iPhone 7 Rumours, Release, Leaks, News: What You Need To Know

With Apple reportedly slowing iPhone 6S production, now's as good a time as any to gather up the best iPhone 7 rumours swirling around the high-tech aether, as the Cupertino phone king gets ready to leave its chrysalis and show off another new form.

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.

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.

If that wasn’t enough, it looks 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.

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 might 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.

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.

What 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.

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

iPhone 7: Price and Release

Seriously, who the hell knows these days. But Apple could well 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 around $1070 AUD RRP.

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



    The iPhone 6S doesn’t even have a Full HD resolution

    The 6+ and 6s+ has full HD resolution.

      Yeah but it doesn't have full full HD+ HD full resolution +.

      Maybe the criticism should be its not 400-600ppi like the competition?

    I can believe Apple removing the headphone jack and using Lightening connector - so now you can either listen to music or charge the phone - just like they put the charging port on the magic mouse under the mouse.

    I don't think they'll get rid of 16GB version. That's the version many people buy and regret after a year so they cough up more money for 64GB. 16GB models help sell more phones.

      If they did do something like that, do you really think they'd lack the foresight for such a situatoin?

        Yeah it would be like releasing a laptop with one USB C port.

          lol, point taken.

          Until I see it confirmed I'm not going to believe it, and if it IS one port then I'd love to hear their pitch on it. If they somehow have a reason behind it then maybe it'll be worth it, but if you're going to have to rock some annoying dongle or case to give you basic functionality then that's balls.... wait and see I guess.

            they'll throw in quick charge and sell it that way. charge your phone in 20 mins and then listen to music.

              If there's no decent out of the box solution then it'll be pretty crap.
              If they did get rid of the 3.5mm jack then I would at least expect wireless charging, bluetooth headphones as well as a lightning to 3.5 converter for the inconvenience.... but we all know the reality of that :)

              2 lightning ports would be fine but that just seems weird.

              Still hoping they don't can it, more hassle than it's worth.

                Yep will be pissed if they drop the 3.5


                  I'd welcome an on-screen home button, bigger battery capacity, etc...

                  However, don't bother slimming it down further and don't ditch the 3.5mm audio jack!

        Like the mouse that you have to flip upside down to charge?

          Would have been better to come with a dock, but I actually don't think it's that bad... charge it when you're not using it obviously.

        I actually thought this was a sarcastic stab at apple until I read the further replies

      Well, they already did - you can already buy Lightning headphones. Philips, for example, make some: http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/M2L_00/fidelio-fidelio-headphones-with-lightning-connector

      Also they will supply wireless headphones with it, and I'd be surprised if the charger can't have a 3.5 mm on it while charging. This will be another case of everyone lose's their minds, and then two years later everyone's doing it. But magic mouse is a fuckup.

    This article looks exactly like the type of article one regularly finds on Business Insider.

    I could support the removal of the 3.5mm jack IF they add two lightening ports at the base. This would remove the need for annoying adaptors if you want to charge and listen to music

      But annoying adaptors are a huge money spinner....
      I reckon they'd offer a wireless charging solution (proprietary of course). Which would allow charging and listening at the same time.

        Annoying adaptors are huge money spinners? Lets say 20$ profit on each stupid adaptor, bought by 50% of the users. Lets say 20 million phones sold normally, at a profit of $295 each. So that's $200 million dollars made on adaptors. But if only 5% of people say "Fuck buying a phone that needs an adaptor", that's $295 million in lost phone profits, and $10 million in lost adaptor sales.

        I like my due for replacement iPhone, but I hate dongles and have expensive headphones already. I'll be switching to Android.

      Highly doubtful.

      Using the latest MacBook as an example, their 'less is more' notion and an emphasis on aesthetics is paramount, not convenience.

      Last edited 13/01/16 1:51 pm

    I love how - once again - absolutely none of these rumours have any basis.

    All we know is it'll be slightly faster and more expensive. That's it.

      Yeah these things always tend to be a wishlist rather than based on any fact.
      But fun to read nonetheless.

    At the risk of sounding like a troll, the products Apple is now releasing seemed to have lost the "innovations" tag (since Jobs passed.) As a comparison, what would a $1200 iPhone 7 give me that a $300 Moto G wouldn't?

      I tend to agree. I've had iPhones for over 5 years and the only compelling reason to upgrade is for a better camera. Nothing else seems compelling.

      Having said that, and it could just be me, I suspect most manufactures are struggling to find that killer edge/feature these days...

      More or less one brand introduces something innovative and everyone else follows/improves it.

      Just my 2c worth...

    As someone that jailbreaks their iPhone, I welcome the removal of the home button and replacement with a touch button/sensor. I run a Cydia app that allows me to use the home button without actually clicking it, and it makes quite a difference to the usage of the phone.

    Even if Apple does keep the clickable home button, they should modify iOS to allow 'touch' pressing, as well as 'click' pressing. You can have a 'touch' press set for normal use, and then assign a 'click' press to another function, such as launching the app switcher. Double click to reachability, and double touch to lock the device/screen. It works really well.

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