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iPhone 7 rumours: redesigned antenna lines, but no OLED until 2017

Caitlin McGarry | June 21, 2016
What would you want to see in the iPhone 7? (Yes, longer battery life is on our wishlist, too.)

How thin will the iPhone 7 be?

The rumour: Macotakara reported this week that the iPhone 7 will be 6.1mm thick. That's one whole millimetre thinner than the current iPhone 6s, which measures 7.1mm. This new thinner model will be accompanied by a flush rear camera (so not protruding) for a design that's sleeker overall.

Plausible? If this rumour is true, Apple seems to be under the impression that thinner is better. Apple has already made a device that measures just 6.1mm: the iPod touch. So it makes sense that the company would want to try to make the newest iPhone be just as thin. Hopefully, the iPhone 7 won't be affected by any 'Bendgate' issues because of this thinner design.

Will the thinner Lightning port mean I have to get new cables?

The rumour: In addition to getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack to achieve this new thinness, the iPhone 7 is rumoured to integrate a thinner Lightning port. This will not affect the actual Lighting cables, however, so you won't have to get all new connectors for the iPhone 7. What Apple is doing is simply making the cutout around the port smaller, so it should only affect case-makers, according to 9to5Mac.

Plausible? If Apple is already going so far as to removing the headphone jack, which has already sparked plenty of controversy, then a slight redesign of the Lightning port doesn't seem like a big deal. Especially if our current Lightning connectors will still be able to hook up to it.

A second speaker for stereo sound?

The rumour: Macotakara (via 9to5Mac) also reported that the iPhone 7 will have a second speaker, providing stereo sound. This would make it the first iPhone to do so, as all previous models only have a single mono speaker.

Plausible? As iPhone screens have become larger, they've become more like entertainment devices, used to stream movies and play games. It makes sense that Apple would want to boost the sound quality of the iPhone 7 in order to catch up to the display specs that have only improved with each upgrade.

Any differences between the 7 and 7 Plus?

The rumour: The iPhone 7 Plus will have a better camera, to the chagrin of small-handed amateur photographers around the world. According to MacRumors, the 7 Plus may have a dual-lens camera with optical zoom, which means this phone will take better photos than many traditional cameras. Instead of pinching to zoom in digitally, which usually results in a terrible grainy photo, the 7 Plus camera will have an optical zoom. That's where the second camera lens comes in: it's essentially a zoom lens.

 

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