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Apple's iPhone 7 Takes Shape: Release Date, Leaks, Specs & Features



All the leaks, rumours and details for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and/or iPhone 7 Pro

WWDC will take place on June 13 in San Francisco. That means we now only have a couple of months to wait to see what Apple has in store for iPhone and iPad with iOS 10. Last year saw the release of Apple Music; this year we’re expecting to see a lot of new iPhone/iPad features added into the mix. Especially with the advent of the iPhone 7 Pro which is will apparently share some similarities to Apple’s iPad Pro line of devices.
The BIG keynote by Mr. Tim Cook takes place on the first day — June 13 — and it is here that Apple will detail its plans for the rest of the year, discus its ups and downs, and introduce new software for iPhone/iPad and Mac computers. And with the launch of the iPhone 7 just around the corner, what’s revealed about iOS 10 will likely give us a better idea about what features will be present aboard the iPhone 7.
By now we've heard many rumours claiming the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest iPhone ever - ultra-thin, super-thin, the thinnest of the thin! Wafer thin? Anyway, the blurb down the grapevine claims this extreme thinness will go hand-in-hand with a couple of hardware innovations. 
We’re even starting to get trickles on information through about Apple’s 2017 iPhone — the iPhone 7s. This handset will be the first iPhone to use OLED display technology, opening up lots of design possibilities for Apple with future iPhones — iPhone EDGE, anyone? Word on the street suggests Apple is so keen on making the switch from LCD to OLED it has fast-tracked the transition for next year — OLED was originally said to be happening in 2018.
The iPhone SE is the cheapest iPhone Apple has ever produced. But that doesn’t mean its a slouch; nope, the phone itself is essentially the same as the iPhone 6s with respect to imaging and specs. The only difference is RAM, design and the price of the handset. Apple was keen to make sure everybody knew the iPhone SE WAS NOT a budget phone. No, this phone is there to show Apple’s customers that it is listening to their suggestions.
As of June 1, a picture has leaked showing what's alleged to be the iPhone 7's rear panel in a rose gold colour. The leak out of China shows the single camera port with another port for the LED flash, as well as the new antennae design which moves the bands to the upper and lower edges. This design fits with a bunch of earlier rumours and leaks we've seen, so we think it's probably legit. The design is expected to be more or less the same for the larger iPhone 7 Plus model except of course it will be larger and will have a dual-sensor camera port if earlier schematics and rumours prove accurate (and by now we're thinking they probaby are). Unfortunately this leak doesn't show anything related to the Lightning and headphone ports - there have now been so many conflicting rumours and leaks saying the 3.5mm headphone jack will or will not be ditched we honestly don't know what to think at this point. Hopefully more images will continue to leak and prove once and for all the presence or absence of a 3.5mm port.
According to a tipster, Kevin Wang, Director of Market Research at IHS Technology, for the iPhone 7 generation coming later this year Apple will finally ditch the 16GB lower tier models and the base edtions of each device will be coming with 32GB of onboard storage and 2GB of RAM. Wang states this info comes from his "supply chain research," although this isn't someone with Ming-chi Kuo's track record so we are regarding it with a healthy degree of caution. Still, dropping the 16GB option is something that many consumers, reviewers and analysts have suggested would be a good idea for a while; as multimedia and apps go up in quality (with 4K video and images being far more common) 16GB is starting to look a bit anemic and can quickly be filled without much effort. Storage creep is something computing devices have had for a very long time, and in a way it is surprising that phones so far have not had to update as quickly. There is still some speculation that Apple's top-level option for the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will be as much as 256GB, putting it on par with the iPad Pro tablets.
A new set of alleged iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus schematics has leaked as of May 27, picked up by a source who delivered them to Chinese publication MyDrivers. Despite several recent reports that cases designed for the iPhone 7 series fit the iPhone 6s series perfectly, the schematics show that the new models will be 1mm thicker than their predecessors (although this might not rule out the cases still fitting the older models), but will share the same height and width. There is some speculation that the expanded waistline could signal a bigger battery cell. The diagrams also show ports for a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 Plus (meaning it may be a "Pro" branded model) , and once again reiterate the dual-camera sensor aboard the iPhone 7 Plus model.

Tim Cook Talks iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Sales & Apple Watch 2

All is not as rosy at it seems at Apple, according to certain reports about Apple's iPhone sales in 2016, leading many to ask: is Apple’s iPhone 6s struggling? Perhaps — chip orders are very low compared to this time last year, claims DigiTimes, despite the company having new hardware in the form of the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7 available on market.
Samsung is back on top in the US. The company’s awesome Galaxy S7 took the top spot in the US ahead of Apple’s iPhone 6s in March. Counterpoint Research showed the Galaxy S7 with 28.8% of the market, with the iPhone 6s in second with 17.1% and LG in third with 11%.
The same research notes ZTE and Huawei accounted for just 6.6% and 1%, respectively, proving Chinese handset makers are still having a tough time cracking the US, despite excellent releases from Huawei with last year’s Mate 8 and this year’s P9.
After its heady ascent to world’s number one technology brand, Apple’s pace is now officially beginning to slow. And the reason for this is simple: iPhone sales have flatlined. The company is still selling a lot of handsets per quarter but, unlike previous years, it is not posting HUGE uplifts in sales for each new quarter. Analysts are obviously having a field day with this, as it is something they’ve been banging on about since, well, around 2012. 
“Overall chip orders placed by Apple for the second quarter will only be slightly higher than those for the first quarter, despite the upcoming availability of its 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices,” said the report.
The arrival of the iPhone 7, however, will almost certainly bring things back in-line with what we've come to expect from Apple. Even more so if there turns out to be THREE iPhone 7 models. 
Interest is high in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7, though. Way higher than it was in the company’s 2015 iPhone flagship, the iPhone 6s. Not that this is surprising; Apple’s full number updates are always more exciting from a consumer perspective, as this is where the big changes are introduced.
“The UBS Evidence Lab did a survey of 6,336 smartphone users across the U.S., U.K., Germany, mainland China, and Japan to gauge interest in Apple's next smartphone,” notes Apple Insider. “Though nothing is officially known about the so-called iPhone 7, the poll found that consumer interest and demand are high.”
“In the U.S. and China, respondents showed more interest in the iPhone 7 than were interested in the iPhone 6s last year. In both markets, demand for the iPhone 7 has not yet exceeded the excitement for the iPhone 6, which launched in 2014 and marked Apple's first foray into significantly larger form factors.”
This could also be down to the fact that Apple will release three iPhone 7 models in 2016. 
"KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note that predicts two 5.5-inch versions of the "iPhone 7 Plus" are in development, one with a single iSight rear-facing camera and another boasting a dual-camera design," said MacRumors. "The rumored iPhone 7 Plus model with a dual-lens camera system would take advantage of imaging algorithms that Apple acquired through its purchase of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging last year." 
Nevertheless, 2016 will still be Apple’s busiest year for a very long time. Never before has the company launched so much hardware in such as short space of time. Even just a few years ago the idea of a dual-iPhone launch seemed bizarre — and now we’re looking at three (and one inside Q1, no less). 
In a recent interview with CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially talked-up new iPhones, no doubt after the company’s disastrous Q2 earnings call which saw iPhone sales dip by 10 million units from the previous year.
Cook said he was incredibly excited by what Apple’s designers and engineers had come up with. Cook was, of course, vague about specifics — no details about specs, hardware or changes were given.

iPhone 6s Sales

“We just had actually an incredible quarter by absolute standards, 50 billion plus in revenues and 10 billion in profits,” Cook pointed out.
“To put that in perspective the 10 billion is more than any other company makes so it was a pretty good quarter but not up to the Street's expectations clearly.”
Apple is still KILLING it in terms of business compared to every other technology company on the planet. This is true, even with less demand for iPhones during the last quarter. $10 billion in profits is decent by anyone’s standards but this isn’t why analysts are concerned — the concern is that the catalyst which created the monster that Apple is today is now, finally starting to slow down.
The iPhone 7, if we’re honest, will more than likely put Apple back on track with record sales again. The iPhone 7 is a far bigger deal than the iPhone 6s. Mostly because Apple whole-number updates always are and consumers know that and act accordingly, but also because the iPhone 7 will introduce a lot of new features and technology. Not just a single feature like TouchID or 3D Touch.

The iPhone 7 — And Why It Won’t Be BORING

“We're incredibly excited about things we're working on. Incredibly excited. We've got great innovation in the pipeline, new iPhones that will incent you and other people that have iPhones today to upgrade to new iPhones.”
“We're going to give you things that you can't live without that you just don't know you need today," Cook boasted when talking about future iPhones. That has always been the objective of Apple. To do things that really enrich people's lives. Features where you look back to before they were introuced and you wonder 'how did I live without this?’”
This aspect of the interview is slightly harder to interpret. Is Cook talking about the iPhone 7 or future iPhones farther down the line? Apple is rumoured to switching to OLED panels in 2017, as well as redesigning the iPhone from the ground-up. Initial rumours suggest an iPhone 4-style glass enclosure.
The worry at present — from Apple fans and analysts — is that the iPhone 7 will not be different enough from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. The worry is that Apple, after the iPhone 6s, has changed tack and moved all the big changes to 2017’s iPhone 7s.
As is stands, these worries are largely unfounded. Apple is consistent is its anything, and sticking with its usual hardware cycle is likely to remain a stable of its business for the next few years. Consumers have been on this hardware cycle since 2007. It doesn’t make any sense for Apple to do a switcharoo now. Plus, the company has never listened to naysayers, anyway. Why would it suddenly start now?
Oh, and in case you’ve been following the iPhone 7 headphone jack saga, the iPhone 7 will now apparently feature one — yep, after it definitely WOULD NOT.
“Apple was absolutely definitely set to kill off the headphone jack and force us all to move to Lightning headphones (or use an adaptor),” reports Expert Reviews.
“But, in the fast-paced world of rumours, Apple may now have had an about turn, as it looks likely that the iPhone 7 will have a headphone jack after all. According to leaked component photos shown on nowhereelse.fr, the new phone will have the headphone port. In many ways, this makes sense, as the iPhone 7 looks set to be similar in size to the iPhone 6S, rather than being super slim. In other words, space is not a constraint and, if you've got the room for a 3.5mm jack, why not fit one?”

Apple Watch 2

“You'll see the Apple Watch getting better and better. We're still in learning mode. We're learning fairly quickly, though. We know a lot more than we did a year ago.”
“I think that in a few years we will look back and people will say, 'How could I have ever thought about not wearing this watch?”
Personally, I am not convinced by the Apple Watch — or any smartwatches for that matter. I’ve tried many times to integrate one into my life, but always come away frustrated with the overall experience and the way they function. Obviously this is my own personal experience; your’s might be a lot different.
Still, there is a lot of room for improvements where the Apple Watch is concerned and Apple’s insistence that all new Apple Watch applications must work as standalone applications is a sure sign that Apple is attempting to do more with its future Apple Watch releases.

THREE iPhone 7 Body Component Leaks At Once

On May 24 a couple of leaks from different sources have shown us two different components allegedly forming part of the iPhone 7's bodywork. The first is a set of photos showing the machining plates used in the production of the iPhone 7 body, indicating the design and giving us some measurements for the device proportions. The plates shown are for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro and show a larger camera sensor for the former, while the latter has a dual-sensor port, in both cases fitting in with current rumours. On the whole the plates closely match many of the design leaks we've seen in recent weeks, however, the one thing missing is the smart connector ports, but with that said some very recent leaks also support their absence. It's also possible that the smart connector may be machined later in the manufacturing process than the point these plates represent.
The second leak comes via nowhereelse.fr and shows the rear panel of the iPhone 7 with what appears to be a quad-speaker setup. There are of course a number of issue with this leak and it's possible its a fake. As MacRumors points out the "images apparently taken from a promotional video made by an Italian casemaker, which allegedly received a prototype iPhone 7 case in anticipation of the coming refresh in September."
But would an Italian case maker actually be given access to a prototype iPhone 7 case? Certainly not by Apple. It's possible a source in the Asian supply chain could have provided it, however. Still, that doesn't account for the four speaker grills, which would be a first for the iPhone. As MacRumors noted: "it doesn't seem viable for a speaker to sit so close to the camera module, unless the reorientation of the camera and LED flash holes from a horizontal alignment across the rear of the handset, to a vertical arrangement running down it, somehow allows for the possibility. In addition, it's unclear what benefit four speakers would have in such a small profile over one or even two of them."
Another leak emerged on May 23 via nowhereelse.fr, a reliable tipster source, showing the rear panel of the iPhone 7. It's worth noting that the plate from the first leak we mentioned matches up with this image. This image also shows a supposed iPhone casing with a protruding camera lens--something the iPhone 7 has been rumored to ditch in favor for a flat lens. The aperture on this iPhone is also much larger than on the current iPhone 6s--perhaps to allow for a more detailed image sensor or upgraded camera module.

Intel will supply half of the faster LTE chips for the iPhone 7

Corroberating reports earlier in the year, DigiTimes claims that Intel will supply up to 50% of the faster LTE chips to be included in the iPhone 7. "Intel will itself package the modem chips for the upcoming new iPhones, but have contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and tester King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) to manufacture the chips, the sources said," the site claims.
f true, the report meshes with the iPhone's current LTE chip supplier Qualcomm, which hinted on its last financial call that a competitor had secured modem orders for a large contractor of Qualcomm's.

Report says iPhone 7 supplier orders are through the roof

Contradicting earlier reports, a new report from Barron's Asia says Apple has told its Asian parts suppliers to prepare for the highest iPhone production target in "about two years". Barron's says Apple has requested between 72-78 million units of the new iPhone 7. That's much higher than the 65 million units that analysts had predicted. 

Apple iPhone 7 Will Use LG G5 Dual-Camera Technology

Apple will apparently use LG for the dual-camera technology inside its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus models. I can’t say I blame them either; the LG G5’s camera is bloody superb and was easily one of my favourite features of the phone when I tested it a couple of months back.
But why the switch to LG at the 11th hour?
Apple had commissioned Sony to build the camera units for its upcoming iPhone 7 range. However, Sony is now said to be struggling with the demands placed on it and this has resulted in Apple seeking an additional source (LG) for camera units as well, which means, if true, that BOTH Sony and LG will be making units for Apple’s iPhone 7.
News of the last minute addition to Apple’s iPhone 7 build comes via Nomura Securities, which said the following, according to 9to5Mac:
“We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the April earthquake in Kumamoto. As a result, we think LGI will gain majority share of the initial dual camera orders from Apple; hence, we upgrade to Buy.”
This is great news for LG and even better news for iPhone fans because the LG G5’s dual-camera unit was utterly superb, offering a depth of field previously impossible on phones. Apple will not use the same unit though; it will be tinkered with and updated and brought in-line with the iPhone’s internal spec. This should not be cause for concern, though, because Apple has a solid track record with its cameras, which have just got better and better with each new iteration.
Additional reports have also confirmed that Apple will bring OIS to the standard iPhone 7 models as well. Previously this technology was reserved for the more expensive -- and better -- Plus models. This year, however, the differentiating factor will be the dual-cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus models. And that by itself is quite a USP, indeed!

iPhone 7 Renders Mocked-Up Based On Technical Schematics

We've seen a few technical CAD schematics leaked in the past few weeks via reliable tipster @OnLeaks, a source with a good enough track record in these things to make us think the diagrams will be pinpoint accurate. However, looking at technical drawings often doesn't give that much of a "feel" of what the forthcoming smartphone will actually look like; the most compelling visual aid is frequently the official press render or product render, which is why handset makers use them in their promotional material, of course. But more often than not, we don't get to see official renders until very near to a device launch.
Luckily some talented artists are capable of taking leaked schematics and mocking-up some very convincing 3D renders, and as of May 19 that's exactly what has happened for the iPhone 7. GSMArena was fortunate enough to be sent this set of renders which have been put together to replicate the official Apple product shot style, while using the detail from the leaked schematics; the result is probably the closest we're going to get to seeing the actual iPhone 7 until it launches later this year. Naturally the colour options are not based on the drawings or any insider information, it's simply an assumption based on the colour options Apple currently offers and which have not changed in the last couple of generations.
And the details we can see? Well a lot of it is illustrating what we've heard before; for example, Apple has attempted to make the antenna bands more discreet and has moved them to the extremities of the bodywork. Additionally, while it is quite tight to the bodywork, there is a discernable camera bump, and we can see the Lightning port, punched speaker grilles, and the position of the control keys.
There isn't a shot showing the top of the phone, so we can't see the presence or absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, although the current consensus at time of writing seems to be that the iPhone 7 will ditch it in favour of Apple's proprietary solution.

Foxconn Ramps Up Staff For iPhone 7 Production

Apple is said to be on something of a recruitment drive in China ahead of production of its upcoming iPhone 7 handsets. There will be three models, according to reports, and while the design is expected to be familiar to the iPhone 6s, a lot of the internals and core elements will have changed and for this reason Apple is upping recruitment as it wants everybody tooled-up for when production kicks off in earnest.
But there could also be some design changes too, according to new leaks now widely reported around the web, meaning previous reporting about the iPhone 7 looking identical to the iPhone 6s might have been a little off the mark.
“Interestingly,” says 9to5Mac, “the report notes that the surge in hiring at Foxconn and Pegatron is happening earlier than usual (‘at least a month earlier’). Apparently, the new Apple iPhone includes a ‘more complex design’ than previous models meaning suppliers need more time to train staff about the assembly process.”
Nevertheless, a more complex design doesn’t necessarily mean new looks, although that appears to be what’s being implied. The new design could refer to new internal components like the rumoured dual-lens camera. Beyond this there could be additional changes to the outer chassis build materials, the removable of antenna markings, and a thinner overall design.

Apple iPhone 7 Leaks In Gold

An image has leaked online allegedly showing the rear panel of the iPhone 7 in a gold colouration, this is said to be the 4.7in iPhone 7 model and not the Plus or Pro variant, hence the single-lens camera. The snap emerged on Chinese social network Weibo, though some are already calling into question the authenticity and it is possible this could indeed be a fake. Still, a gold colour option seems pretty likely given what Apple already has on sale in its retail outlets. The design shown appears to have rounder edges and corners than the current iPhone 6s generation, which could fit with previous leaks alleging that Apple is moving back towards an iPhone 4s style bodyshell for the next few generations; allegedly the iPhone 7s series will very closely resemble the iPhone 4s but will be made predominantly from curved glass. The newly leaked gold iPhone image also shows that the antenna bands have been moved to the top and bottom - not the first time we've seen suggestions that Apple wants to hide these bands. Lastly, there is also a new set of holes or ports between the camera sensor and the LED flash, which could be a laser autofocus module.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo drops some more knowledge on the iPhone 7 rumormill

Kuo now says that contrary to his earlier reports, the iPhone 7 Plus will only come in one model and not two different Plus models. Kuo had previously stated the two iPhone 7 Plus models would differ in their camera offerings: one would have a single lens camera, and one would have a dual lens camera. Now Kuo says there will only be ONE iPhone 7 Plus and it will have a dual lens camera.
“In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch iPhone model (referred to as iPhone 7 Plus), to be launched in 2H16, may come in two versions: one with rear single-camera and the other with rear dual-camera. However, we now believe Apple (US) will only roll out the dual-camera version in 2H16, with 3GB RAM to meet image processing requirements, and we estimate shipments of this model in 2016F of 20-30mn units,” Kuo writes in his latest report.

iPhone 7 blueprints show dual camera and Smart Connector are exclusive to 5.5in iPhone 7 Pro model

uSwitch got its hands on purported blueprints for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and if they are accurate they reveal that the dual camera and Smart Connector rumored for the iPhone 7 will be limited to the 5.5in iPhone 7 Plus model. The drawings were reportedly sourced sourced directly from Taiwan-based Apple casing subcontractor Catcher Technology.
“The blueprints/renders, which come to us via Apple subcontractor Catcher Technology,” uSwitch  writes, “also add heft to claims that the Plus edition will be equipped with a superior dual lens camera. Those of you who opt for the standard iPhone 7 will have to make do with a single lens camera. Both phones’ cameras protrude from their casing, in keeping with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. But this time around, there’s no metal ring around the lens.”

“To further differentiate the larger model, which has been variously dubbed the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro by tech-watchers, Apple will also equip it with a Smart Connector on the rear. This new port, which debuted on the iPad Pro, will not be present on the standard-sized iPhone 7.”

“Dummy” iPhone 7 unit shows flush camera and Smart Connector

A photo of a new dummy unit of a purported iPhone 7 has been sent to MacRumors and it shows the back of the iPhone 7 which clearly has a flush camera. If this is legit it means the iPhone 7 will feature a completely flush design—something we have not seen since the iPhone 5s. But the dummy iPhone depicted in the photographs also show a Smart Connector on the device and the removal of the device’s antenna bands.

The antenna bands being removed from the back of the device have been steadily rumored for a while, but the Smart Connector has had more iffy rumors attached to it. Some rumors say Apple is planning on adding a Smart Connector, while others have said Apple had decided against it. If the company has indeed decided against it, this iPhone 7 dummy could be fake—or it could be an older prototype design that Apple no no longer plans on using.
Besides the flush camera, Smart Connector, and antenna bands shift, the picture also depicts a 3.5mm headphone jack on the device—something that has been rumored to be removed on the iPhone 7.

Depressing drawing shows iPhone 7 will have the same length and width of the iPhone 6s

The sketch is a purported iPhone design drawing and comes to us from French website NWE. It depicts the iPhone 7 as having the exact same measurements as the iPhone 6s, meaning that if the drawing is legit, people should expect a new form factor this year. The dimensions in the drawing are 138.3mm (5.44 inches) in length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) in width. The drawing also shows that the iPhone 7 may have a slightly convex camera housing.

iPhone 7 might not have a Smart Connector after all

In a bit of a let down, a new rumor from Japanese site Mac Otakara says Apple has decided not to include a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7. Smart Connectors were first introduced on the iPad Pro and they allow advanced accessories, such as keyboards to be attached to the device. Rumors had persisted that the iPhone 7 would get the Smart Connector as well, but now Mac Otakara say Apple has decided against including the connector on the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: iPhone 7 To Feature Standard 3.5mm Headphone Port AFTER ALL?

The iPhone 7 rumours have been pretty consistent for a while now claiming that the next model will see Apple abandoning the standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of a proprietary solution that uses purpose-built headphones plugged into the firm's Lightning port; the reason, it's alleged, is that it will allow the iPhone 7 to be thinner than ever (after all, a phone with a 3.5mm jack can't be thinner than 3.5mm), enable a bigger battery cell, and potentially allow for easier waterproofing (assuming, for now, that the rumour that it will be IP certified is also true).
Despite these advantages, the obvious disadvantage that has ruffled more than a few feathers is the lack of compatibility with pretty much every set of headphones on the market, including very advanced, high-tech and expensive ones that audiophile consumers may be very fond of, such as those produced by Bose or Sennheiser. In short, it means the only headphones you could use with the iPhone 7 would be Apple's own design, unless and until third parties start producing Lightning port headphones themselves, that is. Either way, it is a bit of a "screw you" to plenty of existing iPhone users with their own headphone preferences.
Now though, there is evidence that what we've been hearing for so long may not come to pass, or at least aboard the next-gen iPhone 7. An image has emerged from sources inside China, reported via local news source MyDrivers. The photo is claimed to show the circuitry for the iPhone 7 and according to people in the know this circuitry includes components for supporting a 3.5mm headphone port. Here it is:
We should stress that amidst a large body of rumours saying there will be NO 3.5mm port this is the ONLY bit of info so far saying the iPhone 7 WILL have one, and we've no real way of verifying the authenticity at this point, so do take it with a pinch of salt. That said, it does fit with a few bits of other info we've heard so far about Apple's future plans. The most immediate thing which springs to mind is that of all the alleged measurements thrown around for the iPhone 7 none of them are thin enough to really require ditching the 3.5mm jack - the very thinnest suggestion so far claims the bodyshell thickness will be around 6.2mm, so there's still plenty of room for that port in a design of that size.
On a side note, Apple’s EarBuds, while extremely uncomfortable and kind of crappy with respect to sound, do have some wonderful hidden features, which we’ve detailed here — Apple's EarBuds Have TONS of Cool Features You Might Not Know About
Speaking personally, I had no idea Apple’s EarBuds could do even half of thing things listed in Michael’s article. It actually made me dust mine off and start using them for a week or so, before the inevitable pull of my Bose headphones returned.
With the Beats acquisition under its belt, it’ll certainly be interesting to see if Apple switches gears with the iPhone 7’s headphones. Its EarBuds have remained unchanged for the longest time, and with the rise of true HD audio inside the HTC 10 and LG G5 — via its B&P DAC — perhaps 2016 will see Apple venture into the realms of higher quality audio. I mean, it has its own music service now. So why not leverage its Beats technology and make the iPhone the best option for music lovers?
Seems like a no brainer for the company famous for largely redefining the MP3 player, no?
What's more, prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, a man with unnerving accuracy when it comes to iPhone rumours, has submitted multiple reports to investors claiming that the iPhone 7 will buck Apple's usual trend of big updates on the solid number models (ie; non-S variants) and will NOT be a big update with tons of amazing new features. In short, it will be incremental, which makes us think it's unlikely the design will be overhauled to a great extent, nor would we likely see a major overhaul to key hardware features such as the headphone port, alleged waterproofing, or anything in that vein. That kind of thing, says Kuo, is being saved for the 2017 model, whether it's called the iPhone 7s or something else.
All of which leaves us thinking the iPhone 7 will be rather a lot like the iPhone 6s with a few tweaks here and there - completely replacing the headphone jack would not be a small tweak, so we're not so sure it's going to happen in light of this new information. It could also be possible that the Lightning port rumours we heard before are actually relevant to the 2017 model instead.

iPhone 7 Pro: Is This Apple's Third iPhone 7 Model?  

It's expected that Apple will launch its iPhone 7 line-up in September 2016, but at the moment it's not entirely clear whether we'll see one, two, or even three devices under the same branding. Because the last two generations have featured an iPhone and a "Plus" phablet model, that has been something of a default assumption for the next batch, but with Apple diversifying things even further with its "Pro" line for the iPad and the smaller iPhone SE things could go in any number of directions, and there is a very persistent rumour of an iPhone 7 Pro, which is believed to pack a dual-camera sensor setup.
Now Japanese website Mac Fan has stirred things up with a set of schematics which it claims show the details of the iPhone 7 Pro, featuring, amongst other things, that dual-camera sensor. The schematics also show that the iPhone 7 Pro will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in-line with earlier rumours about the iPhone 7 series - it's thought instead Apple is opting for a proprietary solution which uses the firm's Lightning port design. We can also see that in terms of dimensions the iPhone 7 Pro will be very similar in size, shape and overall design to the existing iPhone 6s Plus, apparently confirming analyst Ming-chi Kuo's assertion that the next major re-design will be 2017's iPhone range. A set of three small holes has been pointed out on the rear of the handset shown in the schematic, but it's not clear what role they fulfil, however, some have proposed wireless charging capabilities.
Once again, this all ties in fairly well with Kuo's claims that the iPhone series in 2016 will be incremental and will not really offer any major selling points to appeal to consumers, particularly those who own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s series device.

Don’t Expect An OLED Display On The iPhone 7

Those hoping for an OLED display on the iPhone 7 might be disappointed. New reports from The Korea Herald say Samsung has landed a deal with Apple to supply them with 100 million OLED displays in 2017. If that’s true, it’s unlikely that Apple has an alternative supplier of OLEDs lined up for 2016. That means don’t expect the tech on the iPhone 7 that is expected to be unveiled in September.
For those not in the know, OLED displays don’t need the traditional backlighting LCD displays need. This means the bezels of devices can be thinner because they don’t need to house extra lighting. Thinner bezels mean a phone has a better chance of having an edge-to-edge display. OLEDs can also produce more vivid colors and sharper images.
The lack of OLED displays in the iPhone 7 give further weight to the rumors that the iPhone 7 will feature a design similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. If true, it would break with Apple’s two-year design upgrade cycle.

More Bad News For People Hoping For An All-New iPhone 7 Design

All signs point to the iPhone 7 have the same design style as the iPhone 6s and two-year-old iPhone 6. And the latest research note from superstar and virtually always accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to confirm it. Why? Because Kuo is saying that the 2017 iPhone will sport an all-new glass body. There’s no way Apple would offer a redesigned iPhone two years in a row—which is why the news of a glass-bodies iPhone in 2017 spells bad news for the iPhone 7.
As Kuo reports: “If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Apple’s (US) competitors are also adopting aluminum casings, which means iPhone no longer has a clear edge due to a lack of differentiation. On expectations that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly motivated to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new form-factor design.”

iPhone 7 Plus To Feature “Smart Connector”

Another picture of the rumoured iPhone 7 Plus has surfaced online. The image was posted by a Chinese website and picked up by Mac Otakara, who says the image is likely the real deal. What’s interesting here, though, is the three dots at the bottom, which are believed to be a Smart Connector for keyboard support.
With respect to design, however, the iPhone 7 is expected to be very similar to the iPhone 6s. Reports of a dramatic redesign, then, might have jumped the gun. Ditto for claims that the handset will be 6.1mm thin. According to the report, all iPhone 7 models will be more or less the same size as last year’s iPhone 6s lineup.
“True Tone display support, which adjusts the display to match the temperature of the ambient lighting in a room,” notes Mac Rumors, “could be added to the iPhone if Apple upgrades the ambient light sensors so they measure colour in addition to brightness.”
So it looks like the removal of the headphone jack, potentially higher resolution displays, and dual-cameras will be the iPhone 7’s big USPs for 2016/17.

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