Apple’s iPhone 7 has been one of the hot topics of rumors and speculation over the past few months. While we have already come across numerous leaks giving a fair idea of what to expect, the latest buzz is that we may have to wait until 2017 to see big design changes and features on the iPhone. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
Traditionally, Apple has been refreshing its iPhones after every two years in a tick-tock pattern. While the first phone tick brings design changes, the next year tock is just an incremental update with minor changes here and there. The iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs featured a curved plastic back and steel rim along the edges. Then came the iPhone 4 which brought a major design change with flatter glass back and metal frame along the edges. The same design was carried on to the iPhone 4s as well. Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
With the iPhone 5, Apple dropped the glass back and switched to lightweight aluminum metal. The iPhone 5 also saw a jump in screen size from 3.5-inch to 4-inch. Two years later, the iPhone 6 came with a completely refreshed design with curved edges, thinner and flatter design and again a jump in screen size from 4-inch to 4.7-inch. It was also when Apple introduced one more variant – the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch full HD display.
Apple continued with the same design language for the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus as well, but now it seems like the company might break away from its tradition. For the iPhone 7, Apple may go with the tick-tock-tock pattern. Citing sources, WSJ reports that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may not look very different compared to the existing iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and the company is saving major redesign for 2017 when iPhone will also be seeing its 10th anniversary.
For the 2017 model, Apple is reportedly looking to switch to an edge-to-edge AMOLED display and may also do away with the Home button by integrating a fingerprint scanner in the screen itself.
Now, coming back to the iPhone 7, reports over the past few months suggest that we might see some improvements though. Apple iPhone 7 is likely to drop the 3.5mm audio jack and audio will be routed via Lightning port and Bluetooth. Secondly, Apple may also finally do away with the 16GB base variant and 32GB onboard storage may be the new standard.
The new iPhone is also likely to get rid of those ugly antenna bands at the back and come with some water resistance capabilities. The iPhone 7 Plus variant is also rumored to come with 3GB of RAM, dual camera setup at the back and a smart connector port for accessories such as external keyboard.