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iPhone 7 concept imagines ultrathin smartphone
Preorders of the new phone have already hit 3.4 million in China, according to reports. The new phone will ship on March 31.
Apple fans can now devote their full attention to what the iPhone 7 will look like. As part of the new trend for leaks related to the smartphone, a new concept video imagines an ambitious version.
ConceptsiPhone is responsible for the video, which shows an ultrathin iPhone that has no bezels on the side. The ultrathin handset is also made possible by the absence of a headphone jack.
That particular rumor has been gaining traction online and garnering criticism from many Apple fans. While some welcome the idea of a thinner iPhone, others resent the fact that they will effectively be forced to invest in a set of wireless headphones.
4K screen and 12-megapixel selfie camera seem unlikely
The video imagines a Home button that changes color based on which notifications it receives, as well as changing images. The idea of a digital home button seems outlandish, but it has been seen on other concepts.
The artist imagines a 4K retina dispplay, 12-megapixel front-facing HD camera and a 20-megapixel rear camera. While these specs sound impressive, they are way beyond what rival smartphone manufacturers are building into their iPhone competitors.
However other rumors abound that Apple is working on a dual-camera module for the iPhone 7. The unit, developed using technology from Israeli company LinX, would enable far better performance in low light.
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A 4K display seems especially unlikely as it is is largely unnecessary on a smartphone. The same could be said of a 20-megapixel camera given the quality of photos that are already possible with the iPhone 6s.
The artist also imagines an upgraded 3D Touch 2 and a 2 GHz octa-core processor. Apparently storage options would include 16GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.
Again this seems unlikely given the fact that Apple users are complaining that 16 GB is barely sufficient to make use of the iPhone at its best. The loss of a 32 GB option makes little sense.
The 256 GB model makes slightly more sense, even though it is a huge amount of storage for a smartphone. Reports have previously surfaced of a 256 GB with an eye to matching the Samsung Galaxy S7, which can handle micro SD cards of that size.
Further evidence is provided by the offer of iPad Pro models with 256 GB. Many people are now predicting that Apple will release a top-of-the-range iPhone 7 Pro, which would match the iPhone with the iPad and MacBook ranges.
As it stands we are still months away from the release of the new generation smartphone. Assuming Apple sticks to its normal launch schedule, we should see the phone around fall 2016.
Everything you see in the media these days is still just a rumor, so take it with a pinch of salt. It doesn’t hurt to dream though!