Everything we know about the iPhone 7 (AAPL)
Rumors about the iPhone 7 started emerging even before the iPhone 6s was released last September.
Since then, new rumors have been flowing thick and fast — like a lava flow, constantly moving forward and plowing through everything in its path.
Some of these rumors are more credible than others. But one of the latest major leaks is a schematic apparently showing the iPhone 7 design, and it falls in line with a bunch of the iPhone 7 rumors we’ve seen.
Want to know the latest? Here’s everything we’re hearing about the iPhone 7.
IT’LL PROBABLY BE CALLED THE IPHONE 7.
Based on Apple’s historical nomenclature for its iPhone generations, it’s likely the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 7. Every two years, Apple has used consecutive numbers to name its new iPhone generations ever since the iPhone 3G. The next generation was called the iPhone 4, then 5, and most recently, 6, with “S” editions every in-between year. So, this year should be the year of the iPhone 7.
THERE WILL BE TWO DIFFERENT MODELS WITH DIFFERENT SCREEN SIZES.
We’ll likely see the standard iPhone 7 with the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone 6s and an iPhone 7 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen like the iPhone 6s Plus.
It’s unlikely that Apple would take away one of its two iPhones with different screen sizes.
IT’LL LOOK A LOT LIKE THE IPHONE 6/6S
So far, just about every rumor indicates that the iPhone 7 won’t look that much different than the iPhone 6 and 6s, including rumors from 9to5Mac and case leaks from notorious gadget leaks Steve Hemmerstoffer.
Most recently, leaked schematics of the alleged iPhone 7 make it look almost identical to the iPhone 6/6s generation.
THERE’S A NEW DUAL-LENS CAMERA, BUT IT MIGHT BE EXCLUSIVE TO THE BIGGER IPHONE 7 PLUS.
The iPhone 7 Plus might come with a dual-lens camera, according to a report by the prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities (via MacRumors), but it’s unclear if only the bigger model will have the new camera architecture.
Leaked images of a dual camera module apparently destined for the iPhone 7 came from a Taiwanese Apple Blog, Apple.Club.tw, and another set was also discovered by MacRumors.
There was also a case allegedly designed for the iPhone 7 leaked from Steve Hemmerstoffer’s Twitter account,@onleaks. showing a camera cutout that looks wide enough to accommodate a dual lens camera. The pictures were leaked via gadget Steve Hemmerstoffer’s Twitter account, @onleaks.
Most lately, the schematics pictured above showing an alleged iPhone 7 “Pro” with a dual lens.
THE DESIGN WILL BE THINNER.
The iPhone 7 could be even thinner than the iPhone 6s, according to Fast Company. However, this is one of the few rumors the leaked schematics don’t back up, as it shows a 7.3mm iPhone “Pro,” whereas the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are 6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively.
THE CAMERA WON’T BULGE OUT ANYMORE.
The camera “wart,” as many called it, might finally disappear in the iPhone 7.
According to MacRumors, Apple is using a thinner camera module that would let the camera sit flush against the back. The protruding camera on the back of the iPhone 6 and 6s were a big complaint people had with the iPhone’s design.
Yet, a leaked photo intercepted by AppleInsider suggests that the dual camera in the iPhone 7 Plus, or “Pro” as some called it, will protrude.
IT WON’T BE MADE OF METAL.
So far, Apple has used three main materials for the iPhone: plastic, glass, and metal. Now, the iPhone 7 might be dressed in mysterious “new compound materials”, according to DigiTimes. No one knows what these materials could be, or what they’ll look and feel like, but they’ll likely make the iPhone look and feel premium, if not, more premium than the current iPhone 6s’ aluminum build.