If the last five years are anything to go by, we’ll probably see a new iPhone release this September, and it’s likely to be called the iPhone 7.
iPhone 7 rumors started emerging even before the iPhone 6s was released last September.
Several other rumors have surfaced since then, and there have been a few fresh ones recently about a special new kind of camera in the iPhone 7 Plus.
Want to know the latest? Here’s everything we’re hearing about the iPhone 7.
It’ll probably be called the iPhone 7.
Based on Apple’s historical nomenclature for its iPhone generations, it’s likely the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 7. Every two years, Apple has used consecutive numbers to name its new iPhone generations ever since the iPhone 3G. The next generation was called the iPhone 4, then 5, and most recently, 6, with “S” editions every in-between year. So, this year should be the year of the iPhone 7.
There will be two different models with different screen sizes.
We’ll likely see the standard iPhone 7 with the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone 6s and an iPhone 7 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen like the iPhone 6s Plus.
It’s unlikely that Apple would take away one of its two iPhones with different screen sizes.
It’ll look a lot like the iPhone 6/6s
So far, rumors indicate that the iPhone 7 won’t look that much different than the iPhone 6 and 6s.
According to 9to5Mac, the “iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions.” Those exceptions include a flat camera module compared to the bulging camera that’s currently sticking out of the iPhone 6 generation, and redesigned antenna bands.
Indeed, case leaks posted by notorious French gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer on his site Nowhereelse.fr shows cases allegedly designed for the iPhone 7, which look a lot like cases designed for the iPhone 6 generation. And a recent prediction spotted by MacRumors from Ming Chi-Kuo also suggests the iPhone 7 won’t look all that different from the iPhone 6 generation.
The design will be thinner.
The iPhone 7 could be even thinner than the iPhone 6s, according to Fast Company.
One of the main supposed reasons that Apple is ditching the headphone jack is to make the iPhone thinner, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 7 is thinner for the sake of thinness.
There’s a new dual-lens camera, but it might be exclusive to the bigger iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 7 Plus might come with a dual-lens camera, according to a report by notorious Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities obtained by MacRumors, but it’s unclear if only the bigger model will have the new camera architecture.
Leaked images apparently showing a dual lens camera module for the iPhone 7 were posted by Taiwanese Apple Blog, Apple.Club.tw and also discovered by MacRumors. There was also a case allegedly designed for the iPhone 7 showing a camera cutout that looks wide enough to accomodate a dual lens camera. The pictures were leaked via gadget Steve Hemmerstoffer’s Twitter account, @onleaks.
A dual-lens camera could help with zooming, better low-light performance, and a thinner design so it doesn’t protrude from the iPhone 7’s body, like it currently does in the iPhone 6 and 6s.
The camera won’t bulge out anymore.
The camera “wart,” as many called it, might finally disappear in the iPhone 7.
According to MacRumors, Apple is using a thinner camera module that would let the camera sit flush against the back. The protruding camera on the back of the iPhone 6 and 6s were a big complaint people had with the iPhone’s design.
It won’t be made of metal.
So far, Apple has used three main materials for the iPhone: plastic, glass, and metal. Now, the iPhone 7 might be dressed in mysterious “new compound materials”, according to DigiTimes. No one knows what these materials could be, or what they’ll look and feel like, but they’ll likely make the iPhone look and feel premium, if not, more premium than the current iPhone 6s’ aluminum build.
The white plastic stripes won’t be so visible.
Those white plastic antenna bands you see on the top and bottom of the iPhone 6 and 6s (as well as the Plus models) might be gone in the iPhone 7, according to DigiTimes.
But more recent rumors from Chinese site CN Beta via Phone Arena suggest the antenna bands will still be present, but they’ll be redesigned so they’re not as visible. They’re necessary on metal iPhones to allow a cellular signal in and out, as the aluminum casing acts as a barrier. Getting rid of the antenna bands is one of the reasons being reported for Apple’s “new compound materials.”
It won’t have a headphone jack.
Leaked images of a case supposedly designed for the iPhone 7 have also surfaced more recently, and they also suggest the headphone jack will be missing in the iPhone 7. That means we could be using the iPhone’s Lightning port for listening to music, which is usually used for charging. The other option is to use Bluetooth headphones.
If the rumors are true, Apple and other audio hardware companies would probably sell adapters so you can connect your old 3.5mm headphones to the iPhone’s Lightning port.
It might have two speakers.
A second speaker might reside where the old 3.5mm used to be, according to a Barclay’s report obtained by MacRumors.
The same leaked images of the purported iPhone 7 case showing a missing headphone jack also show gaps in the case for two speakers. Currently, the iPhone 6s only has one speaker on the bottom right.
If Apple will indeed ditch the headphone jack, it might as well fill that space with something useful!
It’ll come with Lightning EarPods.
If the iPhone 7 doesn’t have a headphone jack, that means the EarPods Apple includes with the iPhone will need a Lightning connector. So, we’ll probably see new EarPods with Lightning connectors come with the next iPhone, according to 9to5Mac.
It could make all headphones noise-canceling.
The iPhone 7 could make any of your headphones noise-canceling with special software running with new audio components to make the Lightning port better suited for audio, according to Fast Company.
The current iPhone already uses noise-canceling technology to drown out ambient sound during phone calls so you can hear, and be heard, more clearly, even in a noisy environment.
It might have wireless charging.
We might be charging the iPhone 7 wirelessly, according to Fast Company.
Wireless charging could be another option for charging the next iPhone now that its main method of charging (with the Lightning port) could be used for listening to music.
Indeed, I tried using Lightning headphones for a week, and I found myself unable to charge my iPhone while I was listening to music.
It’ll survive drops in water.
The “new compound materials” combined with a lack of headphone jack could make the iPhone 7 the most waterproof iPhone yet, according to DigiTimes.
It’ll run Apple’s new A10 chip.
As with every new iPhone, the iPhone 7 will run on a new chip that’s being called the “A10,” according to Cult of Mac.
The iPhone 6s’ A9 chip makes it the most powerful phone you can buy at the moment, and the A10 is supposedly even more powerful and efficient. It also has technology that will give the iPhone 7 better cellular performance, which means it could have better reception and retain stronger data and cellular connections than previous iPhones.
Apple will announce it in September.
Like the last several iPhone models, Apple will probably announce the iPhone 7 in early September. It should come out a week or two after that.
And it’ll cost at least $650.
The iPhone 6s without a two-year contract sells for $649, and the iPhone 6s Plus $749. Most iPhones before them cost the same, so we predict that Apple will sell the iPhone 7 for a similar price.
Now that US carriers aren’t offering two-year contracts anymore, you can’t buy iPhones for $200.
From now on, you’ll either pay the entire cost of the iPhone up front, or pay for it in monthly installments using either your carrier’s monthly payment plan, or Apple’s own payment plan.