Set to arrive as the iPhone 6s, or iPhone 7 on September 9th? We’re still a couple of day away from the 6s Plus announcement that we all are expecting to rejoice, but that hasn’t stopped some people getting ahead of themselves with predictions for what the the iPhone 7 will look like when it arrives a whole 12 months from now. The latest news comes out from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi kuo.
In this report, Kuo says that Apple’s next-but-one big iPhone release in 2016 could see the smartphone’s thickness reduced yet further, apparently that Apple managing to reduce iPhone internals into a chassis that is more akin to that we have some to witness from the iPod touch than a phone.
Speculations on its way claiming that the iPhone 7 could get as 6.0mm to 6.5mm, which will coinside with what the current iPod touch’s 6.1mm. By comparison, the current iPhone is 6.9mm thick, whereas the 6 Plus adds a little girth, weight in at 7.1mm. With the same aesthetics, the upcoming iPhone 6s is expected to be 7.1mm while the 6s Plus will reportedly to be 7.3mm thick.
Based on thickness, or new thinness expectations for the iPhone 7, Kuo believes that Apple will stick with its current in-cell touch panels, resisting the temptation to switch to glass-on-glass panels.
If Apple is indeed thinking of making its new iPhones thinner than its predecessors then it’s clear it is unlikely to squeeze larger batteries into the iPhone. 7 instead prefering to use the reduction in component sizes to enable thinner devices overall. The space to increase the size of the batteries built into iPhones is unlikely that someone inside Apple disagrees.
It also indicates that the next 2016 iPhone will use the same Force Touch technology as the yet-unannounced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as the Apple suppliers have invested heavily in the feature for this year’s devices. It doesn’t look like Apple wanting to go to 4K resolution displays for iPhones anytime soon. One one major advantage of in-cell screen tech over other options is thiness – by integrating the touch screen sensors into the LCD, maximum thinness can be achieved.
Weired enoough to be talking about the iPhone 7 before the 6S is even formally announced or released, but the future of Apple’s product timescales are such that they work on multiple generations of device simultaneously.
For now the headline device is the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Whilst maintaining the same exterior appearance, the phones will feature significant internal updates – faster processor, upgraded cameras, pressure sensitive display and more. As a whole we also expect the revamped Apple TV and iPad Pro to feature in the announcements as well, in one of Apple’s biggest product unvels ever.