Apple's flagship iPhone launch is slated for September each year, but due to the massive popularity of their devices, rumors start floating online well before the event happens. This time is no exception and the upcoming 'iPhone 7' has supposedly been leaked by prolific leaker - OnLeaks.
This leaked design and other source reports suggest that the iPhone 7 will have minor design changes but ones that seem smart according to Apple's strategy. Here are the top 6 takeaways from the current rumors that we have regarding the iPhone 7.
Say no to antenna bands
One of the biggest design flaws on the iPhone 6 and 6S is placement of antenna bands, specifically visible on the Gold and Silver variants. White and Grey bands running across the back of your device are not something that their design engineers would have been proud of, and Apple seems to be changing that with the next-gen iPhone. These new design leaks show that the antenna bands will be cut into the aluminum chassis itself, preventing them from being visible on the device's exteriors. It gives the iPhone a much cleaner and neater look.
An upgraded camera
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.
While trusted sources are seldom inaccurate, this one seems to be hanging on a thin rope. The recent design renders suggest that there might not be a dual-camera setup on any of the new models of the iPhone. Cutouts on the back panel have only place for a camera sensor and an LED flash. An important thing to note here is that the camera has been moved slightly to the edges of the smartphone this time.
Enhanced design language
The iPhone has been criticized for 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.
The first waterproof iPhone?
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, which 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.
Headphone jack is abandoning the ship
The biggest controversy around this year's iPhone launch is the extinction of the crucial Headphone/3.5mm/Auxilliary jack. This is the jack that 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.
The iPhone 5SE is here next week
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 expected to be named the 'iPhone 6C' first, 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.