The iPhone 7 Plus could go back to black, and pack plenty of power

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We’re now just a couple of days away from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch, and despite months of leaks and rumors we’re still hearing new things about the handsets.

For starters, you can look forward to loads of power from the iPhone 7 Plus – this was widely anticipated, and the predictions are now backed up by a benchmark. A Geekbench listing for the ‘iPhone 9,3’, which is theorized by MyDrivers to be the 7 Plus, shows a single-core score of 3379 and a multi-core result of 5495.

To put that into perspective, the iPhone 6S Plus achieved an average single-core score of 2491 and an average multi-core result of 4309 in our own tests, so the new phone sounds like a big improvement.

According to the listing the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-core processor, rather than the hexa-core one that was once rumored, and just 2GB of RAM, despite 3GB having been attached to it in the past.

But the results here are actually higher than the 3042 single-core and 5210 multi-core score a handset believed to be the standard iPhone 7 was benchmarked with a couple of weeks ago. Still, if any of these scores are accurate both of Apple’s new phones should be seriously powerful.

Shades of black

And that’s not the only iPhone news today, as leaked stickers, supposedly taken from iPhone 7 prototypes, have been shared on Twitter by @the_malignant, listing both ‘piano black’ and ‘dark black’ colors.

It seems one of them will be glossy while the other will be matt, giving fans of darker shades two alternatives to the space gray color.

These new shades were separately rumored over the weekend and prior to that we’d heard whispers of a ‘space black’ option being added, so it seems likely that some form of black is going to be included in the iPhone 7 mix.

The stickers also list both 128GB and 256GB sizes, which are heavily rumored to be replacing the 64GB and 128GB iPhone options currently available, while 32GB is thought to be slotting in at the bottom, in place of 16GB.

  • We’ll know for sure soon, as Apple is taking the wraps of its new handsets on September 7.

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