Yes, you read that right. Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have barely been out for two months and the rumour mill is already spinning fast with whisperings of the iPhone 7.
So, what does Apple (supposedly) have in store for us in 2015?
Well, first of all , we can’t just assume that the company’s next smartphone will be called the iPhone 7, after all they surprised us with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C didn’t they? In this respect, we may be looking at 2015 being the year of the iPhone 6S. Hoewever, there are some who think that Apple will, in fact, drop the ‘S’ moniker as it has at times been deemed in a negative light and more of a slight change to an existing device, rather than a completely new one.
When it comes to size, macworld has claimed that it expects the iPhone 7 (we will call it this for ease) will feature a screen that is at least 4.7 inches, given that this is the size Apple chose for the display of the iPhone 6. There is of course, the chance that Apple may even make the new handset even bigger as the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen. Perhaps we will even be treated to the option of an iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 7 may weigh 129 grammes, the same amount as the iPhone 6, and given that Apple tends to keep the same design for at least two generations of an iPhone, this may ring true when the time comes to confirm it.
According to macworld, camera-wise, we can expect that there will be an improvement on the iPhone 6’s offerings as well as the option to charge the handset wirelessly.
Interestingly enough, the iPhone 7 may come with gesture controls, allowing the user to actually use their smartphone without physically having to touch it. If this is true, it will put Apple’s newest contendor along the same path as the Samsung Galaxy S5, which already boasts this feature.
Those who are growing frustrated with their iPhone’s battery life can rest assured that Apple are hopefully looking to update this for the iPhone 7 by incorporating solar power to help the handset actually charge throughout the day. This will work through the solar cells that will be featured on the display of the device, whcih basically means that simply being under the sun will help to increase the battery life of the device.
However, those who were hoping to see a sapphire display shouldn’t hold their breath. While it was heavily believed to be featured on the iPhone 6, it never actually came to play and instead the smartphone only used a small amount of the material in various parts of its handset. As Apple has cut ties with GT Advanced Technologies, which was going to be creating the screens, it is looking unlikely that this will be an option. There has also been recent research that showed while a sapphire screen is less likely to scratch, it doesn’t mean it won’t shatter and it will actually make seeing the screen harder under certain circumstances.