demand for workers fell from the July-to-September level, raising concerns of slowing iPhone 6 sales. Tech News says Hon Hai has a "high chance" to become the sole assembler of the upgraded iPhone 6, which is estimated by Kuo to ship between 20 million to 30 million units next year.

The analyst thinks the the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch display will pack 2GB of memory, while the 5.5-inch model will use 3GB. What about other iPhone 7 rumors?

Macworld UK says that the iPhone 7 is likely to get a substantial physical redesign after the largely identical iPhone 6/6s generations. The article says it's too early to know what direction Apple will pick, but it's likely to be thinner than ever. Macworld UK also predicts that:

  • Battery life in the iPhone 7 may be a little better than in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  • Higher screen resolution is a possibility.
  • A harder screen material is likely, “whether Apple manages to resurrect the sapphire situation or goes with Corning's new Project Phire.”
  • 16GB will surely be phased out as the lowest storage offering. 
  • The iPhone 7 could get a USB-C port, like the new 12-inch MacBook.

Apple’s next iPhone chip may come with up to six cores, up from the two cores in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to the  Chinese social networking site Weibo. More processor cores should make it easier for the Apple smartphone to handle more data and commands simultaneously.

One rumor out of the Asian supply chain has said Apple will switch to glass-on-glass touch panels for the iPhone 7, potentially allowing for an edge-to-edge display. Other rumors predict a waterproof design, wireless charging, elimination of the Home button, a 3D screen, and/or a curved display.

(The fanciful iPhone mock-ups in this article are courtesy of Web Design Co.)