What You Could Expect From the iPhone 7
Following the launch of the new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus on the 9th September, rumours about Apple’s inevitable next model, the iPhone 7, are already surfacing.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now available to pre-order in the UK on Apple’s online store and will be available in stores from the 25th September.
Based on Apple’s previous release-date history, it seems likely that the iPhone 7 will be launched on Tuesday 13th September 2016.
The iPhone 7 will feature the new Apple A10 processor which is expected to be launched at WWDC in June 2016, and will ship with iOS10 already installed. It will also feature a new embedded M10 motion co-processor.
It has been rumoured that the iPhone 7 could be waterproof. A new patent in March 2015 suggested that Apple is researching ways in which future phones could be made waterproof by encasing individual electronic components within the phone rather than adding any additional armour to the exterior.
There have also been reports that Apple and Samsung are involved in talks with telecom groups to launch an e-SIM. The e-SIM would be an electronic SIM card which would replace the physical SIMs we use now, making it easier to switch carriers and providing a greater degree of flexibility for roaming.
The iPhone 7 may also feature a new charger, which would include a new reversible USB connector.
With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple finally delivered some long-awaited upgrades that are likely to remain the same for the iPhone 7; namely, a new 12Mp iSight camera and 2GB of RAM. Apple will also be using the same technology to power Force Touch for the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 is expected to have an all new design if Apple is to follow its pattern of launching a new iPhone generation every other year, with a fairly similar-looking “s” model released in the years in between.
Reliable predictions have indicated that the iPhone 7 is set to be Apple’s thinnest phone yet, measuring from 6-6.5mm thick. This would be in keeping with the new iPod Touch and iPad Air 2, which are both 6.1mm thick. In comparison, the current iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick.
It is possible that the iPhone 7 will feature side-wall display similar to the Galaxy Note Edge, which would allow for notifications to appear down the side of the phone, as well as interactive or touch-sensitive sections along the phone’s edges.
The design of the iPhone 7 will possibly eliminate the need for a Home button by incorporating the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is usually found beneath the Home button, into the entire display.
It is likely that the iPhone 7 will be available in the same colour range as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which includes Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Space Grey.
Over the last two years Apple have maintained the same price for their new phone releases. This could mean that the iPhone 7 will be ringing in at Pounds 539 for 16GB, Pounds 619 for 64GB and Pounds 699 for 128GB. You can compare this with other phone prices, or the value of your own phone, by checking here.
While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus seem to be selling well despite claims from some that the handsets fall short of expectation, the iPhone 7 looks set to offer an exciting change from previous models.