iPhone 7 Concept Suggests New Radical Design, Better Battery, No Home Button

We have witnessed the sales of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s hardware, but here are unsptoppable predictions of what the iPhone 7 bringing with it to the table. Rumored that the next iPhone will feature a new design, Sapphire screen and better battery life while eliminating the Home button completely.

News again comes from the Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, claiming repeatedly that Apple was about to release its own television. He doesn’t always get things right, but in this prediction that the iPhone 7 will have a new industrial design, radically suspect he may be on to a winner. If Apple continues its release policy of bringing new designs to the lineup every other year, then the iPhone 7 will look different to last two generations, which is not exactly a stretch, and the claim of improved battery life is admitable.

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Claiming that on an iPhone with no physical Home button, really start to get interesting, though. This makes room for a completely edge-to-edge display, meaning that the phone will have no wasted space on. Predictions of such a thing are now new, and Apple is known to be keen on screen technology that is capable of detecting fingerprints, so the idea of the Home button being on its way out isn’t exactly outlandish. The analyst believes that Touch IS sensor may make its way to the side of the handset, however.

Into the unknown, but acceptable is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have significantly greater water resistance than their predecessors, including a 0.3mm wider ‘lip’ around the frame and a silicone seal around the logic boards. Tech experts believe that the changes may follow a completely waterproof iPhone 7 design.

Wireless charging is another curve behind this one, as Samsung, Sony and LG have already incorporated it without needing to be plugged in, but patent applications published by US Patent and Trademark Office indicate that the Cupertino-based company may finally be preparing to integrate wireless charging into its next-generation iPhone. If it turns accurate, then wireless charging devices couldn’t power batteries through the iPhone’s aluminium case.

Apple’s patent for ‘Inductive Power Transfer Using Acoustic or Haptic Devices‘ appears to use a new metal coil which has a double function – in one mode the coil produces sound for the iPhone’s speakers, and in another it can charge the phone wirelessly.

It is to be seen whether the iPhone 7 interface could give owners a preview of the forthcoming Apple Car, and possibly even allow them to order one through an built-in app in the phone. The investment Bank believes that Apple is likely to unveil a raft of major changes with the iPhone 2016 including a much improved Sapphire screen, found on Apple Watch, could make sense for them to adapt it to the phone.

Notably, Apple is using the stronger aluminium from the Apple Watch Sport for the iPhone 6s case. But Sapphire also has a downside, as per Forbes, which is that even though it is good at resisting scratches and scuffs, when it is broken “it tends to shatter not crack”.

Whether Apple could remove the Home button next September, though, we’re not really sure.

As many have speculated, the addition of 3D Touch may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone and use the additional space to make the screen bigger or make the device smaller. One barrier to this could be Touch ID, which is integrated into the home button currently. Apple would need to move the Touch ID reader to potentially the side of the phone to remove the home button. We believe a home-buttonless iPhone has a 50% chance for the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is rumoured to be fitted with a ‘hexa-core’ processor, which will make the phone significantly faster, stronger and better than the two launched already. Apple might change the new phone’s power cable making the iPhone 7 draw power from a USB-C port, like the new 12-inch MacBook.


So should you wait for the iPhone 7, 50/50, huh?

(Source: Barrons)

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