Don’t expect your iPhone 7 to be much faster than iPhone 6s

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Gaming on iPhone won't change much over the next 12 months.
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This year’s iPhone upgrade won’t bring a new design, a sharper OLED display, or wireless charging. It probably won’t bring any significant improvement in performance over the iPhone 6s, either, according to these early A10 processor benchmarks.

Apple chipmaker will spend $2.2 billion to gain edge over rivals

Apple chips are getting EMI shielding.
TSMC may have won the A10 battle, but it also wants to win the war.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may have reportedly scored Apple’s A-series orders for the next-gen iPhone 7, but with plenty of rivals on its tail it’s not shying away from putting in the work (and, more importantly, the cash) to ensure it stays Apple’s chipmaker of note.

According to TSMC’s co-CEO Mark Liu, this means spending a massive, record-setting $2.2 billion on R&D this year; a significantly higher figure than the $1.067 it spend researching new processes last year.

iPhone 7 might kill two of iPhone 6s’ worst design flaws

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It's convincing, but is it real?
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This year’s iPhone upgrade probably won’t be a spectacular one, but it could kill two of our biggest design complaints with the latest models.

An iPhone 7 dummy unit promises more discreet antenna bands that are nowhere near as ugly, and a flush camera lens. It also reignites hopes of a Smart Connector.