Sep 04, 2015 08:50 AM EDT

iPhone 7 Plus: Waterproof Plus More Features & Specs Ahead Of Release Date! [RUMORS]

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is slated to be unveiled next week to the delight of fans and loyal consumers of the Cupertino-based tech giant. However, Apple, being its usual self, has not revealed any details about its monster smartphone. Hence, the rumor mill is always updated with speculations on what the phone would look like and what specs and features the product will sport on the big reveal on Sept. 9.

The iPhone 6 Plus was less than successful than the iPhone 6, but it did manage to attract a number of consumers who have a knack for phablets. Thus, it is not surprising that Apple plans to continue its phablet series by releasing the iPhone 6S Plus/iPhone 7 Plus. Compared to its predecessors, the new Apple phablet is expected not to have a lot of changes, hardware-wise. According to PC Advisor, it will still sport a 5.5-inch display and will also sport the same design and form factor. Nevertheless, there are additions and modifications to this new iPhone that will make fans want to ditch the old one and grab the new iteration instead.

One of the things that Apple has worked on to improve its monster smartphone is the build of the device. The previous installment got a lot of backlash after several users complained of their units bending inside their pockets. So, Apple has done something to strengthen the material of the device to avoid another Bendgate controversy. Check out Unbox Therapy's detailed explanation on how Apple modified its iPhones' metallic casing below.

The iPhone 7 Plus is also expected to come with a more powerful processor, the 2GHz dual-core A9 that's said to work best with an M9 chip in making the handset more efficient.

While this is not really an essential update, Apple is said to have also tweaked the iPhone 6S/iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S Plus/iPhone 7 Plus to be waterproof. In March, a leaked patent revealed that Apple was looking for ways to make its smartphone waterproof without altering the design. Whether this feature will be present in the new iPhones or not remains to be seen.

In terms of battery life, the iPhone 7 will have better battery life, increasing the longevity of the phone, and can deliver decent juice for an entire day use thanks to its contoured battery stacks. However, MacWorld also pointed out that the batteries could be smaller than the previous generation. The new iPhones will mostly rely on the iOS 9 for improved battery life in this case.

Other things to watch out for from Apple's iPhone 7 Plus are related to the new iOS 9, which will give Siri a more proactive behavior and will provide major improvements on existing apps like Notes and Maps. There is also the addition of a News app, which, according to Herald Recorder, gives a magazine-like experience with its "big glossy visuals."

More details about the iPhone 7 Plus are arriving in the coming days, so stay tuned.

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