The annual Apple Keynote slated for September 2016 is expected to bring the reveal of the much-anticipated iPhone 7 (and likely a 7 Plus), and rumors have been flying about what Apple will bring to the table with the newest device. As per usual, Apple has been relatively tight-lipped about the iPhone 7, but leaked information offers up some interesting details that may or may not show up on the final iPhone release.
Historically speaking, Apple releases a complete re-design of the popular iPhone every other year, with minor updates in the form of S models in between, so it's very likely this year's iPhone will be a complete overhaul from previous models. The exact details of that overhaul, however, is anyone's guess. From an edge-to-edge screen to the absence of a headphone jack and even a waterproof body, there's no shortage of speculation about the newest iPhone to hit the market this fall, but which of the rumors are myth and which ones are likely fact? Keep reading to find out!
An Apple patent published in 2015 suggests the possibility of a sidewall display similar to those seen on the Galaxy Note Edge, S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus. Keep in mind, however, that Apple (and many other companies) file for patents all the time and never go on to use all of the patented technology. So far, there have been no validated reports that the iPhone will have a sidewall display this year.
While there are rumors that the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be better able to handle water and dust without damage to the device, it's unlikely that the new phones will actually be fully waterproof.
There is a very good chance the newest members of the iPhone lineup will get a major processor upgrade using next-generation A10 processors. Though Apple has not confirmed this information, reputable sources have confirmed this as fact.
Traditionally, Apple has used the annual September Keynote to unveil the latest additions to the Apple line, and this year should be no exception. Similarly, Apple generally releases new iPhones in November following the September Keynote, so there is a very good chance the iPhone 7 will be available in November 2016.
One of the biggest rumors floating around that has people talking is the possibility that the iPhone 7 will no longer be outfitted with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. While this rumor has not been officially verified, Apple did file a patent on slimmer headphone jack technology, called a D Jack, which would allow for an even slimmer iPhone, but may also cause quite a bit of controversy among Apple fans. A new jack would mean standard headphones could no longer be used with an iPhone.
A prominent Apple analyst recently suggested the new iPhone will have dual-camera technology, with one of the two back cameras being a fish-eye lens. This makes sense given that the cameras on iPhones have been overtaken by the quality of Samsung Galaxy smartphone cameras. The question is, would the two lenses be used for different types of images, or would they mainly work together to produce higher-quality pictures?
For the past several years, Apple has introduced a completely overhauled and reinvented iPhone on even numbered years, with minor upgrades in the form of an S model on odd numbered years. Given this history, there's a very good chance that 2016 will bring a completely redesigned iPhone, which will likely be called iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
There is speculation that Apple may introduce a third iPhone 7 option this year, instead of the customary two (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus), and that the third would be a higher-spec model targeted at power users. While this is an interesting theory, there isn't much evidence to back up the idea of a third iPhone 7 option this year.
This rumor has been backed up by several credible sources, all claiming that Apple has moved the unsightly antenna bands to the top and sides of the device, instead of across the back. There's a good chance we'll see this as part of the iPhone 7 reveal in September.