While some people are upset that the iPhone 7 is said to be very similar to the iPhone 6s, Mac Rumors has good news if you can just wait one more year.
“Rumors suggest Apple’s 2016 iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6s, with major changes to the iPhone’s form factor actually coming in 2017, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the device’s initial launch. Apple blogger John Gruber recently shared some tantalizing details about the 2017 iPhone, which may see some radical design tweaks.”
The article adds that Gruber says he hears the 2017 iPhone will include an edge-to-edge display that gets rid of the top and bottom bezels on the device. The front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors will actually be hidden under the display. This caused a lot of excitement in the comments section.
“That design and long range wireless charging? I’d preorder it today for release in 2017,” says 1Zach1.
“So many rumors. A lot haven’t gotten me excited but this one does,” claims Zac Nicholson.
There is still some excitement for the iPhone 7, even though the design changes don’t appear to be major. BGR has the news surrounding new leaks.
“Leaks surrounding Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have certainly accelerated over the past few days, as Apple’s manufacturing partners are likely now gearing up for production. On Wednesday we saw digital drawings leak that were said to be the genuine article, and they showed us a two-dimensional representation of what this year’s new iPhones will look like.”
The article adds that 3D CAD drawings have now been made to give an even better representation on what both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will look like.
The commenters after the article aren’t impressed.
“So same fugly phone with huge bezels. Yeah Apple. It will also have the same outdated and featureless iOS,” says AppleSwine.
“I honestly might not upgrade if it’s just an iPhone 6s with no audio jack. This is crazy. I really hope Apple is just fooling us with these and the real iPhone 7 is that ‘2017 iPhone’ that we are getting this year,” claims JohnJ14.
“The iPhone 6s has the dubious distinction of being the first iPhone ever to sell fewer models than its predecessor. And it’s not underperforming the iPhone 6 by a little bit — Apple sold 51.2 million iPhones last quarter, 10 million fewer than it sold during the first three months of 2015.”
The article adds that on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the percentage of customers who are upgrading from older iPhones to the iPhone 6s is way lower than those who upgraded to the iPhone 6 one year before. However, as others have noted, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s aren’t really major upgrades and some think the real test of the iPhone brand will occur when Apple releases the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7s.
Meanwhile, Apple is being beaten in both sales and reviews by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Do you think the iPhone is on its way to irrelevancy, or is Apple just suffering from a temporary slump? Let us know in the comments section.
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