WSJ: iPhone 7 won’t have a major design change

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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