Apple is expected to launch next-gen 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 7" models this September, within its usual timeframe. The previous iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s design will see minor tweaks, as Apple is believed to be planning a revised chassis that will reduce visible antenna bands. Expect a faster processor, better camera, and potentially the elimination of the 3.5mm headphone jack, requiring either Lightning or Bluetooth headphones.
? Will probably ship in September
? Tweaked, thinner design
? Next-gen A10 chip, better camera
? 16/64/128GB capacities
? Starting at $199 on contract, $649 without
? Could ditch 3.5mm headphone jack
? Smart Connector for charging (5.5" only?)
? Dual camera & 3GB RAM (5.5" only?)
? Probably ? Maybe ? Probably not
Appearance & Design
Reports suggest Apple's next-gen iPhone will be even thinner than current models, potentially between 6.0 to 6.5mm thick. Some rumors claim the device will move away from an all-metal construction to a new as-yet-unknown material, possibly ceramic. Recently, though, accounts have indicated the phone will be largely identical to its predecessors, at least on the surface.
The phone may or may not be fully waterproof, which would be an evolution from the iPhone 6s, which is only partially water-resistant. If the headphone jack does disappear, it may be replaced with a second speaker.
"Plus" models may come with a Smart Connector on the back. The iPad Pro can recharge through its Smart Connector, so it's possible the addition of the magnetic port to the iPhone 7 could allow new ways to dock or use an external battery case without relying on Lightning. The tech could also let people listen to audio through the Lightning port while recharging.
Apple is thought to be preparing a standard two-model offering for 2016, sticking with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes.
The Smart Connector-bearing "iPhone" bears a striking resemblance to Futurama's Bender.
Some late parts leaks feature an extra hole positioned just below the iPhone's existing rear-facing microphone. Its intended purpose is unkown, though some have speculated the aperture might be used for a fast autofocus system or stereo sound recording.
Apple will likely introduce a new system-on-chip design in 2016 which, if current naming conventions hold, should be dubbed A10. An M10 motion coprocessor is also likely to make an appearance, presumably embedded into the A-series SoC as with 2015's M9 design.
Apple has reportedly tapped Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to handle all A10 processor orders, a change from the iPhone 6s, which saw its A9 dual-sourced from TSMC and Samsung.
The 7 Plus should be equipped with a dual-lens camera, possibly using two 12-megapixel sensors -- the second supporting a 2-3x telephoto lens. One case leak suggests that the standard iPhone 7 might at least have a very different camera design, and rumors have hinted the phone will gain optical image stabilization, previously a Plus-only feature.
To the dismay of some, one or both models should carry over the "camera bump" seen on the iPhone 6/6s. To handle extra processing requirements the 7 Plus could sport 3GB of RAM, up from the 2GB alloted to the iPhone 6s.
Internal storage allotments are rumored to also increase to a maximum of 256GB for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, double that of current iPhone models. Less reliable claims suggest Apple will move baseline storage up to 32GB, though such a move would run counter to the compnay's push toward the cloud.
The phone could come equipped with a 7.04Whr battery, an upgrade from the 6.61Whr in the iPhone 6s.
No hard evidence exists regarding Apple's iPhone 7 launch plans, but the company traditionally debuts its smartphones in early September with sales following one week later. With the iPhone 6s, however, preorders went live two weeks prior to shipments.