I just think Canon missed an opportunity to tell their customers, potential customers, and those who might potentially jump ship (or at least stop waiting on Canon) for better DR that they have heard the message, have actually responded, and are now demonstrating that they, too, have the capacity to catapult their sensor technology into the 2010's. They missed it. Not are going to miss it, but missed it.
Past tense? It's not even announced yet! Maybe you're right, maybe not. At this point, it's still a rumor.
The specs were confirmed, though. I mean...it's what the title says:
"Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed"
As I replied to Don...I find it to be completely illogical to think that the 20.2mp sensor is somehow new. With these confirmed specs, I see no evidence to suggest any alternative: It's the 70D sensor. It's Canon doing the Canon thing...reusing parts. Being cheap.
Anyway..."confirmed"...means something rather specific to me.
Context - it's a "rumors" site.
Just for keeping things factual, every 18MP sensor Canon has made has had a different part number. Yes, they all perform similarly, but not the same. I would virtually guarantee that this one will have a new part number. Even if it does perform the same, that doesn't mean the off-sensor A-to-D will perform the same. In fact, it's almost certainly different just to keep up with the higher frame rate. And that might mean it performs differently. Finally what if it has some version of the Magic Lantern dual-ISO trick built in? That provides a substantial DR improvement even on the exact same sensor.
So, you're making an assumption. A series of them in fact. Those assumptions might be logical but that doesn't make them necessarily accurate. Let's wait until announcement and testing before putting such "conclusions" into the past tense.