Rumors that sound reasonably credible are starting to appear for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in 2017. The current state-of-the-rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 will have some nice features, but a 10th anniversary iPhone next year is the one that will have the stunning new look and feel.
Will the iPhone 7 be a spectacular leap forward in its design? Many sources are suggesting that the next iPhone, whatever the name, won't have a dramatic change to its physical appearance. That's what sources are pointing to for 2017 instead. Here's what the rumor mill is saying.
First, a leaked photo, not authenticated, suggests that the iPhone 7 in September will "not be a significant redesign" from the iPhone 6s. This is from Cult of Mac. We first heard about this from Rene Ritchie at iMore last week in the 13 May Particle Debris.
Subsequent to that, Business Insider reported that "The CEO of Catcher Technology, a major Apple supplier, has seemingly confirmed a big iPhone rumor." Namely, that the iPhone 7 is going to be "fairly boring" [visually] and that an exciting iPhone will actually have to wait for 2017, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.
Looking at what's been reported for each version in these articles, and others, we have:
iPhone 7 - 2016
- Removal of antenna gaps/lines.
- Removal of 3.5 mm audio jack.
- Inductive charging.
- Final implementation of LCD display.
- Dual cameras (wide-angle & telephoto) in Plus model.
While that's a healthy list, there isn't much in the way of exciting visual changes to the hardware. For the iPhone 8, we have:
iPhone 8 - 2017
- Wireless charging.
- Glass body around metal frame.
- Bezel free edge-to-edge display.
- AMOLED 4K display.
- Possible use of display for Touch ID, eliminating the space consuming home button.
The iPhone 8 might look like this as a result.
Of course, many of the significant changes that the supply chain doesn't have access to could appear in major new software features of iOS 10 this year and iOS 11 in 2017. This will likely include additional security measures that would make an iPhone essentially unhackable.
My take on these rumors is that there's enough independent information to begin to form a picture of what we might see in September. If the list for the iPhone 7 comes to pass, there will be millions who will want to upgrade. But the question is, as always, how many milions? It could well depend on what's offered in iOS 10.
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