It’s seems like it was only yesterday that I was watching the shopfront shenanigans unfold for the iPhone 6 launch.
With the Apple rumour mill in overdrive, it’s particularly difficult to pin-point exactly what might be revealed. Are we going to say good-bye to the headphone jack? Will we be #blessed with two rear cameras? And let’s not forget all the chatter surrounding the rumoured 4-inch iPhone. Let’s take a look at what the newest iPhone(s) might behold.
Naming Rumours: iPhone 7, iPhone 5se, iPhone SE
With a few names being tossed around like iPhone 7 and iPhone se, it’s looking to me like Apple might release three new iPhone models later this year – two of them could be immediate successors to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (I’m thinking the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus), which would make, in my opinion, a deviation from the traditional chronology of iPhone model releases possible (hey there, iPhone se).
It’s become Apple’s style over the years to “surprise” us all by dropping multiple new models at once – the iPhone 6 release was accompanied by Apple’s first attempt at a phablet device, the iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014, and the year prior they launched both the iPhone 5s and 5c.
So what do I think we expect to see from the release of these three seemingly different mobiles?
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Rumours: The Basics
Rumours about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been flowing through thick and fast. Here are some of the main ones that’ve piqued my interest:
- The headphone jack will be replaced by a second speaker
- The iPhone 7 will be thinner than the current iPhone 6s
- It may even be waterproof
- Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 Plus is rumoured to feature dual rear cameras
- And there’s even been talk of wireless charging.
iPhone se Rumours: The Basics
Speculation has been a lot quieter surrounding the smaller and potentially cheaper iPhone se. There’s one rumour however that’s remained pretty consistent – that this could be a 4-inch iPhone and significantly cheaper than the flagship iPhone 7.
While history would indicate that the iPhone se will share all the same features as Apple’s flagship smartphones, it could potentially have the same A9 processor as the iPhone 6S. So could it replace the outgoing iPhone 5S? It’s not entirely out of the question.
Camera Rumours: Dual Lenses?
Since Apple launched a patent application for a dual-lens smartphone camera earlier this year, the focus has been on whether there’ll be two camera lenses instead of one.
So how would it work? I imagine they’d be used separately or simultaneously, and when used together your photos would come out with better depth and focus. It’s probably not out of scope to suppose that each lens would have slightly different functions – one would capture a standard image while the other would have stronger focussing capabilities so you could better zoom in on details without distorting your photos. Either way it’s interesting to not that Apple bought the company that makes the tech possible for a dual-lens (make of that what you want).
Reports don’t agree on whether this would feature across both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus or just the latter. Regardless, it looks like we’re in store for super high-quality camera specs this time around – and who’d complain about that?
Body Rumours: Thinner, Better, Faster, Stronger?
But speaking of complaints, we can’t seem to escape the rumours that Apple will be removing the headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone.
Hate the idea? You’re not alone – just under 300 000 people have signed a petition to keep the standard headphone jack, but that won’t necessarily stop Apple from removing the feature. It seems to be a move to spruik Bluetooth wireless headphones (remember, Apple owns Beats electronics), but also a way around making their iPhones even thinner.
But your worries that all your headphones will suddenly become redundant might be misplaced – well, that’s if you reckon that Apple are further developing their all-in-one Lightning connector. The Lightning connector currently used as a charging port could be used for headphones if a separate adaptor is developed. And while you’ll have to fork out a little extra cash for the adaptor, it’ll be friendlier on your wallet than splurging on Bluetooth headphones.
Another major rumour? That the next-generation iPhone will be waterproof and shatterproof. Word of a new “sapphire” display and coating around the device could make it at least water-resistant instead of completely waterproof, as well as shatterproof. Breathing a sigh of relief? Even if you don’t believe the rumour, it would be a smart move for Apple – both Samsung and Sony have already launched water resistant phones, so Apple do have a bit of catching up to do there in my opinion.
Keeping Up with the Pack: Wireless Charging
Speaking of catching up, there have been a swirl of rumours that Apple will finally delve into wireless charging. While some seem to think that wireless charging will come in 2017 rather than accompany the launch of the next-generation iPhone, others have focussed on long-range wireless charging instead. But just like all the murmurs surrounding the new iPhone(s), we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how they play out.
What are you most excited to see on the next iPhone? Believe any of the rumours flying around? Let me know in the comments below – I’m keen to hear what you all think.
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