It’s an even numbered year, and that means the iPhone number will go up by one in September. The existence of the iPhone 7 is not rumor, but inevitability — the question is what Apple will actually change in this year’s model. While changes are usually minimal on S releases, a tick up in number means something more substantive. In addition to a cosmetic overhaul, this is when the iPhone gets loads of new features, and when Apple always does something to infuriate the internet and make everyone say Apple is doomed, except then Apple will sell boatloads of iPhones and everyone will just buy new adaptors instead of being mad. Let’s just get it started.
We’ve actually already heard about the infuriating part. At this point, it seems certain that there won’t be a 3.5 mm jack on the iPhone 7. While there’s an off chance the iPhone 7 will use a USB Type-C charging port (which would also work as an audio connector), the Lightning port will probably remain and double as the audio jack, instead. That way, Apple keeps the iPhone 7 as thin as possible. If you have a preferred set of headphones or earphones already, Apple will surely be very happy to sell you the relevant adaptor at launch. Otherwise, you’ll need to get some Lightning earphones or headphones, or buy the Beats wireless earbuds that they’re rumored to be working on for the iPhone 7 launch.
One side note — wireless might not mean Bluetooth. Another rumor says Li-Fi connectivity is coming to the iPhone 7. Li-Fi is a short-range wireless technology said to be 100 times faster than Wi-Fi — it just can’t travel through walls, hence the short-range part (it’s similar to how an infrared blaster works, except that Li-Fi can transmit data in both directions). Oh, and the stock wired in-ear headphones might not be too shabby either — they’re said to have noise cancelling built in.
Another rumor standing on solid ground is that the iPhone 7 will have a dual-camera system on the back. The LG G5 and the Huawei P9 both have their own dual-camera systems, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see this on the iPhone, too. This rumor is also coming from KGI Securities’ self-styled Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has probably been the source of well over half of all true iPhone rumors this decade. Apple purchased Linx, a camera tech company, last year, and they’re supposedly putting the acquisition to good use here. However, like with the audio jack rumor above, it’s possible that iPhone 7 Plus could be more feature-rich (or rebranded as a Pro device), with the regular iPhone 7 missing out on features like the dual camera system.
Another longstanding rumor originating from Ming-Chi Kuo is that — shocker — the iPhone 7 will be even thinner, at about 6 mm thick. If you’re not a fan of the camera bump, that’s supposed to go away too, despite there supposedly being a dual-camera system.
There are a few more rumors that seem a lot more suspect in origin, but we expect most of the rumors above will be true. Apple doesn’t run as tight of a ship as they used to, with plenty of leaks from the supply chain becoming the norm. Apple failing to keep secrets has become routine enough to where execs have started to joke about it at major press and developer conferences, so that tells you about the state of their mystic veil. We’ll be surprised if there are any surprises left come September.