Since 2007, the world has been anticipating the release of the newest Apple smartphone devices. The year 2015 was no exception to this, as people quickly began purchasing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. And those buyers were truly excited about their purchases.
But it seemed like they were barely pulling out of the parking lot with their new smartphones when rumors began flying about the upcoming iPhone 7. Yes, the next Apple product is already in the works, and we’ll tell you what we’ve heard so far.
There is likely to be both an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus released in 2016. The devices figure to have the 3D Touch feature, which began in the iPhone 6s. In 3D Touch, the screen senses multiple touches of the user’s fingers, along with the level of pressure being applied. The 3D Touch element was one of the highlights of the 6s’s release in 2015, and the 7 figures to be no different.
Release date of the iPhone 7 figures to be in September 2016. There are always reports of seeing them moved up to June, but Apple has consistently released their products in September. The 6s costs $649 while the 6s Plus is priced at $749, so any new model looks to be in that range if not higher.
Reports on the new iPhone 7 say it will be slimmer and waterproof, and feature wireless charging. The expected new design of the phone will feature a strengthened, water-resistant frame with new compound materials in the casing.
According to Business Insider, Apple has filed for a patent that says iPhone ports could be covered with a “self-healing elastomer.” The ports would be covered with membranes that a headphone or connector could get through, but would reseal after it is removed.
But the early news that has the most people stirred up comes from a Fast Company story, which says the phone will become thinner by eliminating the headphone jack. Fast Company’s source says Apple may not include Lightning EarPods with their new product, but sell Lightning-connected headphones separately.
According to 9to5 Mac, the company is working on Beats headphones that connect to a phone through bluetooth and are cordless. Those headphones ship separately because comparable models run about $300.
Meanwhile, a petition began early in 2016 from people who want Apple to keep the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. Information from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities tells us the iPhone 7’s weight will come in at between 6mm and 6.5mm thick after the jack’s elimination.
Also, size matters. The iPhone 6 and 6s have a 4.7 inch display, and the 6 Plus and 6s Plus display is 5.5 inches. Apple is likely to stick to the same dimensions with its next device, but look for added RAM, more storage space, and a larger battery. The iPhone 7 also looks to have a stronger six-core processor, known as the A10.
CNET notes that there is a strong rumor about a sapphire display coming in the next model, featuring improved scratch and shatter resistance. And since the camera for the 6s Plus has optical image stability capabilities for taking better photos in low lights, the new 7 may feature the same if not better.
We’ll keep you updated with reports and information on all new company devices as we receive it.