I know, I know, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have only been on our shelves for 68 days but the rumour mill for the next iPhone, the iPhone 7 is already hotting up. In this post, I talk about what the iPhone 7 could be.
Apple are apparently testing multiple variations of the iPhone 7. Firstly, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Many people have said that it would be a dumb move by Apple if they did this. Let me tell you something, Apple will not remove the headphone jack simply to make the iPhone thinner. I mean, the iPod touch is 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s and still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPod nano is even thinner, it’s only 5.4mm thick and still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. So, I’ll say it again; Apple will not remove the headphone jack simply to make the phone thinner. There are reasons why they would however. The 3.5mm headphone jack takes up a lot of space inside the phone. If Apple removed it they could replace it with other components. An example would be a slightly bigger battery which I know would please many people.
The next rumour that’s flying around is that the Touch ID sensor may be embedded into the screen itself allowing the elimination of the all-famous Home button. The Home button has been around ever since the original iPhone was released but there are rumours that the Home button will no longer be and that the Touch ID sensor will be built-in to the screen. This may also allow Apple to remove the thick bezels around the phone. Apple’s long-term plan is to have a phone with an edge-to-edge display with next to no bezels and no buttons. Doing this would be a step in the right direction. In my opinion, this rumour is inevitable, it’s a matter of when and not if. It could be this year but on the other hand it could be another two years when the iPhone 8 is released.
Finally, a new connector. Apple aren’t afraid of upsetting their customers. They are thinking of the future. This ties in with the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack but Apple may introduce a new USB-C port which would be compatible with certain headphones as well as having the ability to charge the phone as well. The 30-pin connector was around for four years. The iPhone 5 saw the introduction of the Lightning Connector. When the iPhone 7 comes out, the Lightning Connector will also be four years old, time for another new connector then?
So, they are the three main rumours going around at the moment, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID being built-in to the screen and a new connector. You should of course take all these rumours with a pinch of salt but the fact is the iPhone 7 will be a revolutionary device and Apple will be prepared to take the risk even if it does upset a few customers here and there. It’s pretty simple though, if you’re not happy with the iPhone 7 and the decisions Apple made, no-one is forcing you to buy it, right?