Another day, another report on what Apple will probably do with its next iPhone. And probably the iPhone after that.
This year will more than likely see the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but, as we’ve heard more times than most of us can probably count at this point, there (probably) won’t be many changes when it comes to the overall design of the new iPhone when compared to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
That’s what The Wall Street Journal is reporting now, too. Citing unnamed sources “familiar with the matter,” the WSJ says that Apple will keep the overall design of the iPhone 7 similar to last year’s flagship model, but with a few key differences: The 3.5mm headphone jack is, indeed, not present, according to these sources.
“Apple Inc. plans to break with its recent pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years, and make only subtle changes in the models it will release this fall, according to people familiar with the matter.
Among other things, those people said, Apple’s newest phones will maintain the current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. Those are the sizes of the larger-display models Apple introduced in 2014, and refreshed with newer models last fall.”
However, there are big changes in store for the 2017 iPhone, the sources added. Indeed, the report echoes other reports and rumors suggesting Apple will adopt an OLED display for its flagship iPhone next year, as the company aims to reach designer Jony Ive’s vision of making the iPhone appear to be a “single sheet of glass.” That means reducing bezels, too:
“For years, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has expressed a desire for the iPhone to appear like a single sheet of glass, according to people familiar with the matter. The current design ideas for the 2017 iPhones are expected to push the handsets in that direction by eliminating much of the bezel around the display, with the OLED screen.”
The report doesn’t actually go out of its way to include new information that we haven’t already heard. However, to does at least echo the idea that Apple does indeed seem to be dropping the two-year cycle of major upgrades, and instead looks to be waiting a bit longer before it introduces a brand new design for the iPhone. However, it does also suggest Apple may actually wait to use the iPhone 7 name until 2017, and use a different title altogether for the iPhone launched this year.
That would make sense, though, considering the 2017 iPhone is the 10-year anniversary for the iPhone lineage, so introducing more sweeping changes, and including even more features in next year’s model appears to be the route Apple is taking. If all of these rumors and reports pan out, of course.
As it stands, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to offer at least a few key differences when compared to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. That includes rumors that the models could include a 256GB variant, and the iPhone 7 Plus is still rumored more often than not to feature a dual-camera system on the back. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also rumored to feature a new “Deep Blue” color variant, as Apple is expected to drop the Space Gray option.
While the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are said to feature the same overall design as their predecessors, it’s also said the newer models will feature redesigned antenna bands, so there will at least be a bit of a visual difference. Plus, more recently, a leaked image reportedly showed a touch-sensitive Home button for the iPhone 7.
Are you excited to see what the iPhone 7/7 Plus has to offer?
[via The Wall Street Journal]