Just a few days ago, Apple unveiled its 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, which has received decent pre-orders in China. But most Apple fans are looking forward to the iPhone 7 that will arrive in the second half of this year. The iPhone 7 rumors, some from credible sources with proven track records, are proliferating at a torrential pace. Let’s take a look at the features Apple is most likely to incorporate in the iPhone 7.
1- iPhone 7 rumors: wireless charging
In the last few months, there have been consistent rumors and analyst reports that Apple has teamed up with a small company called Energous to incorporate the latter’s wireless charging technology in its future smartphones. Most existing wireless charging technologies require the smartphone to be placed on a charging pad to charge them. In contrast, Energous’ WattUp technology can charge smartphones from a distance of up to 15 feet.
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2- No headphone jack
Back in November 2015, Japanese publication Mac Otakara learned from supply chain sources that Apple was planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack to make its next-gen flagship smartphone slimmer. Removing the headphone jack would allow the company to reduce its thickness to just 6mm. According to the publication, the iPhone 7 headphones will connect only over Bluetooth and Lightning port.
3- Dual-camera setup
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of spilling the beans about Apple’s future product lineup, has said in a research note that Apple was working on a dual-camera design that could dramatically enhance stability and image quality. According to Apple’s patent filing, the setup includes a wide-angle lens and a secondary telephoto lens to capture zoomed-in photos and videos. Photos from both lenses will appear on the same screen through a split-screen view. Once you have taken photos, Apple’s software will merge them to create higher resolution images.
4- No protruding camera and antenna bands
The next iPhone is said to have its camera flush with the rest of the body. The iPhone 7 will also get rid of those ugly plastic antenna bands on the rear that ruined the look of Apple’s past flagship iPhones. It will allow for a cleaner aesthetic with the entirely metallic back.
5- Waterproof and dustproof
Though the iPhone 6S was water-resistant to some extent, Apple never marketed it as a water-resistant phone. Apple has been granted several patents, including one for a ‘self-healing elastomer‘ that covers key openings such as headphone port, USB port to prevent water and dust from getting into the device. The company also owns patent for a technology that uses sound to eject water from speakers. The iPhone 7 is rumored to have a combination of technologies to make it waterproof.
6- Three versions of the iPhone 7
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Apple would launch a special version of the iPhone 7 called iPhone 7 Pro. Kuo believes that the dual-camera setup could be exclusive to the iPhone 7 Pro, which will cost even more than the big-screen iPhone 7 Plus.
7- A tougher build
iPhones are one of the most beautiful gadgets in the world. But thousands of users have complained of cracked, smashed or battered iPhones. The iPhone 7 will reportedly use a curved glass casing made from Bulk Amorphous Alloy, which is a mixture of copper, nickel, titanium, and zirconium. The Bulk Amorphous Alloy is sturdy, light, and scratch-resistant liquid metal that would make the future iPhones smoother and tougher.
The other iPhone 7 rumors include an improved battery life, A10 processor, and increased RAM.