The iPhone 7 won’t be announced for several months, but there is already speculation on what 2017’s iPhone will be like. MacRumors has the news.
“Apple is planning a major overhaul of the iPhone for 2017, including the adoption of an all-new curved glass casing paired with a curved 5.8-inch AMOLED display, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.”
The article notes that Apple is seeking to move away from the metal casing design and will return to the glass-backed design that was used for the iPhone 4 and 4s, but take it to the next level. The future smartphone will also have wireless charging and improved biometric recognition capabilities. Commenters after the article are excited.
“5.8 in screen with thin bezels in the 5.5 form factor… I’m in,” says Arggg14.
“This is great news. My only wish is that it releases in early 2017, so that i don’t have to wait 18 months to get this,” says Misterpip.
“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 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.
One thing that the iPhone 7 likely won’t have is a headphone jack. Wireless earbuds have become all the rage lately and are something that Apple may capitalize on for the upcoming iPhone 7. CNNMoney has the news.
“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.”
In other words, Apple has patented a unique concept: hybrid, detachable headphones. They’re wireless when you want them to be and have a wire when you need one. Still, there are quite a few iPhone fanatics who are upset about Apple going wireless, with many signing a petition against Apple’s plans at the Some of Us petition site.
“Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again. Forbes and FastCompany are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now,” the petition, which has received nearly 300,000 signatures, claims.
Are you upset about Apple allegedly removing the headphone jack on the next iPhone? What features would you like to see the most on the iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments section.
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