We’re only four(ish) months away from the iPhone 7’s release date.
As you’d expect from an Apple iPhone launch, there’s been loads of rumours and leaks – and if they’re correct, the iPhone 7 is going to be very different to your standard iPhone update.
The most prevalent rumours suggest the iPhone 7 will have no headphone jack and a dual-camera – and another new leak from @evleaks appears to confirm that, too.
So what will the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Pro actually be like? Here are the 11 rumours you need to know before the iPhone 7’s September release date.
1. The iPhone 7 release date will be in September
Almost every iPhone – apart from the iPhone SE – is released in the last few weeks of September, and we don’t think the iPhone 7 will be any different. New reports are suggesting that companies who are expected to supply components for the iPhone 7 are already ramping up production, and that fits in with a September release date perfectly.
2.There WILL be an iPhone 7 Pro
We’re expecting at least two iPhone 7s this September. That’s because in addition to an iPhone 7, we should be seeing the launch of a brand new model; the iPhone 7 Pro. It’s very possible that Apple will use the iPhone 7 Pro as a more extreme flagship model too, so those rumours of a Smart Connector and headphone jack might appear on the Pro – not the normal iPhone 7. In fact, a new leak by @evleaks and uSwitch appears to show the iPhone 7 Pro too.
3. The iPhone 7’s UK price is likely to stay the same
The cost of Apple’s handset has remained fairly consistent over the years, so we expect the iPhone 7 to launch at around the same price as the iPhone 6s. That means the asking price for the next Apple smartphone should start at around £500 to £550, while the Plus variety should cost between £600 and £650.
4. The iPhone 7 could have a dual-camera – or that be on the iPhone 7 Pro?
Reports from pretty much everywhere suggest the iPhone 7 will have a dual-camera array. The multi-camera technology is reportedly from Linx, a company Apple bought just under a year ago. We think the dual-cameras won’t be used for 3D capability, but will make autofocusing faster and give better low-light pictures. Pretty much what the new Huawei does, then.
However, it looks like not every iPhone 7 could have the new double camera setup. Several experts have suggest the dual-camera array will be reserved for the high-end version of the iPhone 7, which will probably be called the iPhone 7 Pro.
5. At least one iPhone 7 model will say goodbye to its headphone jack
This rumour keeps cropping up, so it’s really starting to look like the headphone jack’s days are numbered. First, code in the iOS 9.3 beta suggested the headphone jack was about to go, and then a research memo acquired by AppleInsider, the iPhone 7 will lose its headphone jack – but gain an extra speaker like the iPad Pro. Most of the leaked pictures we’ve seen of the iPhone 7 also don’t have an headphone jack – so it really might be going.
6. The iPhone 7 will look pretty familiar
The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s are obviously the most refined phones Apple has ever made – buy they weren’t without their faults. While the front of the handsets is pretty sparse, the rear of Apple’s current flagships feature a protruding camera and antenna lines – designed to improve reception. According to a report by Mac Rumors, the iPhone 7 will look similar to the iPhone 6s, but with one major exception. The website’s source says the new iPhone’s rear camera should be flush with the rest of its body – fixing a major gripe of the iPhone 6’s design.
7. The iPhone 7 should give you slightly better battery life (again)
The Chinese site Digi.tech.qq.com leaked images of what could be the iPhone 7’s battery – and it suggests Apple’s next phone could have better battery life.
The image shows a battery with a capacity of 7.04 watt hours (Wh), which is slightly larger than the iPhone 6s’ 6.61Wh. Interestingly, this is almost the same as the iPhone 6’s 7.01Wh. Elsewhere, another report suggests that the iPhone 7 smartphone will include a huge 3,100mAh battery – making it 12.7% larger than that in the iPhone 6s Plus. While that’s already a large increase, improvements in processor efficiency and iOS tweaks mean that figure will probably grow.
8. The iPhone 7 to feature a smart connector port
A leaked picture of the iPhone 7 appears to show a dual camera – but also shows a smart connector, which looks similar to the one already featured on the iPad Pro. If true, that strengthens rumours of a two iPhone 7 models being released this September; a standard iPhone 7 and a more powerful, feature-laden iPhone 7 Pro. When you consider its increased processing power, it makes sense for the iPhone 7 Pro to have an optional keyboard.
9. The iPhone 7’s LEAKED specs look pretty good
Reports suggest the iPhone 7 could come with 3GB of RAM – the largest amount ever shipped in an iPhone. In comparison, the iPhone 6s had 2GB of Samsung LPDDR4 RAM, while the iPhone 6 used 1GB of slower, DDR3 RAM. As for the processor? We expect the iPhone 7 to use an A10 chip, and it’s probably going to be made by either TSMC, Samsung or a combination of the two.
10. The iPhone 7 to finally get proper waterproof casing
The iPhone 6s is more waterproof than we thought, but the iPhone 7 should be totally resistant against liquids. After filing a patent for ports that eject water several months ago, Apple filed another for connections that self-heal – solving one of the main challenges of making a phone waterproof. Besides, it’s about time Apple made a waterproof handset; its rivals like the Samsung S7 and Sony smartphones have been waterproof for ages.
11. The iPhone 7 probably won’t have an OLED screen
Several rumours have pointed to the Apple using an iPhone 7 screen, but it probably won’t happen. Most suggestions have said that Apple will use OLED screens in the future, but we’re expecting them to appear in 2017 or 2018, and that means they’ll probably appear on the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S, instead.