Apple tends to redesigns iPhones once every couple of years, but it appears that the iPhone 7 is not going to be getting a major design change this year. According to the Wall Street Journal report, this year’s flagship iPhone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will only come with subtle modifications. The most crucial among them being the removal of a 3.5mm audio jack.
The next-generation upcoming iPhones will use Lightning connectors for charging and connecting headphones. Apple will include a 3.5mm Lightning adapter with the devices so you can use your 3.5 mm headphones with the new iPhone as well.
It’s said that the removal of a 3.5mm headset jack will enable Apple to make the new devices about 1 mm thinner than the current iPhones. It is also said to enhance their water-resistance. That said, the iPhones are expected to feature display screens similar to those found on the iPhone 6 and 6s devices. Screen resolution is also expected to remain unchanged.
The Wall Street Journal noted that Apple isn’t significantly altering the design of this year’s devices because, while the company is working on a bunch of new technologies, these take a while to be implemented. Thus, that long rumored dual rear camera – shown in the image above – might not make it into the final design of the latest iPhone. Another major new feature that is seemingly saved for iPhones coming in 2017 or beyond may be a curved OLED display with embedded fingerprint sensor.
Is Apple going to Save iPhone 7 for 2017 ?
Most of us are expecting this year’s iPhone to be called the iPhone 7, however, according to a rumor by Venture Beat Apple might not be launching the iPhone 7 this year. Rumours indicate that Apple is going to save the iPhone 7 for 2017 when the company will celebrate its 10 year anniversary.
Venture Beat speculated that, with the 2016 iPhones, Apple appears to be moving to a three-year redesign cycle. So next year, when an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will probably be released, they should bring a bunch of new features and upgrades, possibly including glass backs, and OLED displays with embedded fingerprint sensors. If the iPhone 7 name is in fact saved for 2017, we’re really curious to see what this year’s iPhone will be named.