iPhone 7: What Should We Expect?

Apple is due to launch the new iPhone 7 in their upcoming conference next month. Like the jumps from the S range to the next full numbered release, there isn’t expected to be hugely significant changes, but if the rumours are anything to go by, then we should expect some pretty impressive improvements to the overall performance, as well as some tweaks to features such as the headphone jack and camera.

So whilst we will find out the official changes next month, we’ve compiled a list of all of the possible features, changes and new functions that the iPhone 7 could have. Take a look at it below.

Design

The new iPhone 7 models are expected to be the same size as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, although it appears to have been slimmed down and rounded off more neatly than it’s predecessor. 

New Headphones

It’s been rumoured for some time now that Apple are thinking of ditching the headphone jack on their next iPhone. With the rise in bluetooth gadgets, this might be a possibility. If rumours are anything to go by, the new iPhone 7 will apparently ditch the headphone jack in favour of brand new bluetooth/wireless headphones. Alternatively, customers can purchase an adapter if they wish to continue using their wired headphones. 

The iPhone 7 aims to provide lightning-fast connectivity and excellent sound quality, which sounds great…but we’ll have to wait and see if the rumours regarding the loss of the headphone jack is actually true. If it is, we’re anticipating a significantly thinner iPhone model this time around. 

Improved Camera

If there’s one thing that Apple really excel at in their iPhone designs, it’s the improved camera on every new iteration. The iPhone 7 will apparently include a dual-lens camera. This camera will allow for better image quality, picking up colours more accurately and work significantly better in areas of poor, low lighting. It the reports are true, this is only available on the larger version of the iPhone 7, but only time (and the official announcement) will tell!

Apple A10

We can all look forward to a more powerful phone in the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 will be reportedly housing an A10 chip. This promises better functionality, lower power consumption and a cooler phone (you won’t feel it heating up as much when you use or charge it).

Improved Waterproofing

We’re sure that plenty of you reading this have had some accident involving your iPhone and water. Whilst the technique of dropping your iPhone into a bowl of rice and leaving overnight to soak up the moisture does in fact work for the most part, it’s not always enough to completely fix your phone. However, with the iPhone 7, Apple hopes to fix, or at least improve on that. 

Android developers such as Samsung, sony, HTC and Lenovo already contain waterproof smartphones in their market, so it makes sense for Apple to look into doing this themselves too. Smartphones available with waterproofing so far are waterproofed to IP67 standards. This means that they can resist water for up to 30 minutes maximum, up to a depth of 1 meters. If the rumours are true, then Apple is aiming to go for IP68, which allows for a greater amount of time submerged at a lower depth.

It's expected that the iPhone 7 is released on the 16th of September, around the same time the conference with the official announcement is due.