What’s that buzz? Can’t you hear it? Do your legs hurt just thinking about it? Yep, it’s that time again! It’s time for the long lines and the release of the new iPhone 7.
It’s been nearly a decade since the first iPhone came out, yet everyone still gets beyond excited and waits with extreme, possibly unhealthy, anticipation for the next model.
History has shown a pattern of early September debuts and although it’s been rumored to be released September 7th, it may actually be later than sooner. The newest (some say official) word being spread is that it’ll be September 9 for pre-orders and September 23 for the official release.
So what is there to look forward to? Let me highlight some of the most exciting and controversial rumors and confirmations people are saying about the iPhone 7.
Let’s begin with a modest topic and one that’s quite often discussed here at Lumsing:
Everyone who currently has an iPhone 6, has had one, or knows someone with one understands me when I say that its battery is quite terrible; and by terrible I mean, I’ll make it through my work-day if I shove it into a drawer and don’t look at it until 6 pm. Apart from the iPhone 6 Plus, the standard iPhone 6’s weak battery has been nearly detrimental to my sanity. However, it’s done great things for Lumsing! Muahaha. Thank you, Apple.
Regardless of whether or not you have a power bank, we’re always hoping the battery on our phones will be better and last longer, just because it should. Don’t worry, Glory, you’re not going anywhere.
What does that mean for the new iPhone 7? Well, it’s old news now and I’m sure you’ve already heard, but Apple plans on taking out the headphone jack! According to EverythingApplePro on YouTube, Bloomberg has officially confirmed this and other information, which I’ll mention later on. But, this could be good for many reasons. For one, it would allow more room for a bigger and better battery. But will it be? One source claims that it’ll be 14% bigger, but this seems to be an exaggeration. GSMArena marks the iPhone 6’s battery at 1810mAh and the iPhone 7 at 1960mAh, which is only an 8% increase.
What’s more, this battery will need to support the new and more powerful processor, which is rumored to be made by Intel (in most variations) instead of Qualcomm. However, it should still result in a longer-lasting battery, at least compared to the last generation.
Alright, let’s go back to one of the most exciting and controversial topics on the new iPhone:
Eliminating the Headphone Jack
What, no headphone jack? What are we going to do? Well, there’s talk and assumptions that Apple will include either a converter for your standard 3.5mm jack headphones or give us Bluetooth headphones. I’d prefer the latter, I suppose, but what if you just invested in a pair of expensive noise-cancelling Bose headphones? Let’s talk about the possible pros and cons, shall we?
There have been rumors about this and how it will affect other specs on the matter. One of the more exciting design details that could possibly happen is the iPhone 7 being waterproof or water/dust resistant. Of course we still don’t know if this is true or to what extent, but that would undoubtedly be amazing.
Another rumored detail relating to the missing jack is the stereo (or what appears to be) speakers on the bottom of the phone. If
you’ve heard that instead of the headphone jack there will be stereo speakers in its place, eh, evidently that’s not exactly true. A recent leak has shown what appears to be stereo speakers could just be cosmetic for symmetry and would also house the microphone instead. Bummer, huh?
Also, without the headphone jack, you’ll either have to use Bluetooth headphones or a Lightning Connector converter. This means that if you plan on using your standard headphones and new jack converter, you won’t be able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. What?! So, I guess everyone should start investing in some Bluetooth headphones. See what I did there? Thanks again Apple!
So while eliminating the jack sounds like it could be a great thing, it seems like it’s becoming more disappointing than anything.
One of the last things that I’m going to mention is another big detail that was confirmed by Bloomberg, according to other sources, which is:
The Dual Camera
Interested? Unfortunately, this design is said to only be available on the more advanced (and expensive) models, the Plus and/or Pro. Oh, Apple. They sure do know how to make money. However, the standard iPhone 7 should include a camera with a larger sensor, which would mean bigger pixels and higher quality, and it might even do better in low-light settings. But what would a dual camera do for our pictures, you ask? Well, it would have better optical zoom, perform better in low-light settings, and might even be able to capture different angles while using different settings at the same time. This means that you could potentially capture a normal picture and a zoomed-in picture simultaneously, or possibly take a slow-motion and normal video at the same time.
Other rumors include things like a dual SIM card tray, getting rid of the 16G and a smart (wireless) connector, but these details were talked about by bloggers and vloggers back in July and haven’t been brought up again since.
So, are you for or against the changes that may or may not be made to the new iPhone 7? I, for one, think I might just wait for the iPhone 8 that should be coming out this time next year, when the iPhone turns 10. That’s definitely one birthday celebration I don’t want to miss out on.