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iPhone 7 release date rumours & new features

David Price | June 23, 2016
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It's also possible that Apple will bring some other elements of the technology used in the Apple Watch to the iPhone 7. For example, the Apple Watch's display can detect finger pressure, so the iPhone 7's display (or perhaps just a portion of it) could be capable of doing the same.

iPhone 7 design rumours: Bezel-free design

On 17 May 2016 Apple filed a patent for a bezel-free device, which indicates Apple is potentially looking to have a full glass and 3D Touch device. The image below, a render design by Marek Weidlich shows how the iPhone could look like if it were to be bezel-free.

We think this design is innovative, but we don't expect it to be a reality for the next iPhone 7 line. Normally patents are filed much earlier than when the idea becomes reality. As the patent was just filed in May 2016, we don't expect to see this design present in the iPhone 7 which will most probably be launched in September 2016.

iPhone 7 rumours: New features

There's a lot more to the iPhone 7 than screen size, of course. What new features can we expect to see?

iPhone 7 new features: Smart connector

Though we're still a while away from the rumoured iPhone 7 launch, we may have caught our first glimpse at one of its new features - a smart connector, much like those used on the 9.7in and 12.9in iPad Pro collection. Of course, as with any rumour/leak it's best to take it with a pinch of salt but according to a new report from Mac Otakara, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a smart connector.

The publication goes on to suggest that it may be used in conjunction with a smart keyboard for iPhone, but we're not convinced - there iPhone 6s is only 4.7in and it's fairly safe to assume that the iPhone 7 will be of a similar size, a size that in our opinion is too small to benefit from a physical keyboard. Mac Otakara claims that "the possibility is great" that earlier leaked images are "the real thing", and even went on to claim that the iPhone 7 could be as thin as 6.1mm, although there was no source provided for this information.

More recently, Logitech (or Logi?) has launched the Logi Base, the first accessory to utilise the iPad Pro smart connector for charging capabilities. As first reported by AppleInsider, the Base uses magnets to easily line up the iPad Pro with the charger, providing users with something close to wireless charging. It also means that you can pick up the iPad and walk away without needing to unplug it. While it's specific to the iPad Pro, it gives you an idea about what a smart connector on an iPhone could be used for. 

 

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