Rumours Roundup of iPhone 7: Tech, Specs & Release Dates
Rumors for the iPhone 7 are swirling. Everyone wants to know, when will the iPhone 7 come out? The latest iPhone 7 rumors suggest we’ll see the iPhone 7 in stores on September 16 with pre-orders starting September 9. How likely is it for that iPhone 7 rumor to come true? We’ll talk about that below along with what to expect from the iPhone 7’s camera, headphone jack, and more. We’ll discuss whether or not Apple will finally ditch the 16GB base model iPhone along with all of the other most recent iPhone 7 rumors from across the web. Here's a roundup of all the iPhone 7 rumors we’ve seen in order of how likely it is they’ll come to fruition.
We’re going to break down the top iPhone 7 rumors in order of probability. The higher up on our list, the more we expect it will be included in the upcoming iPhone 7. At the end, we’ll cover when the iPhone is going to be released and how much we expect it to cost. Here’s our categories:
Redesigned Antenna Bands
We've seen various leaks of iPhone 7 prototypes that show the bands running along the back of the iPhone. Whether or not these photos are fakes or the real deal can't be said, but the rumor has been consistent. I’d bet on it. The image below shows what the redesigned bands will probably look like.
Dual-lens Camera for iPhone 7 Plus
Apple is rumored to be giving the iPhone 7 Plus a dual-lens camera setup. This would be big. The quality of the photos would approach that of photos taken with a DSLR camera. In addition, the dual lens would allow for optical zoom and would give better performance in low-light conditions. Plus, the photos will be clearer and brighter, with less noise and more accurate color. It's expected that only the iPhone 7 Plus will have this dual-lens camera, but other rumors suggest there will be an iPhone 7 Pro model with the dual-lens camera instead. We'll discuss the iPhone 7 Pro in more detail further down.
No Headphone Jack
Easily the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor, Apple is apparently planning to drop the headphone jack on the next iPhone. This would have many advantages, most notably allowing the phone to be thinner. For those who prefer a wired connection, Apple will likely offer an adapter that would allow the Lightning port to be used. However, if Apple is trying to play it safe in the fourth quarter, it may decide to the keep the headphone jack. But this is another rumor that’s been so persistent it’s hard not to expect that it will happen.
A Second Speaker for Stereo Sound
Will the iPhone 7 have 3D Touch?
iOS 10 beta incorporates quite a few new 3D Touch features, which I don’t think Apple would be giving attention to unless it planned to continue including 3D Touch in its new releases. It’s also rumored that, eventually, Apple will drop the Home button in favor of using some combination of Force Touch and Touch ID, but we’ll probably have to wait a few more years before we see anything like that.
Will Apple finally drop the 16GB base model in favor of the far-more-reasonable 32GB base model? Gee, I sure hope so. This has been on our rumor lists time and time again. However, the rumor mill seems rather convinced this time around. There’s also speculation that Apple will add a 265GB option available for either the iPhone 7 Plus or potential iPhone 7 Pro, which means you could get a 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB iPhone 7.
Longer Battery Life
Easily the most requested feature from iPhone users—we need longer battery life! Our mini pocket computers still die far too soon. If Apple can amp up the battery life, I bet some would upgrade for that feature alone. Fingers-crossed.
I started to put this in the i'd-be-shocked-if-it-didn't-happen rumors category, but the iPhone 6s was actually a little thicker than the iPhone 6. If the headphone jack is indeed dropped, it's completely possible Apple will use that opportunity to make the iPhone 7 thinner. Personally, I’d prefer a longer battery life and thicker phone.
iPhone 7 Pro?!
Another big, and seemingly false, rumor is that there will be three models of the iPhone 7: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. Now I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple rebranded its Plus model as a Pro model but don’t expect a third model. Then again, the image below (found on Nowhereelse.fr) suggests otherwise. With conflicting rumors, this one is also anybody’s guess.
Will the iPhone 7 Be Waterproof?
When the iPhone 6s came out, people quickly started discovering that Apple has secretly made it water resistant. Those who took the iPhone 6s apart even realized Apple had sealed lots of the components. Plus, Samsung’s newest Galaxy s7 is water resistant. If Apple can make the iPhone 7 waterproof up to six feet, it would be pretty epic. Will it happen? Maybe next year. I expect the iPhone 7 to be certified water resistant but probably not water proof. I hope I’m wrong.
Lightning Port EarPods
Without the headphone jack, we’ll need other options. Many have speculated that the iPhone 7 will ship with EarPods that will connect to the Lightning port. But more exciting is the rumor that Apple will also sell optional Bluetooth earphones that will not only not have a wire connecting them to the iPhone but will also not have a wire between the two headphones. If we lose the headphone jack, Apple will have to include a different pair of earbuds with the iPhone 7, but what those will be is still up in the air.
This is an area where the iPhone is definitely behind. Do I think we’ll get wireless charging with the iPhone 7? No; try again in 2017 for the ten year anniversary of the iPhone. Do I think Apple should include wireless charging in the iPhone 7? Yes! Samsung has been doing this.
What about Smart Connectors?
Some rumors, specifically from Mac Otakara, suggest that the Smart Connectors will be included on the iPhone 7 Plus. Meanwhile leaked images have shown Smart Connectors on the back of the iPhone 7 Pro. While it would be pretty cool, I don’t see Apple doing this so soon after debuting its iPad Pro models. But I could be wrong.
Apple will most likely stay with the display sizes first introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus in 2014. However, there has been a rumor that the display would be edge-to-edge. While I love the idea of utilizing the real estate of the iPhone’s surface, it would make for a major redesign. And we’re not expecting any major changes on that front until next year when Apple is celebrating 10 years of the iPhone.
New Color: Space Black or Blue
I would love to see either of these color options, but all the latest product leaks we’ve seen show the same four colors we’re used to: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.
No-Press Flat Home Button
There is a lot of risk factor involved in saying goodbye to the Home button. The idea is that you would be able to use Force Touch, like what is used on Apple Watch, in order to press into the faux button or screen, which would send a haptic feedback signal so you know you actually clicked something. Of course, Touch ID has to go into this mix as well. It’s a lot to accomplish and make work perfectly—I would be shocked to see this feature on the iPhone 7.
One can speculate that Apple will follow its usual practice of introducing the new models at the same price as the previous year's models. Currently Apple is selling the base model iPhone 6s at $649 to buy it outright, while the iPhone 6s Plus base model runs for $749. It's unlikely the company would make the iPhone 7 cost higher, given that lower-cost Android phones available. And it seems unlikely it would introduce the phones at a lower price, since that's just not the Apple way.
iPhone 7 Release
Evan Blass recently stated that the iPhone 7 would release in stores on September 16. Just last night he sent out a new tweet stating that pre-orders will begin on September 9. This string of rumors has come from a single source, and those dates are pretty early for the normal pattern of iPhone releases that we’ve seen established with Apple over the past couple years. However, if Apple hosts its keynote event in the first week of September, it’s certainly possible. The iPhone 7 will definitely be released sometime in September. And once we know when Apple will host its keynote announcement, we’ll have a better idea of just when that will be.
Overall, there seems to be a consensus that the iPhone 7 won't see a major redesign. Instead, it's believed that Apple will focus its efforts on the 2017 iPhone to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
What would make you upgrade to the iPhone 7?