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iPhone 7 release date rumours & new features

David Price | June 23, 2016
Apple to ditch usual upgrade cycle, save features for iPhone 8 | iPhone 7 headphone jack 'safe for now' according to reports.

Update 10 May 2016: French site nowhereelse.fr have shared a leaked image (below), which showcases the exact dimensions of the iPhone 7. These dimensions are identical to the ones found on the iPhone 6s, measuring 67.12mm wide and 138.3mm tall. Through this image, it would appear that there won't be the dual-cameras, that have rumoured in Apple's upcoming phone. The image has theOnLeaks stamp on it, who have been reliable with their Apple leaks in the past.

iPhone 7 design: Apple planning to debut OLED iPhone in 2017

Yes okay, this may turn out to be a rumour regarding the 'S' variant of the iPhone 7 series, but we think it's one still worth mentioning. According to Chinese website Nikkei (via AppleInsider), Apple is planning to make the switch to OLED a year sooner than previously expected, and will be shipping with the iPhone in 2017. Although don't get too excited, as it won't be all iPhones initially - due to manufacturing constraints, the OLED display will be used in either the 5.5in iPhone 7s Plus or the fabled iPhone 7s Pro. 

According to Nikkei, Apple is looking to quickly make the switch to OLED displays to improve iPhone sales which analysts predict will stall in the near future. Samsung and LG are expected to provide the bulk of the OLED display manufacturing, although Japan Display is also said to be planning mass production of OLED displays starting early 2018. It's worth taking this with a pinch of salt though, as the ever-reliable KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is unlikely to adopt OLED displays in the iPhone lineup until 2019, quite a way away. 

iPhone 7 design rumours: Flush rear camera, stereo speakers, thinner Lightning port & no antenna bands

On 2 February, new reports emerged that suggest the iPhone 7 will no longer have a protruding camera on the rear, and will ditch the antenna bands in favour of a completely unbroken rear casing. That's according to a source that allegedly spoke with MacRumors, revealing the details about the iPhone 7 design for the first time.

The changes could be achieved through the use of a ceramic back rather than metal, according to Business Korea's 5 February report, but there's no real evidence to support this yet.

NEW: The rumours were reiterated in a new report by Mac Otakara that was published on 29 February, claiming that the iPhone 7 could also have a thinner Lightning port and stereo speakers, and all of these factors could make the iPhone 7 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s, down to 6.1mm from the current 7.1mm.

 

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