iPhone is one of the most popular gadgets and each release of a new product is anticipated and sought-after by tech junkies. I have to admit I am curious about further developments in the iPhone, too, and I love reading predictions about the famous smartphone and checking later if they were true.
The last iPhone models, 6 and 6 Plus, were revealed on September 9, 2014, and the new devices had larger screens compared to their predecessors (4.7 and 5.5 inches). 10 million units were sold within the launch weekend.
Considering Apple’s tradition of announcing a new iPhone version every September, there is just half an year remaining until iPhone 7 will be released, and rumors are already being spread by tech experts and Internet users who speculate on the next smartphone’s features and enhancements. I do like my iPhone 6, but I cannot help wondering what its successor will be like, so here are the expectations of the tech community from the famous device to-be-launched:
- iPhone 7 is expected to include a Sapphire glass display just like the Apple Watch. IPhone 6 uses Gorilla glass;
- iPhone 7 could be equipped with a 3D display that doesn’t require glasses to see.
- The Force Technology used in Apple Watch could also be implemented in the next iPhone. This feature allows the device to distinguish between a tap and a press;
- A rather fantastic, but not impossible feature, could be the home button popping up a spring that could be used as a mini-joystick for playing games;
- Face recognition to unlock the device could be implemented, eliminating the need of a Home button and allowing Apple to create a larger display.
- Apple will probably maintain a similar design this year, and keep the rounded edges of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus;
- The new iPhone won’t get any slimmer because this would affect its battery size and capacity.
- Some people think that the 8MP camera will be maintained, while other sources predict double-lens camera enabling users to capture DSLR-quality pictures. An optical zoom and better low-light performance were announced by some unofficial voices as well.
- The new A9 processor could be used for iPhone 7 and will probably be manufactured by Apple, in spite of some rumors claiming that 75% of A9 processors to be used by Apple will be manufactured by Samsung.
- The price of the new iPhone will probably be higher compared to the previous 2014 versions.
- The “S” and the “C” naming conventions as in iPhone 4S, could be dropped as they carry a negative meaning. They sound as if they were stepping stones to the next iPhone.
- The 4.7 inches size seems to be the favorite of iPhone users and will probably be maintained in iPhone 7.
- Wireless charging or inductive charging is already possible with Apple Watch, and it could arrive with the next iPhone as well.
- Software upgrades could include better parental control, spilt-screen app multitasking, and group FaceTime calls.
All these are just speculations, and, moreover, who knows if the next iPhone will be actually called iPhone 7? The eleventh iPhone could just as well be named iPhone 6S.
We just have to wait until September to find out. Until then, all you can do is look at this mock-up picture and use your imagination.