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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.

iPhone 7 design: Analyst claims iPhone 7 won't have many attractive selling points

According to infamous KGI Securities analyst Min-Chi Kuo, the upcoming iPhone 7 may be a bit of a disappointment. According to a recent research note posted by Kuo, he believes that Apple may sell fewer iPhones this year than in 2014. Specifically, Kuo mentions that the worst case scenario would see Apple shipping 'only' 190 million iPhones, compared to 193 million back in 2014. 

Why? He believes that the iPhone 7 will not feature "many attractive selling points", claiming that the upcoming smartphone will only have minor design changes. Interestingly, he also predicts that Apple is to launch an all-glass iPhone with an AMOLED display in 2017, coinciding with another analysts predictions that Apple has plans to launch an iPhone 8 instead of 7s next year. According to rumours, the "iPhone 8" is to feature wireless charging, no physical Home button and waterproof capabilities. 

iPhone 7 design: Photo depicting the iPhone 7 chassis leaks

On 9 May, Macrumours reported an iPhone 7 which doesn't feature a headphone jack, but does have a smooth back plate finish with Smart Connector abilities around the back of the phone. We can't verify the source, so take the image below with a pinch of salt.

If the latest reports via nowherelse are true, we may have a good idea about what to expect with the iPhone 7 in terms of its look. The report features a leaked image of the iPhone 7 chassis, which hints at a redesigned antenna along with a change in the camera lens setup. While some reports claim that the camera bump (present in the iPhone 6s) is gone, we can see that it's still there, although it looks like the chassis surrounding the camera is slightly raised to house the lens. The source? The images were said to be taken at Catcher technologies, a company that supplies cases for Apple products.

The leaked image doesn't only depict changes to the antenna and camera setups, it also 'confirms' that Apple is looking to ditch the 3.5mm jack with the iPhone 7. Of course, as with any leak, this is best taken with a pinch of salt and could've been created based on internet rumours, so don't throw out your headphones just yet. 

Interestingly, another leaked image seems to confirm that Apple will be moving the antenna lines from the rear to the edges of the iPhone 7. The image, first appearing on Nowhereelse, seems to showcase a (possibly prototype) iPhone 7 chassis featuring antenna lines along the edge of the smartphone instead of the usual placement on the rear. Unlike the above leak, this one can't be tracked as easily and as such may turn out to be a (very well edited) fan composition. However, we're still months away from the iPhone 7 reveal so it is possible that we're looking at a genuine iPhone 7 prototype. You can take a look at the leaked image below, and decide for yourself:


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