We are almost 8 months away from the launch of the next flagship smartphone by Apple, but as tradition goes, the Internet is already abuzz with several leaks and rumors of the supposed 'iPhone 7'. While quite early into the yearly refresh cycle, these rumors are surely expected with iPhone being the highest selling smartphone in the world.
The lineup from Apple's mobile bandwagon has seen quite a bit of expansion in the past decade. Starting off with just the iPhone in 2007, we are now expecting an iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Mini 5, and we are just getting started. With last year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales topping the charts, we can say for certain that 2016 will be another record year for the Cupertino giant.
Here are the top 6 iPhone 7 rumors and leaks for 2016.
No Headphone Jack?
First things first, the biggest controversy around this year's iPhone launch is the extinction of the crucial Headphone/3.5mm/Auxilliary jack. This is the jack which has stayed loyal to your smartphone, when other ones left it astray. Used for connecting all the major makes of headphones and speakers in the world - Apple is all set to abandon this port - as strong rumors suggest.
The company insists on using the Lightning port for headphone connections. And if you're thinking that this is being done to make the iPhone thinner, think again. The primary reason for this modification is that the space taken by the 3.5mm jack inside the phone is much more than that taken by the Lightning port. Apple can then utilize the extra space to add some more juice to your smartphone, so that you don't complain how poor your iPhone's battery life is anymore.
Dual-Camera setup with Optical Zoom
Following the trail of the ‘Plus' model getting better camera hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to sport a Dual-Camera setup, according to KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While such rumors pop up every now and then, this source is highly trusted and Ming is known to have provided accurate leaks in the past. He recently sent out a research memo for the same.
The iPhone 7 Plus will reportedly have an enhanced camera with dual-lens optics, a feat made possible through Apple ‘s acquisition of Israeli company LinX last year. LinX has been praised for providing DSLR-level optics in mobile systems and Apple is expecting to achieve the same level of quality on their next-gen phablet iPhone. The company will reportedly use two 12MP sony sensors, with Optical Zoom on one model.
Streamlined exterior design features
The iPhone has been criticized of its out-of-the-place design on the back panel, since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With the antenna bands and the camera module sticking out, it isn't the sleekest smartphone in the world. All this is set to change as Apple is planning a huge design makeover. Working on a thinner camera module this time around, the next iPhone will have a rear camera sensor that is well inside the aluminum casing.
Also, instead of antenna bands on the back panel, Apple is working on a technology that will enable the bands to operate even when placed on the edges of the smartphone. This way, they won't be visible easily, making the iPhone look more pleasing to the human eye. While not major cosmetic changes are expected, these two changes are pivotal in terms of the sheer engineering involved to make them possible.
Slimmer bezels and Wet Finger Support
While waterproofing has been an expected feature on the iPhone 7, Wet Finger Support is something that you've probably never heard of yet. Currently, when you use your iPhone with wet fingers, it has trouble registering your actions due to the nature of water, that is capacitive. With a new technology called ‘Pixel Eyes', formulated by Japan Display, using your phone with wet fingers can now be made possible in their second-generation product.
Japan Display is already a supplier for Apple's mobile unit and it would be interesting to see if the company indeed uses this technology on the screens of the next-gen iPhone. The new technology also allows for thinner and slimmer bezels, from 0.8mm to 0.5mm.
iPhone 5SE is the new 4-inch smartphone from Apple
Apple abandoned the 4-inch form factor on its iPhone devices, way back in 2014. But a lot of the company's fans didn't quite take the change well. They wanted the sleek 4-inch design to come back. Well, it seems, Apple has listened to their woes (surprisingly) and is bringing back the 4-inch iPhone, supposedly named iPhone 5SE - where E stands for enhanced.
It was first expected to be named the ‘iPhone 6C' but now all the rumors confirm that it will indeed be oddly named the ‘iPhone 5SE'. Packing in specs from the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5SE will be announced late March 2016.