No Upgrades for the iPhone 7 Touch ID or Screen
Many inconclusive rumors swirl about the upcoming iPhone 7. Since the iPhone rumor mill started about eight years ago, it seems the 2016 cycle is the most confused. Several elements play into the lack of clarity. Most notably, the design is said to be almost exactly the same as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, with only small changes in form factor, like the antenna bands, which are said to decrease by two. However, rumors have also suggested major changes in screen display, cameras, and input/output protocols.
When rumors become too good to be true, head in the wrong direction, or have a strategic impact on Apple’s upcoming products, the Cupertino based company is known for unofficially-officially slipping bits of truth to specific top news firms. In the past, well known unofficial-official sources include magnates such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, more recently, Recode, a subsidiary of The Verge.
With conversations about a device that does not include a physical Home button or Touch ID spiking in the recent days, it seems Apple has once again, tapped one of its unofficial talking heads. In a report on Thursday, August 25, Bloomberg confirmed in an article about mobile payment systems, there will be no major updates to the screen or Home button. In just a slight tip of the hat, couched in the middle of an article, Bloomberg writes:
Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter.
As time gets closer to the predicted iPhone 7 launch, it is not surprising to see Apple very carefully drop this information through Bloomberg to help control expectation of what may be a sleepy year for iPhone updates.
Many rumors continue to peg only a few new features for the next generation device, which potentially include a dual lens camera, minimized antenna bands, and a Lightning port audio-only requirement, by removing the headphone jack.
There have been limited-to-no part leaks that appear real enough to actually confirm the dual lens camera, which would be the largest new feature, if current rumors are believed. In May, a mold mockup leaked via Baidu through HDBlog, but no formal part leaks have been seen from the supply chain, that seem ‘real’ enough to believe. The mold does appear to confirm a dual lens option for the iPhone 7 Plus and the corresponding schematics match.
Other still rumored features with no physical evidence include a Smart Connector, as found on the iPad Pro’s, a headphone jackless component, wireless charging hardware, or anything that indicates three phone models, instead of just two. Small currents suggest an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone Pro. Most likely, the iPhone 7 Plus would become the Pro, bringing the naming convention in-line with MacBook Pro and iPad Pro. However, it is more widely believed this switch would be made on the forthcoming 2017 model, which appears to be the true iPhone upgrade.
Keep your eyes open over the next two weeks. An Apple Media Invitation is certainly looming.