It’s no secret that the newest addition to the Apple franchise is slated to come out later this year, but most of the information regarding its features is being kept very quiet by Apple execs. Nevertheless, there have been a few leaks that give us a better idea of what to expect from the iPhone 7, and even more rampant speculation of the same.
What will it look like?
From a design perspective, experts expect it to be rather similar to the iPhone 6s. The folks at Apple are apparently confident that they’ve finally perfected the art of perfectly curved corners, along with all other elements of the signature iPhone aesthetic. It may have a few minor changes, of course, like a slightly less protruding camera (though reports are divided on that point) or fewer antenna bands, but it will remain the same basic size and shape. It will once again be released in two different sizes: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. It is likely that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will use the same screen size as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively, having apparently hit the sweet spot when it comes to screen size. One potential difference is the removal of the standard headphone jack which would allow the new device to be much thinner than its predecessor. Users would still be able to connect headphones through the lightning port or via bluetooth. Apple may also decide to integrate a second set of speakers for stereo audio.
What’s under the hood?
Apple is of course known for stepping up their game with each new product release, so it will be exciting to see exactly what new technology they’ve come up with for us this time. In the iPhone 7, we expect to see some new top-of-the-line A10 processors from TSMC, along with a Smart Connector on the back of the phone that could potentially be used for wireless charging. The Smart Connector has been previously seen on the latest version of the iPad Pro, in that case being used to connect wireless keyboards and other accessories quickly and easily. However, Logitech has recently demonstrated the Smart Connector’s power as a charging method with its Logi Base, so it’s entirely possible that Apple may be heading down that road themselves. Its intended purpose remains to be seen.
The iPhone 7 Plus is also expected to include a dual-lens camera system that is not present in the regular iPhone 7 model. This means that your smartphone could take photos comparable in quality to a DSLR, with 2x to 3x zoom functions and improved low light performance. Talk about bang for your buck! But it may not come standard on all iPhone 7 Plus models. Due to supply limitations, the phone will likely be offered in both single and dual camera versions. This has the added bonus that people who would really enjoy the feature get to have it while people who don’t take many photos, but would still enjoy the extra size of the 7 Plus won’t have to pay extra for a feature they won’t use.
The number one complaint iPhone owners have about their phones is overwhelmingly a desire for better battery life. To that end, it seems like Apple has heard your cries of anguish and put a 7.04 watt-hour battery into the new iPhone 7 which is slightly larger than the 6.61 watt-hour battery of the iPhone 6.
There are undoubtedly still surprises in store for us at the official iPhone 7 release later this year, but it’s amazing how many details we’ve been able to suss out from the famously secretive company this time around. Unless, of course, they’re all misinformation manufactured to throw us off the scent! Right now all there is to do is be patient.