It is almost certain, thanks to @evleaks and Apple’s traditional update cycle, that iPhone 7 will launch in September; September 16, to be more specific.
2016 hasn’t been a brilliant year for Apple : no records were broken and sales actually dipped for the first time since the launch of the original iPhone. Although Apple still enjoys the dominant position in the market and was able to ship more than 40 million iPhones in Q3, 2016, the revenue did take a hit compared to last year. That is something that neither Apple nor the analysts are taking lightly.
With the iPhone 7, Apple is making a huge gamble, and analysts all over the globe are recognizing this. With most of the jaw-dropping features tucked away safely for the 10th anniversary iPhone next year, everyone is left wondering what 2016’s iPhone 7 will debut with.
Today we take a look at some things you should know about the upcoming iPhone 7.
No major design changes
iPhone 7 will not be all that different from iPhone 6s as far as external appearances go. Traditionally, a new numbered iPhone would guarantee a major design overhaul — but not this time.
This could be a one-time event, because 2017 will see the tenth anniversary of iPhone, and it makes sense that Apple is delaying a design change until then. However, some reports also suggest that Apple might be irreversibly turning to three-year design update cycle. These reports claim that Apple has come to recognize the fact that people don’t change their phone that often anymore, so billions spent in R&D for a radicle design change every two years is a financial black hole.
iPhone 7 will debut without the 3.5mm headphone jack — the only legacy port to be still alive, and on almost all tech. Antenna lines on the back of the phone will no longer be there, and the phone will be slightly thinner.
Spectacular Camera Upgrade
Reports suggest that iPhone 7 will have a much-improved camera across all models. Many renders have shown an ugly camera hump too, and that might turn out to be the reality.
Building on its ‘Shot on iPhone 6S’ campaign, Apple is expected to highlight iPhone 7’s camera capabilities through a number of promos.
Although claims of iPhone 7’s camera being DSLR-like good might not be that far from the truth, the only downside is that the high-end, dual camera module will be limited to the most premium handset (iPhone 7 Plus/Pro) in iPhone 7 lineup. The standard iPhone will get improvements like OIS and better low-light capabilities.
It is being suggested that Apple will market iPhone 7 Pro or Plus, whichever has the dual camera module, as a direct competitor to S7’s photography genius; in fact, that might be the only reason this model will come into existence.
Water-Resistant iPhone 7
This is one thing that every person wants. This has been present in the Android ecosystem since 2012, and Apple is really late to the party. This makes even more sense when you take into account iOS 10 beta 3’s warning system when it detects water in the lightning port.
No 16GB Base Model
The long-time entry level iPhone model — 16 GB model — will not see the light of the day when iPhone 7 debuts. This makes sense, because practically, there will be no space left on a 16GB phone after iOS installation, a couple of apps, bunch of great looking photos and a few 4K videos.
Highest available storage option would be a 256GB model, but not a lot of people are expected to go that big.
No physical home button
A number of reports have suggested that iPhone 7 could debut with an un-clickable home button. It will be adorned with Force Touch so that people have to just press the glass a little harder to go to the home screen.
This would be a repeat of the concept Apple recently introduced in MacBook and new MacBook Pros with the Force Touch trackpad: they don’t actually move, but they stimulate the same clicking feeling with haptic feedback.