With the March 21 release of the 4-inch iPhone SE now behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the long awaited iPhone 7, which is expected to be released later in the year.
While Apple have not officially released any information about the new iPhone, there have been many rumours circulating about the new phone’s specs, design and battery life.
The iPhone 7 will include an all-new iPhone design:
Since the 3GS launched in 2009, Apple has used an alternating ‘S’ naming formula to mark years where the iPhone does not have a major redesign, saving its numbered upgrades for years where design changes are introduced.
Due to the fact that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus were released in 2014, with the “S’ models released last year, it is expected that the next-generation iPhone is to be called the iPhone 7.
Apple will continue releasing two versions of each iPhone:
As consumer needs continue to change, it is predicted that Apple will continue to release two versions of each iPhone.
Apple is said to be planning to stick to the 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes which were first introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Therefore, we can expect to see an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus released this year.
The iPhone 7is set to be released in mid-September
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were unveiled on 9 September 2015 and released to the public on 25 September, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled on 9 September 2014 and released on 19 September.
The same September trend dates back to 2013 when the iPhone 5 was released.
If things play out as they have been for the past 3 years, it is likely that the iPhone 7 reveal will be between the 6th to the 14th of September.
The iPhone 7 is predicted to be even thinner
Mac Rumours predicts that Apple is aiming to make the iPhone 7 thinner, perhaps through the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack which would be replaced by a thinner lightening port.
Eliminating the headphone jack will give Apple more internal space for other components, and Apple will also keep the device slim with the continued use of in-cell panels and TFT-LCD display technology.
There have been some rumours floating around speculating that Apple may replace the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 with a second speaker for stereo audio.
With no headphone jack, wired headphones will connect to the iPhone 7 using its Lightning port and Bluetooth headphones will connect wirelessly. Apple is rumoured to be working on Lightning-equipped EarPods to sell in conjunction with the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 will have a (slightly) longer battery life
One of the minor issues that reviewers had with the iPhone 6S was that it had a smaller battery than the iPhone 6, which meant that battery life from a single charge was reduced. Well, Apple has clearly taken complaints from users to heart and as the iPhone 7 is rumoured to have a larger battery size.
Leaked shots were featured on MacRumours allegedly show the new battery for the iPhone 7. You can clearly see in the image below that the battery is a 7.04watt-hour model, which is up from the 6.61watt-hour model on the iPhone 6S and similar to the 7.01watt-hour battery on the iPhone 6.
While we will just have to wait until we hear official word from Apple, it is likely that more rumours and leaks will be uncovered before the predicted September release date