“The most notable change is the inclusion of a much-rumored dual-lens camera with a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure, as opposed to two separate circular camera openings depicted in some online renderings.”
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) March 15, 2016
MacRumors adds that the dual-lens camera is accompanied by a microphone and an LED flash, as seen on previous iPhones, while the antenna bands have been relocated to the top and bottom edges of the smartphone. Reportedly, there are also three small dots on the bottom of the iPhone 7 Plus that are likely in place for a Smart Connector, which is a new interface introduced by the iPad Pro.
Commenters after the article were underwhelmed.
“No bloody way is that thing going to make it to market. The camera lens looks like the face of that little robot that hovers in the movie Wall-E,” claimed brinary001.
“Omg. thats FUGLY. im glad that I have my iphone 6 and was not planning to upgrade!” said thasan.
However, there is at least one person that’s a little excited about the iPhone 7 Plus based on the picture.
“I’m digging the lack of antennae bands, and the double camera could definitely grow on me,” claims AngerDanger.
It’s important to note that all of the alleged photos and renderings of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reveal no headphone jack. CNNMoney has the news about Apple working on wireless earbuds.
“Apple has been granted a patent for new EarPod headphones, which could hint at what’s going to ship with the new iPhone 7. The new patent, granted on Tuesday, is for headphones that connect to an iPhone both wirelessly and with a wire. They can be used without being plugged in, but have a connector that lets you magnetically attach a cord to the earbuds and plug the other end into a jack.”
There was controversy after it was revealed that Apple is removing the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, BGR feels removing it is a brilliant idea.
BGR quotes a San Francisco designer who believes that removing the headphone jack will allow for a thinner design, as well as more screen space. It also makes it possible for Apple to remove the Home button, which he argues is good. However, not everybody is happy about Apple’s alleged plans to remove the headphone jack. Approximately 298,000 people have already signed a petition against Apple’s plans at the Some of Us petition site.
According to the Telegraph, Apple could also be working on wireless charging for the next iPhone.
“The Californian company is reported to be developing a form of wireless charging which frees the iPhone from needing to be placed on a charging mat, the most commonly used format currently.”
The article adds that all current wireless charging devices require a pad for mobile devices to rest on. It looks like the new iPhone won’t even require that. If this is true, then Apple has created a major technology breakthrough.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are scheduled to be announced and released in September. Both phones will have to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, both of which have received fantastic reviews. Will Apple come out on top again with the iPhone 7 series? Tell us what you think in the comments section.
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