iPhone 7: Will Apple Finally Make A Waterproof Phone?

Apple is set to launch its newest set of smartphones, presumably named the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, later this year. However, as early as now, people are already growing more excited about what the tech giant will bring to the table as far as changes and improvements go.

According to a recent report by Japanese blog Mac Otakara(via Apple Insider), there might be some changes, additions, and improvements to the upcoming iPhone 7, but some features would be identical to previous models.

Here are some points raised by the blog in the report earlier today.

Smartphone Dimensions

The blog claims that the iPhone 7 will have the same dimensions as the iPhone 6s in terms of its length and width.

However, the smartphone will feature a slimmer frame, as claimed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He said that the new phones will boast of an LCD frame that is 1 millimeter thinner than current Apple components in the market.

Both Ming-Chi Kuo and the blog agreed that the new iPhone 7 could be 1 millimeter thinner than previous models.

No Waterproof Feature

In addition, Mac Otakara claims that the upcoming Apple smartphone will not have the waterproof feature that has been talked about in recent weeks. The blog claims that the iPhone 7 will only use the same minimal water resistance features as the iPhone 6s.

No More “Camera Bump”

On the other hand, the Japanese blog confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will feature a camera that is flush to the phone’s back. If the rumor is true, then this would be a cause for relief for Apple fans, who encountered problems because the camera sensors in both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus protruded, which made them scratch-prone.

Dual-Camera Sensors for Higher-end Models

The report also indicated that the iPhone 7 Plus could feature dual-camera sensors at the back of the device. While it is not yet confirmed, a dual-camera feature will greatly enhance the quality of shots taken, especially when they are zoomed in.

“The new dual-camera system promises optical zoom with no moving parts, while also allowing for better noise reduction that’s not available on current phone camera sensors,” according to a report by CNET.

The two cameras at the back are both 12MP snappers, but each one would function differently. One will reportedly feature optical image stabilization and a wider field of view. On the other hand, the other sensor would be a 2-3x telephoto lens.

Unfortunately, the blog pointed out that only the iPhone 7 Plus may possibly get the dual-camera treatment.

Traditional 3.5mm Audio Jack to Disappear

Finally, Mac Otakara reported that the 3.5mm audio jack will be phased out by Apple for its iPhone 7 models. Taking its place could be a secondary phone speaker in order to allow for a stereo sound.

In addition, the blog pointed out that, with the absence of the audio jack, Apple could include a slimmer Lightning port.

However, a few leaked images have been spotted online and believed to belong to the new iPhones. The images were obtained by French website NWE, and first reported on Softpedia. In the images, a headphone jack is present, which could once and for all kill rumors of the 3.5mm jack being ditched in favor of other features.

Like the previous Apple launches, the company will release two smartphones this fall, the iPhone 7 that will likely have a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 7 Plus that may get a 5.5-inch screen.

A third iPhone is said to be coming in the next few weeks, one that would feature lower specifications.

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