Rumors for the upcoming iPhone 7, which is expected to be announced next fall, have suggested a more water-resistant and durable design. Apple is also considering removing the headphone jack to make the phone more thin in addition to adding a few features. According to a post on G for Games, Apple is currently testing “at least five” different prototypes for the new iPhone, each with a different flagship feature.
Citing sources inside China as the leak for this information, one of the prototypes is for an iPhone with a USB-C connector inside of the Lightning connector. This in not out of character for Apple to do since they have changed the iPhone’s connector once before. The first change occurred when the iPhone 5 was released, which was five years after the original iPhone came out with the 30-pin connector. Changing to USB-C only four years after the iPhone 5 came out would not be weird. Like the iPhone 5, it would be met with unfriendly feedback until manufacturers could adapt to the new design with their accessories.
The second prototype is for an iPhone with wireless charging. Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S6, already have this capability. Since Apple would be entering the market late for wireless charging, it would be interesting to see their take on it. Perhaps we would see a small pad, similar to Square’s new card reader, that would be the home for your iPhone.
Another prototype design has multi-Force Touch as the flagship feature. This seems like the next step for Apple since they are all about the multi-touch display and the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is limited to one finger.
Apple is also apparently testing a dual-camera system (like the first picture) for the iPhone 7. This was actually previously rumored to be a feature of the iPhone 6s due to report that came from a tech journalist and recent patents, but never came into fruition. Perhaps we will see in on the iPhone 7.
The final prototype that Apple is reporting testing is a phone with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. The Home button will likely be removed and, along with it, the thick bezels on the top and bottom of the display. This idea has been tossed around for some time with some concepts (like the one above) with a Home button in the display.
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A few months ago, before the iPhone 6s came out, we created a concept for the new iPhone’s design. We dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack because we wanted to see how the iPhone would look with a more symmetrical design. This may have sounded far fetched at the time, but it may be exactly what Apple’s planning to do on the iPhone 7. A new report from Japanese blog Macotakara says Apple will drop the port in favor of Lightning and Bluetooth-enabled headphones.
We imagined removing the headphone jack to make the bottom symmetrical.
The report, which cites a reliable source, claims that Apple is considering removing the 3.5mm headphone port to help the phone be at least 1mm thinner. The current 3.5mm size is the world’s standard so Apple is unable to change it so their only option is to remove it. This make sense, though, because Apple is usually first to do away with popular technology. They first dropped floppy disc drives, then CD drives and now the new MacBook only has one USB drive. With music and entertainment available online, the need for CD and DVD drives is slowly dissipating. I can’t tell you the last time I bought a physical CD or DVD; all my entertainment comes from either Spotify, Apple Music or the iTunes Store.
The upcoming iPhone 7 will apparently also only use headphones that either connect through Bluetooth or through the Lightning port. Apple plans to include a Digital-to-Analog adapter with the phone that will go from the 3.5mm headphone port to Lightning for those headphones still in the past. In addition, the next-generation EarPods will have a Lightning connector.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in September 2016 at Apple’s annual special media event. We will probably hear more details about the design early next year as well.
Apple’s next-generation smartphone, likely called the “iPhone 7“, is slightly less than a year away but currently has several rumors surrounding its design. Since it is a numbered generation, like iPhone 6 or iPhone 5, it will feature a redesign that is currently rumored to be made of a different material than aluminum and it will be waterproof and dustproof. Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo suggests that the display will be the same as the iPhone 6s display, with TFT-LCD display technology. Another rumor suggests Apple will be retaining the battery capacity as well on their new iPhone.
Based on the recent moves by Apple’s head supplier, Foxconn, Kuo believes that Apple will retain the TFT-LCD display technology for the new few years. While other popular Android smartphones and even the Apple Watch use AMOLED displays, Apple has been having success with their displays and don’t plan to change any time soon. Kuo goes on to say that this will still be the display technology in 2017 for the iPhone 7s and 2018 for the iPhone 8.
In addition to keeping the same display, recent rumors suggested Apple will keep the same battery capacity for the iPhone 7 as well. The same battery will allow Apple to spend time advancing other technologies in the phone and hopefully make the software more energy efficient. In the previous major software update, iOS 9, Apple promised up to three hours of extra battery life likely due in part to the Low Power Mode that significantly reduces the battery drain. Apple may focus on software advancements instead of hardware advancements in the next iPhone. Hopefully Apple will also fix the many bugs that plague iOS 9 as well.
With the new iPhone 6s coming out, it’s hard to think about what Apple has in store for the next-generation iPhone 7 that will be released next year. Like every other numbered iPhone generation, we expect a complete redesign of hardware with updated internal specifications. As for this design, we have some new rumors that suggest it’s something far beyond what we could ever imagine.
Several posts on China’s microblogging website, Weibo, suggest that Apple is considering a completely different design with new materials for the iPhone 7. The phone will reportedly by waterproof and dustproof, which makes sense since Apple has increased the durability of the iPhone 6s. The recently released iPhone is not technically “waterproof,” but it did survive an hour underwater in a new video without malfunctioning. Apple also added rubber gaskets around the external buttons with the iPhone 6 series phones. The iPhone 7 will also feature a “completely flat” LCD panel, which may suggest that Apple is moving away from curved glass with their new design. Finally, the phone will also be made out of a new casing material that will not be metallic, like the iPhone 6s’ aluminum frame. Perhaps they are considering returning to glass, like the iPhone 4/4S or the Samsung Galaxy S6.
In addition to these rumors, the KGI Securities analyst that is famous for predicting upcoming Apple products said that the iPhone 7 will be retaining the 3D Touch display and be incredibly thin. The phone will be between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thin, which is around the thickness of the iPod touch (6.1mm).
Since the iPhone 7 is still a year away, these rumors may be for a prototype design that Apple is looking at and may not reflect the final design.
A new rumor from Chinese microblogging site Weibo suggests that Apple’s next-generation processor will have six-core architecture. This would be a significant leap over the iPhone 6s’ dual-core A10 processor and it would significantly increase the phone’s speed with multitasking and other functions.
The source of this information has been accurate in the past with predicting the structure of the next-generation processors, but a jump from dual-core to hexa-core seems very unlikely. Apple has previously added more RAM and 64-bit technology to meet or exceed the power of other processors with more cores. It is more likely that the next-generation processor will be a quad-core. Many common Android smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S6, already have a quad-core processor.
The cores inside of a processor power the phone and help it to handle specific tasks. The more cores a processor has, the more that these tasks can be spread to different components and therefore the phone becomes faster.
With the iPhone 6s announcement and release date fast approaching, we took some time to reflect on the previous released iPhones and what this tells us about the future. When a numbered iPhone is released, like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, there’s always a new design. Apple changes the rear panel, front panel, updates the internal components and more. When an S-series phone is released, like the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5s, the design is the same, but there’s always one flagship feature that makes it stand out above the rest. So every year we switch back-and-forth between a new design and a new feature that redefines everything.
The iPhone 2G, which was the first generation iPhone, came out in June 2007 with revolutionary touchscreen, music player and had standard apps that allowed users to read mail, connect to the Internet and more. It was a brand new smartphone that changed every phone available on the market. The rear panel had a mostly aluminum back with a small plastic panel on the bottom. It’s successor, the iPhone 3G, was the first redesign to the iPhone lineup (granted it was only the second generation, but it was still a redesign). It dropped the metal and plastic rear shell for an all-plastic design. The phone became thinner, buttons changed and it was easier to open up for repair. After this, we saw the similarly designed iPhone 3GS, which was the first S-series iPhone. Although there was other changes to the phone, the flagship feature was the digital compass. This was a unique feature because it added more GPS capabilities to the iPhone and it paved the way for turn-by-turn directions and more which would come out in the next few years.
iPhone 2G vs. iPhone 3G vs. iPhone 4
The next-generation iPhone, which was Steve Jobs last iPhone, was the iPhone 4. This, as expected, had a complete redesign. Apple dropped the plastic rear panel for a glass rear panel, stretched the silver ring around the front of the phone to be the frame of the phone which incorporated the antennas in it. The phone also became thinner and got a new internal design with updates. The iPhone 4S came out a year later in October 2011 with our favorite digital assistant, Siri. The phone looked the same as the iPhone 4, but now the phone could talk to you and tell you about the weather, your calendar, open apps and more.
iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c
The iPhone 5 succeeded the iPhone 4S in September of 2012 with a complete redesign and larger display. The rear panel changed from the all-glass design to mostly metal and partially glass design. The phone also became thinner and a lot lighter. The iPhone 5s was released a year later alongside the iPhone 5c, which was the first year Apple had released two iPhones together. The iPhone 5s featured the same design as the iPhone 5 with a few updates, most notably being the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 5c replaced the iPhone 5 to become the less expensive alternative to the iPhone 5s and allowed Apple to reach more markets that previously couldn’t get an iPhone. The iPhone 5c doesn’t fit into our story since it’s not one of Apple’s flagship phones, but we anticipate that it will have it’s own story once the iPhone 6c is released next month.
iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 6
This now brings us to the iPhone 6, which was released in September 2014 and came with an all-new design. The rear panel changed again to all metal, the phone became larger, thinner, lighter and had a protruding camera. It came out with the much larger iPhone 6 Plus that shares a few features with the iPad. The iPhone 6s is expected to come out next month with the Apple Watch’s Force Touch display, which will be its flagship feature. The phone will also follow the same pattern as the other S-series phones by having the same external design and receiving internal updates.
The next phone to be released (after the iPhone 6s), which will happen in 2016, will be the iPhone 7. Then we will see the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8, iPhone 8s, iPhone 9, iPhone 9s, iPhone 10, etc. with a new one every year. Assuming Apple continues with the pattern they have held for the past 8 years, every numbered generation will have a complete redesign and every S-series will see a flagship feature that will revolutionize it. So the iPhone 7 will redesign the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 8 will redesign the iPhone 7, etc. The iPhone 7s, iPhone 8s, iPhone 9s, etc. will have one standout feature with the same design as its predecessor.
Touch ID in display concept
While we have no idea what Apple has in store for the iPhone 7 or any other numbered generations, besides the standard redesigns, we can start to predict what we will see on the S-series. For the iPhone 7s, we imagine seeing the Touch ID sensor incorporated into the iPhone’s display. If the rumors are true about Force Touch display differentiating between a small finger pad (i.e. top of the finger) and a large finger pad (i.e. the entire finger) for the iPhone 6s and that Apple is seriously looking into adding Touch ID to the display, then it only makes sense for Touch ID to make its way from the Home button to the display. As for the iPhone 8s, it may have a revolutionary touchscreen that goes beyond Force Touch. Perhaps a second or third sensor will make its way into the phone so it will differentiate between more than just a tap and a deep press. We may also see the headphone jack disappear in favor of Bluetooth or Lightning-powered headphones, wireless charging replace the Lightning connector and a significantly smarter Siri that can do more than just help us with basic tasks.
Whatever happens with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7s or iPhone 8; we will be right here to share it with you.
Apple is expected to release the iPhone 6s in September of next year and the iPhone 7 in the following year (2016). This assumption comes from Apple’s iPhone schedule; however, a source from within the supply chain claims that Apple is considering changing things up a bit next year. The source says the iPhone 6s will come out in Spring of 2015 alongside the Apple Watch and the iPhone 7 will be here in September 2015.
The website that the inside source reports to, Stabley Times, says the reason Apple is considering this switch up is because of the Apple Watch. Since the watch is advertised as a companion to the iPhone and it will not work without it, Apple is cautious to release it by itself. If they were to release a phone with the watch, they will be able to remind customers that it is an accessory to the iPhone and not a standalone product. Apple announced it at the iPhone event in September so it only makes sense for them to release it alongside of an iPhone.
iPhone 6s concept with thinner bezels, by Martin Hajek.
This reasoning seems sound to me, but I doubt Apple come out with two iPhones in one year (iPhone 6s and iPhone 7). Sony tried to release two flagship phones within 12 months, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3, and they are now reconsidering this move. Also customers who upgraded to the iPhone 6 will likely not replace their phone after six months since they are under contract and many wouldn’t be able to get the iPhone 7 only a year after their upgrade. When Apple released the iPad 4 only six months after the iPad 3, it was because customers were not locked into a contract and could easily sell their tablet to get the newest one. Apple would not be able to do this to their smartphone customers.
The source stresses that a final decision has not been made, but this is one of the ideas they are looking into. As for the believing if the source is accurate or not, that’s a different story. While we are questioning this, we should also question to site that reported it. Stabley Times refers to the Apple Watch as the “Apple iWatch” so either they are bitter about Apple’s name for the smart watch or they don’t really know what they are talking about. Take this rumor with a grain of salt and unless we hear anything solid supporting this, don’t expect the iPhone 6s until September.
The tenth generation iPhone, which should be the iPhone 7, is still two years away if Apple continues to follow their pattern. A completely redesigned iPhone is released with a whole number as the identifier (like the iPhone 5) and then an internally-updated S-series phone is released the following year (like the iPhone 5s). So we should see the iPhone 6s before the iPhone 7. This puts the iPhone 7 out in September 2016. Even though we are still two years away, this hasn’t stopped anyone from imagining what the redesigned iPhone will look like.
Martin Hajek, the person responsible for these beautiful iPhone 6 concepts back in early 2014, is back again with a couple iPhone 7 concept designs. With the help of Business Insider, he envisioned what the iPhone would look like with very narrow bezels. Another design he explored was a screen that covered the entire front of the phone. For both concepts, he took care of the protruding camera.
The narrow bezel iPhone vs. the iPhone 6 vs. the full-screen iPhone.
The design with the very thin bezels would allow the phone to get smaller in height, but still retain the 4.7″ screen size. Martin also moved the earpiece to nearly the top of the device so the top bezel could shrink too. The front camera and ambient light sensor are the only components in the top bezel.
iPhone with thinner bezels.
For the iPhone concept with a full display on the front panel, he pictured the status bar icon would be on the top part of the phone and the Control Center icons on the bottom part. The front camera, earpiece and ambient light sensor would stay in a single line so they don’t break up the display too much.
iPhone with full-screen display.
We have included the best pictures from his concept on here, but you should really check out his full gallery for more great pictures.
Although we expect a better processor, the phone could look something like this when taken apart.
Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year. The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected. There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass). This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.
Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:
This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.
Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack. Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.