Here are the new features should you expect for the new iPhone 7…and what remains unknown.
It will likely sport dual cameras.
This is the rumor with the most traction: Apple will add two rear cameras to improve photo quality. An August report from Bloomberg notes the cameras will each capture an image at the same time, then merge them together. The cameras will also reportedly bump up to 12 megapixel sensors.
Say goodbye to the headphone jack.
Here’s the early favorite for the iPhone change most likely to anger nearly everyone. Apple will remove the headphone jack, requiring users to go through the smartphone’s Lightning connector or use wireless headphones that connect via Bluetooth. With the headphone jack gone, it’s likely Apple will also introduce new earbuds. And of course, get ready for another wave of adapters to use your old headphones.
It will support some level of waterproofing.
Yes, Samsung smartphone owners, you have boasted this feature for a while now.According to 9to5Mac, research firm KGI projects the next iPhone can handle going underwater by as much as 3 feet for 30 minutes.
It will be faster, thinner and lighter.
This one is pretty obvious. As with every other iPhone revealed, the device will likely support a better processing chip. Plus, without that pesky headphone jack, the smartphone should feel thinner and lighter compared to earlier models.
Siri and iMessages will behave a lot differently.
Apple’s personal digital assistant will perform even more tasks, including search for images in Pinterest or hail a ride on Uber. As for iMessages, Apple will follow in the footsteps of Snapchat (because that’s what every tech company is doing lately) and introduce more visual options including stickers and more emojis.
Now, to the iPhone options people are clamoring for:
Better battery life. Yes, Apple always says the battery has improved with each new iPhone. We just want one that gets through a full day (maybe even two) without a recharge.
A base model at 32GB. No more 16GB iPhones, please. The process of managing photos, apps and other downloads has reached the point where users are pretending to rent movies to free up space. We’re long overdue for more storage at the entry level.
Better app flexibility. Anyone else have the folder on their iPhone that contains all the Apple apps you never use? It’s time to have the choice to delete those apps if we want.