Apple News : iPhone 7 Humor, Release Date and Price

Are you excited for iPhone 7 launch? Tomorrow is the release date.

We’re not going to lie: this article is super-long, simply because there has been such an incredible number of leaks and rumours about the next iPhone – many of them appearing almost as soon as the previous iPhone was announced. So we’ll sum it up for you:

On 7 September, the new iPhone 7 will be announced – probably alongside an iPhone 7 Plus, which may now be called the iPhone 7 Pro, or that may be a third new iPhone 7 model (no-one really knows the answer to that until launch day). It’s expected to be able to pre-order immediately, and to go on sale on 16 September starting at £539. It will be available in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and… no, not Space Grey, but Space Black. Or Deep Blue. One of the two.

Key changes in the new iPhone 7 will be a new (and flush) dual-camera at the rear, but the loss of the headphone jack (which will allow the new iPhone to become skinnier than ever). Rather than using their existing cans, iPhone 7 owners will be expected to buy a wireless pair or an adaptor that lets them plug in the headphones via the Lightning port.

Performance will be increased, as always, with a new Apple A10 processor, M10 co-processor and, allegedly, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage as standard. And the new iPhone will run the final version of iOS 10 out the box.

Everything else will be much the same, with Apple tipped to be saving up many of its design changes for the 2017 iPhone (the iPhone 8), which will mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. (Indeed, sceptics are suggesting Apple purposely launched its iPhone Upgrade programme last year to push people into two-year contracts, then purposely kept the iPhone 7 very similar to the iPhone 6s so they wouldn’t need to upgrade, ensuring that they are ready for the big one next year.) Though we could see the loss of the antenna bars, and there has been some talk of a ceramic rear.

Those theories are mostly backed up by KGI Securities’ Ming-chi Kuo, who is well known for accurately predicting Apple hardware. Kuo says the iPhone 7 will come in five colour options – rose gold, gold, silver, dark black and piano black (a glossier black) – with 32-, 128- or 256GB of storage. Only the iPhone 7 Plus will feature 3GB of RAM, Kuo predicts, while the standard iPhone 7 will have 2GB. This will be paired with a 2.4- or 2.5GHz A10 processor, but the key changes will be the loss of the headphone jack and the new dual-pixel camera. Kuo predicts this will have a four-LED flash, with two warm and two cool.

The idea that the standard iPhone 7 will have only 2GB of RAM is apparently confirmed by a Geekbench screenshot leaked by Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) on Twitter. Whatever the iOS 10.1 phone in question actually is, it achieved a single-core score of 3379 points and multi-core score of 5495 points. That multi-core score is significantly lower than its Samsung Galaxy S7 rival, which scored 6466 points in our tests.

What will the next iPhone be called? iPhone, iPhone 7 or iPhone Pro?

A new report from Nikkei suggests the Apple did consider three different iPhone models for 2016 but has cut the line-up to just the traditional two. It says the due to fierce competition, Apple has ditched the larger model with a single camera so it looks like we’ll be getting what was leaked as the iPhone 7 Pro but might now just be called the Plus model like normal.

This is backed up by a report from Mac Otakara which cites ‘reliable sources’ in order to ‘confirm’ the naming system for the iPhone. It will indeed be the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The site also says the larger model with a single lens camera was a backup in case the dual lens technology (on what was dubbed the iPhone 7 Pro) didn’t work out in time.

The next iPhone is widely expected to be called the iPhone 7, following Apple’s usual strategy of launching a new model number one year and appending an S the next (in 2015 we saw the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, so it follows that in September 2016 we should see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus).

Until now, that is. Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, is perhaps one of the most reliable tipsters we’ve come across, and he is calling for people to stop calling the 2016 iPhone the iPhone 7. Blass says it is highly unlikely Apple will use this name, since the next iPhone is thought to be largely unchanged from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

So if not iPhone 7, what will the next iPhone be called? The PC Advisor editorial team couldn’t decide, with some suggesting it might offer an iPhone Pro to match the iPad Pro line-up (and there has been rumours of an iPhone 7 Pro), and others suggesting it will be simply ‘iPhone’. Have a vote on what you think the name will be below, and feel free to offer your alternative suggestions in the comments below this article.

iPhone 7 UK release date rumours: When is the iPhone 7 coming out?

Apple has now confirmed a 7 September launch event for the iPhone 7. The invites are not Apple’s usual style, but the light circles on a dark background lead us to suspect the new iPhone will have a new camera that’s more effective at night. (And that’s exactly what the rumours would have us believe.) The iPhone launch event will take place on Wednesday 7 September at 10am (6pm in the UK) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

iPhone 7 launch event invite

Apple’s busy building up the hype as we get ever closer to the event, and has FINALLY updated its Twitter feed in anticipation.

We’ve seen reports that the actual on sale date could be as late as 23 September. A leaked AT&T retail schedule (via 9to5Mac) detailing merchandising reset hours calls out 9 September and 23 September as significant dates, suggesting they might want to stick up some fancy new iPhone 7 graphics.

But the latest reports say that Apple might struggle to meet demand for the iPhone 7 due to damage caused by an earthquake in Taiwain to Apple supplier TSMC’s factories. In early February, reports emerged to suggest that Apple would use TSMC as its sole processor manufacturer, but the earthquake came just days later.

Don’t be confused by the rumoured Apple iPhone launch event that took place on 21 March. This was for the iPhone SE, the ‘mini’ iPhone that is thought to be the first of several new iPhones launching this year. The firm also announced the new iPad Pro in a 9.7in size.

iPhone 7: How to watch iPhone 7 live stream

Apple will hold a live stream of its iPhone event on its website on Wednesday 7 September. The stream will begin at 10am in the US, which is 6pm here in the UK.

You can tune into the iPhone 7 live stream on Apple’s site, but you will need certain hardware. Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

If you can’t follow the live stream, or even if you can, follow our iPhone 7 live blog below for real-time announcements and expert commentary.

iPhone 7: iPhone 7 live blog

iPhone upgrade cycle: Saving the best for the 2017 iPhone 8

As you read the information below, you might be thinking that it’s not much of an upgrade for a new model number. And you’d be right, as it seems Apple will be saving the big jump for the 2017 flagship which we assume will be the iPhone 8.

This is becuase 2017 will mark the 10th anniverasary of the iPhone so Apple will understandably want to do something special.

The Wall Street Journal says: “Apple plans bigger design changes for 2017, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Those changes could include an edge-to-edge organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen and eliminating the home button by building the fingerprint sensor into the display, according to people familiar with the matter.”

“At a meeting with an Apple executive last month, one of the company’s China-based engineers asked why this year’s model lacked a major design change in keeping with Apple’s usual two-year cycle. The answer, one person at the meeting recalled, was that the new technology in the pipeline will take time to implement. People familiar with the matter said some features that Apple hopes to integrate into iPhones, such as curved screens, weren’t ready for this year’s models,” it added.

iPhone 7 UK price: How much will the iPhone 7 cost?

For its past two iPhone releases Apple has kept the pricing the same. That means we could well see the iPhone 7 costing £539 for a 16GB version, £619 for 64GB, and £699 for the 128GB iPhone 7. Rumour has it, though, that there may well be a 256GB model of iPhone 7, although we think that’s unlikely. If there is, however, expect it to be well into the region of £800. We’ll update this article as more rumours come to light.

There is some debate over whether Apple will finally move to 32GB as the lowest storage capacity and although we think it’s unlikely (the firm makes plenty of profit from storage upgrades), an analyst thinks otherwise.

An IHS Technology analyst, via 9to5Mac, has posted on a Chinese social media site stating that the iPhone 7 will feature 32GB of internal storage for the base $199 (on contract) model. They also added to rumours saying the phone will have 2GB of RAM like the 6S but the iPhone 7 Plus will get 3GB due partly to the dual camera setup.

One report from an analyst doesn’t make this a done deal but IHS does have a good track record and the 16GB model has been the standard since 2008 so perhaps it’s about time Apple finally bumped it up. Especially when it looks like the OnePlus 3 will come with 64GB.

The most recent rumour that points to a 32GB starter model is from The Wall Street Journal, which claims to ‘confirm’ that the iPhone 7 will get a 32GB base model this year.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

As mentioned throughout this article, rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 won’t receive key upgrades which will only be available on the iPhone 7 Plus. The below cases which are available to pre-order show that the regular iPhone 7 won’t get the dual camera setup nor the Smart Connector. The cases also show that the new iPhone won’t have a headphone jack.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

Here’s a video comparing an iPhone 7 mockup with the iPhone 6.

iPhone 7 rumours: Design

It might be a fake, but we have what is the best look at the iPhone 7 yet thanks to NowhereElseFr. It doesn’t offer up any new information about specs but is probably the clearest leaked photo yet, showing a design very similar to the current iPhone 6S.

iPhone 7 rear cover leak

Various videos have leaked showing the iPhone 7 or mockups at least, and this is the clearest one with the phone in Rose Gold, Gold and Space Black. It appears to confirm rumours including the similar design (to the iPhone 6S), larger camera and no headphone jack socket.

Also check out the below from Geekbar which claims to show the first working iPhone 7 (a prototype) confirming many of the rumours regarding design, the larger rear camera and loss of the headphone jack.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus looked largely similar to the 6 and 6 Plus, which is usually the case with Apple’s ‘S’ models. We are expecting to see something new for the iPhone 7, although it’s very likely that it too will come in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold.

The latest design rumours to emerge claim that the iPhone 7 could actually have a ceramic back like the One Plus X. This could make wireless charging easier to impliment (read more on this below) but it could also make the iPhone 7 look rather different. The rumour came from Business Korea, but there’s no real evidence to support the claim. There is, however, a rendering to give an example of what it could look like (below). Months later, there is something to suggest this as Jony Ive wants the iPhone ‘to appear like a single sheet of glass’, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Another rumour says that the iPhone 7 will use a glass back similar to rivals such as the Xperia Z5. Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of Catcher Technology, a key supplier said: “As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year. I don’t think this move will have an impact on Catcher’s revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model.”

Earlier reports that also emerged in February claim that the iPhone 7’s camera will be flush against the back of the phone rather than protruding as it is currently on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

That’s according to MacRumors, which claims to have spoken with a reliable source who says a second design change for the iPhone 7 will be the removal of the antenna stripes on the back of the iPhone, as demonstrated in the mockup below.

But these design changes could well apply to the same ceramic back rumour, as the rendering from Business Korea also ditches the antenna lines and has a flush camera.

This is very similar to the renders which GSMArena has published, showing that same antenna stripes. They do show a camera bump though and no sign of the smart connector or the headphone jack.

iPhone 7 leaked render GSMArena

Another possible look at the iPhone 7 comes via weibo and is a photograph rather than a render. It matches the look of the above renders, once again not showing the smart connector.

iPhone 7 leaked photo weibo

On 5 July, techtastic.nl published the photo below of another iPhone 7 that looks a lot like those leaked above. This site has previously accurately leaked photos of Apple products.

In terms of dimensions for the iPhone 7, a shot via nowhereelse, appears to show that the iPhone 7 will be 67.12×138.3mm in size. That matches the iPhone 6S so the phone won’t be changing in size if this is correct. It also shows a single hole for the camera which looks larger than previous models.

iPhone 7 dimensions

While the camera bump still appears to be present, the renders show the chassis bulging out around the camera – but why? One possibility is to protect the protruding lens from becoming damaged, or it could just be to make the camera bump look a little more appealing. However that’s only a small change when you realise that the purported iPhone 7 chassis don’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack, which if true, will disappoint many Apple fans.

However, there are various rumours about the headphone jack, so it’s very much up in the air as to whether it will stay or go.

Only days after the iPhone 7 chassis render leaked, another photo of the iPhone 7 surfaced online. However unlike with the above photo, the source can’t be easily tracked and as such, could be a (very well made) Apple fan edit. If that isn’t the case and the photo is genuine, it too confirms Apple’s decision to move the antenna lines from the back of the iPhone to its edges.

It wasn’t the last leaked image either. The very next day, another leaked image appeared online claiming to showcase the unreleased iPhone 7, though this one showcases different features to the above leaks. The image has been circulating around Chinese forums, and is far from confirmed, although if true could confirm a headline feature of the iPhone 7 – a dual lens setup.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, however, this dual-lens camera will be exclusive to the 5.5in iPhone 7 Plus.

iPhone 7 Smart Connector

The leaked photo appears to show a much wider camera slot that seems to house not one but two camera lenses. Though no one has any idea what Apple is planning with a dual-lens setup, companies in the past have used them for features including 3D photography, and the ability to refocus an image after it has been taken.

The three dots at the bottom look like the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro modles so perhaps the iPhone 7 will work with some kind of smart case or it could be used for easier charging via a dock.

Yet another possible look at the iPhone 7 comes from an Italian case maker which shows a prototype based on schematics received from an unnamed source in Apple’s supply chain. It shows a single camera and also four speaker grilles like the iPad Pro. It’s another rumour which suggests the headphone jack will be ditched.

iPhone 7 four speakers

A photo appears to show that Apple will ditch the home button on the iPhone 7. It’s not completely gone in favour of on-screen buttons but the photo shows a home key which is just touch sensitive rather than something you can physically push. If so, it will be similar to the OnePlus 3 and HTC 10.

iPhone 7 home button

This was then further speculated over when analysts from Cowen & Company suggested the iPhone 7 will have a Force Touch home button (as reported by Business Insider). This assertion relates to the above picture leak, so we could well wave goodbye to the physical home button, but will be left with the volume and power buttons on the device’s sides.

It’s a minor element but Mac Otakara claims the ear piece at the top of the iPhone 7 will be longer and the proximity sensor has been moved.

iPhone 7 earpiece

iPhone 7 rumours: Specifications & features

 

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Apple finally budged on some of the specifications it has refused to change for years, such as the 12Mp iSight camera, up from 8Mp in the 6 and 6 Plus. It’s likely that Apple will stick with that 12Mp camera for some time to come, although one thing it still refuses to improve is the screen resolution. With rival smartphones now offering Quad- and Ultra-HD screens, we hope that Apple might bump up its pixel count in the iPhone 7 – perhaps to the 400ppi level of the Plus models.

Back to the camera briefly and the latest details suggest that Sony won’t be able to keep up with the schedule so Apple will have to move to LG Innotek, according to Nomura Securities via Barron’s Asia. This means that the 4.7in sized iPhone is now tipped to have optical image stabilisation (OIS), not just the larger Plus model.

Apple might stick with the 4.7in and 5.5in screen sizes, but with so many phones having a 5in or larger screen it could well move to 5- and 5.7in models and look at ways of increasing the screen-to-body ratio, which is fairly low compared to some phones right now.

In early March we heard rumours that there would be not just two iPhones launching in September, but three, with the third dubbed the iPhone Pro. This is expected to be based on the iPhone 7 Plus, but even more premium with a dual-lens camera. Further fuel to that rumour fire came in June from tech site Weibo, saying that Apple will be lining up three new iPhones in September, potentially using the ‘Pro’ suffix associated with MacBooks and iPads. This would make sense branding-wise, but quite what makes an iPhone pro is unclear – camera set up, business-orientated performace or higher specs, or all three, could play a part.

Some of the latest rumours we’ve seen talk of an OLED screen, with Apple having been in talks with LG and Samsung, although this is expected to make an appearance in 2017’s iPhone 7s rather than the iPhone 7 that will launch in September 2016.

Expect the usual performance upgrades, with the new Apple A10 processor and embedded M10 motion co-processor. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were the first iPhones to finally get 2GB of RAM, and expect this to stay the same in the iPhone 7. The A10 processor was easy to predict but we now have a leaked photo which appears to show the new chip via MacRumours.

iPhone 7 A10 processor

The iPhone 7 will ship with iOS 10 installed. Expect Apple to unveil iOS 10 (or iOS X?) at WWDC in June 2016. See below for a concept of the iPhone 7 running on iOS thanks to Mathijs Schrauwen. The device is what we think will be the iPhone 7 Plus but you get the idea.

iPhone 7 iOS 10

iPhone 7 with new headphone jack? D Jack

When Apple announced the iPhone 5 with a new style of power connector it angered many fans who would now need to purchase an adaptor to fit their old accessories. We could be about to see Lightning-gate all over again with headphone-gate, as it’s rumoured that Apple will shake things up once again with a new style of headphone jack, leaving older accessories incompatible. According to Apple Insider, Apple has patented a new slimmer headphone jack technology called D Jack, which has a diameter of just 2mm.

iPhone 7 D Jack headphone jack

Will the iPhone 7 have a headphone jack?

One of the most often cited rumours about the iPhone 7 is that it will not have a headphone jack, with the user instead using wireless headphones or connecting them via a Lightning adapter. Sure enough, several iPhone 7 cases and accessories (including Lightning headphone adapters) have since surfaced that add weight to the theory. But would Apple really risk irritating its fans with such a change?

Fact is, Apple is not the first to remove the headphone jack. Lenovo got in there first with the new Motorola Moto Z family.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, had offered his two cents on the subject. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, he said it “will tick off a lot of people”.

His main reason for being against it is the poor inferior quality on offer from Bluetooth compared to wired. “I would not use Bluetooth. I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music,” he said.

However, he was positive at the idea of Apple making wireless better, adding “a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality – that sounds like real music – I would use it. But we’ll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that.”

 

The rumours about Apple ditching the headphone jack for the iPhone 7 don’t seem to be slowing in 2016, either. Other images on the site seem to show the accessory as incompatible with iOS 9 devices and only working on iOS 10. This is unconfirmed, but hopefully Apple wouldn’t limit a new accessory to its latest operating system. Then again, it could be used as a reason to persuade people to update iOS.

iPhone 7 release date rumours

So, even after this leak, how will we listen to our music without a headphone jack? It leaves consumers with two choices; you can either use wireless Bluetooth headphones (like many consumers are already doing) or you can use a pair of headphones that connects to your iPhone via the Lightning port – and potentially a new, slimmer Lightning port. The issue with using a Lightning-port enabled pair of headphones is that a) these are quite expensive, with the likes of the Philips Fidelio headphones costing £184.99, b) it limits the use of the headphones to the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 only.

Of course, there’s always a possibility that Apple will include some kind of adaptor that’ll allow users to use its standard headphones. And some critics claim Apple won’t risk losing the free marketing it receives as users reveal in public the wires on its iconic earbuds as they listen to music on the iPhone. If it doesn’t include an adaptor, this £19 iTrip Clip from Griffin will make wireless any standard pair of headphones.

But how plausable is this idea? Music is a big part of the history of the iPhone, and we’re not too sure Apple would jeopardise that just to shave 1mm off the width of its next iPhone. But with this being said, Apple did replace multiple ports with a single USB-C port on the 12in MacBook all in the name of shaving a a few millimetres off its’ latest MacBook.

Consumers certainly seem to be convinced that it’s possible, but they’ve been flocking to sign an online petition in the hopes that they can stop Apple from removing the headphone jack. So far there are more than 280,000 signatures in the petition.

Then, in March, the first purported iPhone 7 case leaked online. At first glance, you’d mistake it for an iPhone 6s case, but a closer look reveals that there is no space for a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, it looks like the iPhone 7 will have two speaker grilles along the bottom.

Another case for the iPhone 7 backs up the idea the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack.

iPhone 7 case no headphone jack

Information that leaked in May suggested Apple might keep the headphone jack after all. An image published by MyDrivers, supposedly shows the internals of the next-gen iPhone 7 and you can see the grey headphone jack at the top. It’s almost impossible to tell whether the image is legit or fake.

Apple iPhone 7 headphone jack

Adding to the possibility that the iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack is a range of Lightning products from Axpro Technology which had a booth at Computex. The firm is showing off two pairs of headphones with Lightning connectors and an adapter – which also features a DAC – which means you can plug in a traditional 3.5mm jack.

Lightning headphone adapter

Despite all the above, Mac Otakara claims that the iPhone 7 will in fact have the headphone jack and also ship with a Lightning adapter. The site also says there will be a second speaker will feature but there won’t be a stereo setup.

Adding more weight to the loss of the headphone jack, a photo via weibo of some Lightning headphones look similar to the current EarPods. He later clarified that they are not the official Apple headphones. As with any leak, they could be a complete hoax.

Lightning EarPods headphones

iPhone 7 to come with Lightning EarPods & wireless AirPods?

Of course, if Apple does decide to ditch the headphone jack then it’s going to need to supply some new EarPods with the iPhone 7, and the current rumours are suggesting some Lightning EarPods which will probably be similar to the EarPods we already know but will have a Lightning connector instead of the 3.5mm jack.

More excitingly, though, rumours say that Apple is working on AirPods that will be so completely wireless that they won’t even have a wire connecting the left bud with the right bud. Instead they will both individually connect with the iPhone 7 over Bluetooth.

An image has been floating around the internet over the past few days showcasing what is claimed to be a Lightning-enabled pair of Apple EarPods, with many citing Weibo as the source of the ‘leak’. The image, if true, shows a pair of fairly standard Apple EarPod earphones with a lightning jack at the bottom in place of the standard 3.5mm jack, seemingly confirming the elimination of the jack on the upcoming iPhone.

However, all isn’t what it seems. While many publications reported on the above image as being a genuine leak, we have our reservations. This is mainly due to infamous leaker (what a title!) OnLeaks tweeted the exact same image on Friday 18 March 2016 without the Weibo watermark seen elsewhere online while inferring that it’s a fake image. The tweet in question was in response to another headphone ‘leak’, and OnLeaks uses the photo in question as an example of a photo that was “easy to set up”. While this is far from confirmation that it’s a fake, it suggests to us at least that this is the case.

iPhone 7 to ‘dry itself by shooting water out of its speakers’

If waterproofing the internals of the iPhone 7 doesn’t sound impressive enough to you, the next rumour might. A patent was published on 12 November which suggests that the iPhone 7 could be waterproof – but not by creating a watertight body, or even waterproofing the internals. Instead, the patent suggests that the iPhone could dry itself by pumping water (or any other liquid, for that matter) out of the device via its speaker grills. Pretty cool, eh?

The concept is centred around modules within the speakers that can be made more or less hydrophobic, depending on the electrical charge applied to them. That way, when liquid is detected in the iPhone, the modules would be activated in such a way that it’d move the liquid across them and eventually out of the speaker grills. We love this idea, but we’re not holding our breath that this will be featured in the iPhone 7 – maybe the 8 or 9, though.

iPhone 7 rumours: Wireless charging

New reports that emerged at the end of January 2016 suggest Apple is working on wireless charging behind the scenes, but the bad news is this special type of wireless charging that doesn’t require users to place the phone on a charging mat isn’t expected to arrive until 2017.

It’s been rumoured that wireless charging is coming to iPhone for a long time now, but the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus arrived in September with no such feature, disappointing many. One of the reasons the iPhone doesn’t currently offer wireless inductive charging is because the technology has never previously worked through aluminium, which the iPhone is made with. But in July, Qualcomm revealed that its latest wireless breakthrough now does work through metal, so it’s finally a possibility for Apple.

 

iPhone 7 rumours: The built-in e-SIM

Another touted feature for the latest iPhone that didn’t see daylight and may be reserved for the iPhone 7 is that it will have an e-SIM. Recent reports suggest that it could be the end of days for the traditional SIM card, with a possible introduction of a simpler option. An e-SIM is an electronic SIM card which would replace the physical SIMs used today and instead will opt for a virtual embedded equivalent. Rumours suggest that both Apple and Samsung are in talk with the GSMA (organisation that represents the interest of mobile operators) to use a standardised e-SIM in future handsets.

What are the benefits of having an e-SIM? First things first, it’ll make switching carriers easy and should allow for more flexible roaming. The idea is that with a standardised e-SIM, you’ll be able to make a call and switch operators without having to insert a specific SIM card. This idea translates to roaming too, as it’ll be much easier to switch to a local network if you’re looking to spend a long period of time in a particular country.

You can also wave goodbye to SIM adaptors! If you’ve ever had to go from a nano-SIM device to a micro-SIM device, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

It may not be the sexiest of features, but the iPhone 7 may come with a 1960mAh battery which would be a 14 percent increase compared to the iPhone 6S.

iPhone 7 with sidewall display: Apple’s answer to the Galaxy Note Edge, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+?

There are some rumours to suggest that the iPhone 7 could have some new design features, though we’d take these rumours with a pinch of salt.

The speculation about a new design stems from an Apple patent that was published in 2015. It describes what Apple calls “sidewall displays,” similar to the display found on the Galaxy Note Edge, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+.

Concept by Michael Shanks

The patent hints at a future iPhone with a display that extends onto the sides of the device, providing interactive or touch sensitive portions that give access to slide-to-unlock functionality, music player controls, messaging readout, called ID, system controls and more.

Perhaps Apple will decide to introduce the sidewall display to the iPhone 7, offering even more screen estate.

iPhone 7 with edge-to-edge display?

The latest rumour comes from a concept video by DeepMind of what an iPhone 7 would look like with an edge-to-edge display. And it looks pretty cool.

Another concept image of an iPhone 7 with an edge-to-edge display emerged in early 2016 from iPhone-Tricks.com. It’s a bit out-there and is unlikely to be quite accurate, but it also shows what iOS 10 might look like including an interesting idea that some of the icons could be bigger in a ‘widget’ style familiar to Android users.

iPhone 7 rumours: Touch ID integrated into the screen

Another rumour that was sparked by an Apple patent is that the iPhone 7’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is usually situated beneath the Home button, could be built-in to the entire display, eliminating the need for a Home button and making room for a larger display without enlarging the overall size of the smartphone.

These rumours seemed pretty far fetched to begin with, but it might just happen. Sonavation recently announced that its found a way to insert ultrasonic biometric sensors underneath a Gorilla Glass display, with it still being able to read a users fingerprints.

The newly developed tech is “well suited for through-the-glass fingerprinting and specifically architected to deliver advanced security and ease-of-integration into mobile and IoT devices” Sonavation’s CTO Rainer Schmitt said.

The company claims that it can even do one better than the existing Touch ID (and most other fingerprint scanners on the market) by being able to scan fingerprints on a finger that’s wet, dirty or oily. Though it’s not clear which devices will be the first to feature this new technology, but we assume it’d either be the iPhone or a flagship Android smartphone.

iPhone 7 with flexible OLED display made by Samsung?

All of the above rumours could be made possible thanks to a new flexible OLED, that reports say Samsung Display is currently working on for the iPhone 7 and is set to invest billions in a new factory to keep up with demand and meet Apple’s order of up to 45,000 panels per month.

iPhone 7 rumours: Reversible USB charger

Another rumour circulating the web is that the iPhone 7 will come with a new iPhone charger, with a Lightning connector on one end and a new reversible USB connector on the other end.

In August 2014, a video of a reversible USB charger emerged on YouTube, which you can watch below.

iPhone 7 rumours: Leaked images of components

In January, Taiwanese site Apple Club shared photos of what it claims are iPhone 7 parts that have been leaked from the supply chain. The site has been genuine with some of its leaks in the past so it is possible that this is the real deal, but it really doesn’t tell us much about the iPhone 7 just yet.

We expect this will be the first of many leaked components as we progress through the year towards the iPhone 7’s release, so we’ll bring you all of the new images as they emerge right here.

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