We realise two things by September every year. One – most of the year is over and we still haven’t done anything substantial with our lives. Two – the iPhone releases to tell us exactly how poor we all are. It’s no different this year either. Apple has finally confirmed it is holding an event for the media on the 7th of September. Which can mean only one thing – the world will finally get to witness the launch of iPhone 7. Although the tech giant generally manages to keep most of the information about its new releases under wraps, we have got a fair idea about what’s in store for us this year thanks to some anonymous leakers sitting in China. Here’s a final (promise) round-up of what we can expect from the new iPhone.
1. Three iPhones?
While most tech bloggers and websites stick with the two iPhone story (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus), there are some solid rumours about a third variant this time around – iPhone 7 Pro. While the iPhone 7 is said to keep the 4.7-inch screen size, both 7 Plus and 7 Pro will feature a 5.5-inch display. The 7 Pro is said to have a larger phone memory and sport a dual-rear camera setup. We, however, still think there will only be two phones releasing this fall.
2. Same old design with new colours.
If you are bored of the way the iPhone looks then be prepared to be disappointed, again. Even though the antenna bands of the phones might be repositioned and redesigned, the phones will largely look like the iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus. The saving grace should be the introduction of two new colour options – deep blue and charcoal black. Both really classy and substantially better than a pink coloured phone. We’ll leave it to Apple to give them fashionably fancy names.
3. The demise of the 16GB variant
Thank the good lord for this one. With most phones capable of recording video at 4k, 16GB storage space had really become a joke. It has been confirmed by a number of trusted sources that Apple will finally bid goodbye to the 16GB variant of the iPhone finally moving to a base model of 32GB storage.
4. Major camera enhancements
After falling behind the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the camera department, we expect Apple to bring about major improvements in the iPhone’s camera. The most noticeable one being the dual-camera set-up that the iPhone 7 Plus/ 7 Pro is expected to get.
5. The home button re-imagined
Many believe that the iconic circular home button of the iPhone is set to undergo a redesign of sorts. Since it’s also one of the parts that consumers complain about going kaput most often, Apple might be able to counter the problem with a force touch panel which would act like a button without actually being one. However, if some of the mock design leaks are to be believed, Apple might completely eliminate the home button altogether, going for a beautiful blank front panel.
6. No headphone jack
One of the first leaks to come out from Apple’s assembling factory in China was the lack of the audio jack from the wireframe. The world is moving towards USB Type-C and wireless connectivity and Apple is said to have been driving that change. Removing the headphone jack also means a thinner iPhone. Tech expert believes Apple engineers will be able to shave as much as 1mm off the thickness from the phone. However, Apple will not throw its customers in the deep end of the pool straight away. No, they won’t be giving away Bluetooth Beats headphones, but they are most likely to include a special Type-C to 3.5mm converter instead of new headphones.
7. Better speakers
It’s a sweeter deal for those who use the speaker of the iPhone often. Since the 3.5mm audio port is done away with, that space will be used as an extra channel for the phone’s speakers. Which is kind of awesome because it has been something iPhone faithfuls had been requesting for a while.
A water-resistant iPhone
We are still not 100% about this one, which is why it falls under the bonus section. But if some Twitter leaks are to be believed, an IP68 is being used for the iPhone, which will make the device relatively water-resistant. It’s the same technology used by Samsung for their galaxy series. While many still think that Apple might introduce this feature with the 2017 iPhone, there are reports that suggest Apple might make it available as soon as this year.
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Cover image of the iPhone concept by Martin Hajek.