Could the latest Apple iPhone 7 include wireless charging? It appears to be a high likelihood, according to reports.
The Motley Fool, an investor news and research website, said it appears to be a feature Tim Cook and his crew at Apple are cooking up.
There have long been rumors that future Apple iPhone models would eventually do away with the headphone jack in an attempt to create a waterproof device and creating a wireless charging Apple iPhone device would get the company closer to waterproof.
“True, numerous reports say that Apple plans to eliminate the headphone jack in the forthcoming iPhone 7 to further push the boundaries of smartphone thinness. However, it makes sense that Apple will either develop headphones that work with Apple’s Lightning power connector or operate via Bluetooth.”
Even so, Motley Fool said wireless charging could still be a ways off, adding that it could be 2017 and the introduction of the iPhone 7S before the wireless charging is a possibility.
“There may be some distinguishing features between the iPhone 7 and the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 may ship with 2GB RAM, while the iPhone 7 Plus includes 3GB RAM, and the larger-screened iPhone may also include better camera. According to rumors, the iPhone 7 Plus may be available with a dual-lens camera system that offers DSLR-like image quality with 2-3x optical zoom and improved performance in low lighting conditions.”
Mac Rumors noted that Apple is also likely to continue releasing multiple models of each phone in the same year, with the expectation for an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7S later this year and into next year.
The news that the Apple iPhone 7 will have a better camera should not surprise many, but what may still catch a lot off guard is the rumor that Apple could launch original programming with the launch of the iPhone 7, according to a January report in Variety magazine.
“As first reported by Variety, the tech giant has been quietly meeting with Hollywood execs to discuss producing entertainment properties for Apple’s devices and services. The initiative is being led by Eddy Cue, SVP of Internet software and services.”
“In one scenario, Apple would debut exclusive TV shows or other content as part of a larger TV and video service in September, when it is expected to unveil the iPhone 7, TheStreet.com reported Friday, citing an anonymous source.”
The iPhone 7 rumors come as Apple is allegedly planning to launch a new iPhone 5SE, a new iPad Air 3, and a second edition Apple Watch at a March 15 event to be held in California. As Apple is always secretive prior to product launches, but of the information is gleaned from Apple rumor sites that source product suppliers in China and elsewhere who have direct knowledge of the production demands of Apple.
According to the reports, the new iPhone 5SE will replace the iPhone 5S and will be priced around $99, while the iPad Air 3 is expected to be compatible with the accessories released for the iPad Pro after its announcement last year. The new Apple Watch is expected to have more robust internals, though there is speculation since Apple filed a new patent on wearable technology.
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