iPhone 7 Rumours, Release Date And Leaks: Everything We Know

Get a new iPhone for Christmas? Sorry – it's already old news. 2016 is the year of the iPhone 7 — get used to it. With sales stalling for the first time in the iPhone's history, Apple needs to pull something truly impressive out of the bag to bring the love back, and now's as good a time as any to gather up the best iPhone 7 rumours swirling around the high-tech ether.

This post was originally published on February 8 at 10AM.

If the 6S was a mostly incremental upgrade, the freshly-numbered iPhone 7 should have a little more innovative bite, going by Apple's traditional "fallow year" release cycle. From Lightning Port headphones to more capacious storage, here are all the important iPhone 7 rumours we've heard so far, with a couple of duds thrown in for shits and giggles.

This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.


Less Is More?

So Apple seems to think, as it once again is reportedly slimming down the handset. We’re not quite as convinced. Though we were sceptical when we first heard that Apple was considering dropping the iPhone’s headphone jack in order to make it slimmer, the rumour’s gained a lot of momentum in recent weeks. There are claims that the headphone jack will be replaced by an all-in-one Lightning connector for both charging and audio, but there’s also talk of Apple simply working on wireless earphones.

No matter what they want you to think, thinner isn’t always better. A skinnier iPhone would almost certainly feature a smaller battery, and that’s not something anybody wants. Regardless, there’s absolutely no need to go any slimmer than 7.1mm. Seriously. Who cares?

Well, maybe those annoyed with the iPhone 6S's camera bump, at least. According to MacRumors the iPhone 7 is said to feature a flush, flat rear, letting the lens sit in line with the aluminium casing. This may be a result of a dual-camera system, according to 9to5Mac, which would allow for higher quality images and maybe even an optical zoom.

If that wasn’t enough, it sounds like Tim Cook and co also want to retire the iPhone’s home button. The suggestion is that iPhone's fingerprint reader could be integrated with the screen itself, enabling users to essentially scan their prints anywhere. In terms of replacing the app switching/home screen functionality of the home key, rumour has it that Apple will create a soft key or add a new feature to 3D Touch, which is itself bound to be improved. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to scroll through content previews, rather than just peek at static thumbnails.

More Is... Also More

Slightly more promising — and therefore slightly less believable — gossip claims that Apple is instead working hard to improve the iPhone’s battery life. A larger 3,100mAh battery is music to our ears, and should offer significantly better stamina than the 1,715 mAh number powering the iPhone 6S. Then again, this rumour crops up ahead of every new iPhone launch, and our hopes always tend to be dashed.

There’s talk too of a new storage option, with gossipers seemingly convinced that a 256GB iPhone is in the works. Here’s where things become a little murky. Some reports suggest this storage option would only apply to the iPhone 7 Plus, but it seems unlikely that Apple would offer different capacities for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. What seems more plausible is the retirement of the 16GB model, which we'll be pleased to see the back of.

Durability, At Last

Something we can definitely get on board with is ruggedisednessment. Water- and dust-resistance have been near the top of most people’s iPhone wish lists for a couple of years now, so if Apple decides not to include so-called ‘rugged’ features on the iPhone 7, we’ll be mighty disappointed. Come on Timmy, we've wanted this for ages now. Haven't you ever accidentally spilled water on your phone? Ahhh, of course, you don't need to pay for a replacement.

A patent request describing a rubber port cover capable of forming a watertight seal around an accessory input was discovered in December, and offers a potential insight into Apple's plans. Then again, it could be yet another filing that's never acted on, ever.

One of the more far-fetched rumours we’ve come across is based on an Apple patent describing a weird system where bumpers would spring out from the edges of the screen, ensuring the glass would never make contact with the floor. Sort of like an airbag for your iPhone. Imagine that for a moment. Obviously not going to happen.

A 4K iPhone 7 Screen? Nah

Unless Apple gets really desperate, the iPhone 7 isn’t going to feature a 4K — or even a QHD — display. The iPhone 6S doesn’t even have a Full HD resolution, so such a move is basically out of the question. It seems more likely that the iPhone 7 will feature the same-sized 4.7-inch screen as the 6S, but with a slight jump in pixel count.

3D Touch will, of course, make an appearance too, but there’s also fresh talk that Apple plans a switch from LCD to OLED technology. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, this essentially means that the iPhone 7’s display would be significantly better for watching movies and TV shows on. Think deeper blacks and more eye-popping colour.

Anything Else?

Since Apple overhauled its camera tech for the iPhone 6S, replacing its old 8MP snapper with a shiny new 12MP one and boosting the front-facing camera up to 5MP, last year, we don't expect a great deal of change in this area. The arrival of OIS would be great, though the iPhone 7 Plus may keep that to itself.

It is likely, however, that the iPhone 7 will be more powerful than the iPhone 6S. There have been mutterings of the inclusion of an impressive-sounding hexa-core A10 chip, though that would represent a massive step up from the dual-core processor in the iPhone 6S. RAM, however, is likely to stay at 2GB.

Fresh reports suggest Apple’s working on a new wireless charging technology, which would allow users to power up their phones without direct contact with a power mat. We're not sure the company will bring the feature forward this year, as the technology required to capture enough energy is, for now at least, rather bulky.

As ever, we'll keep dreaming our little dreams of expandable storage too.

iPhone 7: Price and Release

Brace yourself. It looks like Apple will stick with tradition and launch the iPhone 7 alongside an iPhone 7 Plus at a special event in California in September. We're also going to stick our necks on the line and guess that the phones will hit the market around two weeks after. I know, we're good.

With that launch being over half a year away, there are precious few price rumours floating around. In all likelihood, the iPhone 7 will once again come in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold variants and cost a touch more than its predecessor, which currently retails from $929 in Australia.


Comments

    Can you please point me to this great price for the current iPhone? I'd love to buy a few!!!

      Ah, that's my bad -- my cache of the website still had the pre-AUD/USD dollar crash prices! It starts from $1079.

    Meh, iPhone S are always far more solid, reliable, and considered devices. They often have a huge glaring flaw in their tech jump phones, I'm only really interested in their tech refinement models.

    Also thinner? Seriously? I had to get a case for my 6s just so I could comfortably hold it.

      When the 6 came out, I made comment on here that it was too thin (especially with the rounded edge making it an even smaller contact patch) and I didn't like it because I had to pick it up with my finger tips. I got laughed at.

    If the iphone 7 gets an oled screen without the resoultion of Qhd, it would be the same as a 2011 galaxy s2 which also had an oled screen. Cameras on smart phones these days are getting better and better, the other makes have far better cameras than iphones these days, the galaxy s6 camera is voted the best and its Qhd oled displays are voted the best, so Apple has to catch up or compete with Samsung and now lg is a force to reckon with. Its phones have everything in them these days and for the money it makes apples iphone 6s look pathetic value for money.

      Isn't the galaxy s6 camera the one that is often reviewed as making reds orange?

        This is also dependant on your eye sight, not just the camera the picture was taken with.

      I'm hoping they don't put a QHD screen on the iPhone, a complete waste on a mobile screen size and an unnecessary strain on battery life. Apple doesn't play in the specs race, it's about usability and features.

        It's not a waste if you are using it with VR goggles.

    So iphone 7 is about 8 months away and yet new Android phones are about to be announced, so who cares about iphone 7 at this stage.

      iPhone users who have no intention of even looking at Android? Still... 8 months is a long way out. Even Gizmodo needs to feed the troll sometimes, I guess...

    [AU Editor's Note: removed the unnecessary sniping, but the rest of the comment is worthwhile. -- Cam]

    There's already a 3D Touch command for accessing the app switcher and changing apps. Hard press and swipe from the side of the phone.

    The OLED switch will not be happening this year.

    A stupid 6 core processor wouldn't probably be a massive step up from the current dual core processor since it's already the fastest phone on the market.

    iPhone prices don't change between generations and haven't changed since they've been sold outright. The value of the AUD is another issue entirely.

      The iPhone 6/S/Plus isn't anywhere near the fastest phone on the market. It's not even in the top 5 on CPU performance. Gaming performance is on par with the Xperia Z5 Compact. The only area it outperforms its rivals is web browsing speed.

    Who cares when it's only February? Seriously, what's the point other than filler when speculating about this? This is something Business Insider is infamous for (in my eyes!).

    The iphone needs force touch, as long press was useless on the iphone. Long press a internet pic on iphone and a few little options pop up. Do the same on android and a list a mile long pops up, The same with a long press on an internet web site a few small options appeared, long press the same in android it said what you want to do call, navigate, email, msg, the list is a mile long, the iphone needed force touch as it was useless with long press.

    Removing the headphone jack is the one form of advancement in the history of apple. here are some cool features while trying to see the cases for the phone http://fastandclean.org/top-10-iphone-7-cases/

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