Since Apple is definitely going to make an iPhone 7, there were bound to be reports, leaks, wishlists and rumours of the features it will sport. Here are the specifications it’s most likely to feature.
Brand new design
Generally, Apple introduces a brand new design after two generations of iPhones; for example, like it did after the iPhone 5 and 5S. However, the company which launched the ‘Jesus Phone’ hasn’t done anything life-changing regarding its handsets exteriors for two long. Rumours of a radical change in the pipeline have obviously arisen.
Do you recall the Nokia N9 and its button-less display? The time may be right for Apple to adopt such a design – if it can pull it off. The home button could be omitted from the iPhone 7 and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor could be moved to the back or side, allowing Apple to put a larger screen or reduce the size of the smartphone.
According to a 2014 patent filed by Apple, it may be eager to separate Touch ID from the home button and attaching the biometric sensor directly to the touchscreen. This would mean placing your finger anywhere on the display in order to unlock it or authorize payments. If successful, we could pray for a screen that’s edge-to-edge.
The company Sonovation has managed to attach an ultrasound biometric sensor under a screen, the technology being compatible with Gorilla Glass.
Sapphire Glass Display
Apple has fallen back in the resolution race since its Retina display magic. It will want to beat competitors at it. With the iPhone 7, expect more pixels per inch that what the iPhone 6 models have to offer. And in place of LED, let’s put OLED on the wishlist.
The home button, iSight camera lens and Apple Watch feature the super-scratch-resistant sapphire glass. It’s not cheap to manufacture and Apple has to make sure that there won’t be any supply chain problems because producing perfect layers of the crystal is really hard. Perhaps the iPhone 7 will be the first iOS device to feature it?
Liquidmetal for a thinner, stronger frame
Apple will obviously want to make the iPhone 7 thinner than ever. This has resulted in speculations that Apple could opt for something other than aluminium for the iPhone 7. Liquidmetal, an easily moldable but extremely strong alloy of metals, might be the choice of material.
Updated D Jack for headphones
Apple is planning to launch a future iPhone with a D jack. It’s apparently smaller than the current 2.5mm and 3.5mm headphone ports. The plug and the port will both be in the shape of the letter D, hence the name.
However, a new leak suggests will use the Lightening port for allowing headphone to smartphone connectivity.
Word has it that the iPhone 7 will feature Intel’s 7360 LTE modem chip inside it. All the present iPhones use Qualcomm’s 9X45 LTE chip. However, this could change in 2016 because Apple is considering both hardware manufacturers for its handsets.
New iPhone software features with iOS 10
Rest assured, the iPhone 7 will feature a wide variety of functions piggybacking on the next version of the company’s software.
No more price bullying
Doesn’t it annoy you that the 64GB and 16GB iPhone 6S Plus and 6S have a $100 difference between them? How does a manufacturer direct a potential buyer of the 16GB model to the 64GB model when the potential customer complains of a lack of storage?
The users who didn’t bite could have felt like they got the sour end of the deal. Apple should phase out the 16GB option and sell the iPhone 7 in 128GB, 64GB and 32GB memory options instead.
Reversible USB charger
Have you observed how the term USB Type-C is being used more often by smartphone manufacturers? There’s a possibility that the company will deign to follow the trend and leave the Lightning connector for this reversible option. Naturally, such a change could annoy many customers who have bought charging adapters and cables.
The Apple Watch secretly features the ability to soak up electricity from a Qi-compliant wireless charger. Motorola, Sony, HTC, LG, Samsung and others have at least one product compatible with the technology. If you are a fan of the technology, keep your hopes up, there are good chances that Apple will introduce wireless charging in the iPhone 7.
RAM and waterproofing
Apple is expected to launch an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The latter could arrive with 3GB RAM, enabling the handset to boast about including the type of features high-end Android offerings have today.
For all of you who have been praying for a waterproof iPhone, this could happen in 2016 at last. It is not yet clear whether the body will simply be splash-proof or fully immersible in water.
We won’t disagree with you if you think that a wraparound or flexible display is very unlikely to feature on the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 may be launched in September 2016, according to tradition.