Apple betting big on the glass iPhone 8

Apple may be planning a grand return to the phone industry disruption game next year, if various analysts and assorted rumormongers are any indication, with an all-glass iPhone that could have a curved display aspect for reasons known only to Apple for now. Well, curved screen would mean only one thing – Apple will be using flexible AMOLED screens for that model – and the speculation is rife that Samsung is poised to supply it with up to 100 million 5.5″ sheets for the task at hand.

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Of course, not everything will be delivered at once, as it is allegedly a three year contract running until 2019. Today’s water in the Apple-AMOLED rumor mill is added by a research piece that claims Samsung will initially ship 40 million units for the 2017 iPhone 8 Plus model, or whatever it is named. In 2018, the batch will eventually grow to 80 million, and 120 million the year after.

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Needless to say, by now there is barely a large mobile OLED display maker that hasn’t been rumored to be in talks with Apple on such panels – Samsung, Sharp, JDI, AUO and LG have all been speculated already – so we can safely assume that Samsung won’t be an exclusive supplier for long, if at all, yet the sheer thought for an iPhone with AMOLED screen has us salivating for more details.


iPhone 8 Release Date Specs Rumours and Price

The iPhone 8 is still well over a year away from launch. But rumours are already arriving, so here’s everything we know about the iPhone 8, including the iPhone 8 release date, specs, features, and price.

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Apple’s next iPhone is due to arrive in September 2016, but the rumour mill waits for no man. That’s why we’re already looking forward to 2017’s iPhone 8, and it seems we’re not the only ones.

Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputable industry analyst at KGI Securities, is already dropping bold claims about the iPhone 8. Perhaps the most interesting tip is that the phone will feature a new ‘all-glass design’. Another market analyst from Barclays recently speculated that the iPhone 8 could finally incorporate wireless charging, a feature previously missed on all Apple handsets to date.

But we don’t need to depend on analysts to get a good idea of what the iPhone 8 might look like. The smartphone industry is very predictable, so we’re pretty confident about what’s in store for Apple fans in 2017.

LATEST IPHONE 8 NEWS:
When does the iPhone 8 come out? Approx. September 2017

What’s new about the iPhone 8? Rumoured: New glass body, A11 processor, Intel modem

How much will the iPhone 8 cost? $750 (possibly)

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IPHONE 8 RELEASE DATE UK & US – WHEN WILL THE NEW IPHONE 8 COME OUT?
While we can’t pin down an exact iPhone 8 release date just yet, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict a launch window with reasonable accuracy. Apple tends to launch flagship phones in September, usually leaving about a week-and-a-half gap between the announcement and release.

Here’s a look back at previous iPhone launches:

iPhone 6S: Revealed on September 9 (Wednesday), released on September 19 (Saturday)
iPhone 6: Revealed on September 9 (Tuesday), released on September 19 (Friday)
iPhone 5S: Revealed on September 10 (Tuesday), released on September 20 (Friday)
iPhone 5: Revealed on September 12 (Wednesday), released on September 21 (Friday)
Based on those dates, we’d expect Apple’s iPhone 8 event to take place on either Tuesday, September 12, or Wednesday, September 13. In 2017, obviously. And the iPhone 8 release date would likely fall on either Friday, September 22, or Saturday, September 23.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until much closer to the date. Apple generally announces its launch event a couple of weeks prior to the big day, so keep an eye out in late August or early September.

IPHONE 8 OR IPHONE 7S – WHAT WILL THE NEXT IPHONE BE CALLED?
Apple has always adopted a tick-tock approach to iPhone launches. One year we get a major overhaul, and the next year we get a slightly tweaked ‘-S’ variant. In 2015, we had the iPhone 6S. This year, we’re expecting the iPhone 7. And next year, as tradition dictates, we’ll see the iPhone 7S, right?

Maybe not. According to a MacRumors report, Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz speculated the following:

“There might be no ‘S’ cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the “S” cycle next year and instead jump to IP8.”

Moskowitz says that the high number of significant improvements that have been rumoured – like an OLED display and wireless charging – could “drive a mega cycle”.

If Apple did decide to move straight from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8, it would be a serious break of habit. However, it’s been speculated for a while that Apple could eventually drop the numbers in the iPhone branding entirely, instead just calling 2017’s handset: iPhone.

It’s not without precedent; Apple’s third-generation iPad – the iPad 3 – was marketed as ‘The new iPad’, to help simplify Apple’s tablet branding.

Do you think Apple should finally get rid of the numbers in the iPhone branding? Let us know in the comments.

IPHONE 8 FEATURES – WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE IPHONE 8?
Despite the iPhone 8 being months away, we’ve already seen a significant volume of rumours about the handset. Enough to warrant this article, anyway. So what’s expected to change? Here are a few of the rumoured features:

All-glass design
Wireless charging
OLED/AMOLED display
5.8-inch screen
A11 chip
Intel 7360 LTE modem
iOS 11 software
We’ll update this article with newly rumoured components as and when the leaks arrive, and you can read on below for more information about exactly what the iPhone 8 will look like.

SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE IPHONE 8?
Should you wait for the iPhone 8? That’s a tough question, since we’re so far from launch, and solid information about the device is hard to come by.

Perhaps the best argument for holding off on buying a new phone before the iPhone 8 is that the handset is rumoured to be a major overhaul. It’s expected to be very different than previous iPhones, and should feature significant improvements when compared the upcoming iPhone 7.

But as ever, the iPhone 8 will be facing off against stiff competition. While we don’t know for certain, we’d expect that the following phones will be available to buy when the iPhone 8 goes on sale: Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 6 (and maybe Note 7), LG G6, HTC 11, Moto X (2017), and new Sony Xperia devices. It’s also likely that the iPhone 8 will shortly be followed by a new Google Nexus handset(s).

Realistically, though, we can’t advise waiting such a huge amount of time for a phone that may not even exist yet. If you want a new phone now, you’ve got plenty of choice with 2016’s formidable roster of flagships – and the iPhone 8 isn’t one of them.

IPHONE 8 SCREEN – WILL IT USE OLED?
Apple’s screen sizes have always been a contentious issue. When Apple moved from 4-inch screens to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there was an uproar from small-handed gadgeteers. That’s partly why Apple is now selling a 4-inch handset once again – the iPhone SE.

But those fond of 4-inchers might want to look away now.

Apple is rumoured to be working on a 5.8-inch iPhone, according to a pre-publication Digitimes article that was posted by The Motley Fool in March 2016. The report noted that Apple had a view to launch the phone “in 2018 or even earlier in 2017”.

That particular rumour was based on an alleged order for 5.8-inch AMOLED display panels. That’s larger than the 5.5-inch screen featured on the iPhone 6S Plus, which remains Apple’s biggest iPhone to date.

According to the report, Samsung’s display division is the prime candidate to supply the larger AMOLED panels. However, it notes that LG Display and Japan Display will be “joining in later” to help mass-manufacturer the screens. The supply chain sources cited in the article say Apple is hoping to acquire at least 50 million panels within the first year of the iPhone’s availability.

AMOLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple’s iPhones. That’s because rather than requiring a power-hungry backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary. This also means that you get true black – i.e. a pixel is turned off – rather than the faux black created by a backlit LCD screen. Samsung already uses AMOLED screens in its Galaxy S-series smartphones, and Apple has been long-rumoured to jump ship soon too.

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IPHONE 8 SPECS – HOW POWERFUL WILL IT BE?
New 10nm processor? – The most likely improvement we’ll see on the iPhone 8 spec sheet is a fancy new processor. Apple designs its own SoCs (system-on-a-chip), and tends to debut a new chip with every major iPhone release. The latest chip is the A9, which powers the iPhone 6S. The iPhone 7 is expected to run on the yet-to-be-announced A10. And the iPhone 8 will, more than likely, feature an A11 chip.

A recently leaked ARM presentation seemed to show that the company is working on reference designs for CPUs built on a highly-efficient 10nm manufacturing process. Apple bases its own chips on ARM’s reference designs, and tends to outsource manufacturing of its processors to either TSMC or Samsung. TSMC has already promised 10nm chip production in 2016, and it’s reported that Samsung is trying to beat it to the punch.

By contrast, the A9 chip is built using a less-efficient 16nm manufacturing process. As such, a 10nm A11 chip would be faster and more power-efficient than its predecessors. While we can’t say for certain, it looks highly likely that the iPhone 8 will feature an SoC built using this 10nm process.

Modem – We’d also expect the iPhone 8 to feature an improved modem, although it’s not clear what model the handset will feature just yet. Here’s why.

Apple has historically used US chip-maker Qualcomm – the market leader for phone chips – to supply the modems in the iPhone. But for this year, Intel is rumoured to be courting Apple for the job in an attempt to shut out Qualcomm.

Intel reportedly has over 1,000 employees building its 7360 LTE modem with the hope of having the chip feature in the iPhone 7. If Apple turns to Intel this year, and likes what it sees, Qualcomm could lose out on the iPhone contract for the foreseeable future. That means an iPhone 8 could very well feature an Intel modem, likely the successor to the to the 7360.

But if Intel doesn’t bag the contract, what modem will the iPhone 8 use? There’s a good chance that it might feature the Snapdragon X16, Qualcomm’s sixth-generation LTE modem, which was revealed earlier this year.

The Snapdragon X16 is built using a 14nm manufacturing process, and supports “fibre-like” LTE Cat. 16 download speeds. That’s far better than the Cat.6 modem featured in the iPhone 6S, and better still than the X12 modem built into the Snapdragon 820 SoC – that’s the one used in the LG G5 and some Samsung Galaxy S7 models.

For contrast, Cat.12 LTE support means your phone could theoretically download at 600Mbps speeds, assuming your network can supply such nippy downlink. But the Cat.16-friendly Snapdragon X16 supports breakneck download speeds of up to 1Gbps.

That means a 4K movie – estimated at 100GB average file size – could be downloaded in just over 13 minutes. And a Blu-ray movie, which averages at around 20GB, could arrive in a quarter of that time.

Manufacturers are already sampling the Snapdragon X16 right now, and the first products to feature the chip are “expected in the second half of 2016”, according to Qualcomm. As such, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Snapdragon X16 featured in the iPhone 8.

IPHONE 8 BATTERY LIFE – WILL IT HAVE A BIGGER BATTERY?
Apple’s iPhones have generally shipped with smaller batteries than their Android counterparts. That’s generally thought to be because Apple controls all aspects of the iPhone – hardware and software – which makes it easier to ensure its devices are very battery efficient. It also means that Apple can keep its devices nice and trim.

But battery sizes on Android devices are ballooning, and you’ll find plenty of customers willing to testify against the battery life on iPhones. Poor battery life is increasingly a cause for concern amongst consumers, and Apple is under pressure to keep improving.

The iPhone 6S features a 1,715mAh lithium ion battery, which Apple says offers 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video playback, and 10 days of standby time. In our review, we wrote that the iPhone 6S “consistently managed 15 to 17 hours” of life per day.

But the battery in the iPhone 6S was actually downsized from the iPhone 6 cell, which had a 1,810mAh capacity. That’s partly because Apple had to cram in the Taptic Engine for 3D Touch, which shows that Apple isn’t afraid to introduce new features at the expense of battery capacity.

We haven’t heard any rumours about the exact iPhone 8 battery life just yet, so we wouldn’t feel comfortable putting exact numbers down. All we know for certain is that Apple is willing to bring battery size both upwards and downwards with new releases, so there’s no guarantee the iPhone 8 will improve battery life.

Fortunately, battery life isn’t entirely dependent on battery size. It is also affected by improvements to the processor and GPU, the screen technology (OLED, anyone?), and a host of other components. So just because the iPhone 8 might have a smaller battery cell doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be cabled to the mains all day long.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IPHONE 8

Make no mistake: the iPhone 8 is still well over a year away from launch. But rumours are already arriving, so here’s everything we know about the iPhone 8, including the iPhone 8 release date, specs, features, and price.

Apple’s next iPhone is due to arrive in September 2016, but the rumour mill waits for no man. That’s why we’re already looking forward to 2017’s iPhone 8, and it seems we’re not the only ones.

Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputable industry analyst at KGI Securities, is already dropping bold claims about the iPhone 8. Perhaps the most interesting tip is that the phone will feature a new ‘all-glass design’. Another market analyst from Barclays recently speculated that the iPhone 8 could finally incorporate wireless charging, a feature previously missed on all Apple handsets to date.

But we don’t need to depend on analysts to get a good idea of what the iPhone 8 might look like. The smartphone industry is very predictable, so we’re pretty confident about what’s in store for Apple fans in 2017.

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Modem – We’d also expect the iPhone 8 to feature an improved modem, although it’s not clear what model the handset will feature just yet. Here’s why.

Apple has historically used US chip-maker Qualcomm – the market leader for phone chips – to supply the modems in the iPhone. But for this year, Intel is rumoured to be courting Apple for the job in an attempt to shut out Qualcomm.

Intel reportedly has over 1,000 employees building its 7360 LTE modem with the hope of having the chip feature in the iPhone 7. If Apple turns to Intel this year, and likes what it sees, Qualcomm could lose out on the iPhone contract for the foreseeable future. That means an iPhone 8 could very well feature an Intel modem, likely the successor to the to the 7360.

But if Intel doesn’t bag the contract, what modem will the iPhone 8 use? There’s a good chance that it might feature the Snapdragon X16, Qualcomm’s sixth-generation LTE modem, which was revealed earlier this year.

The Snapdragon X16 is built using a 14nm manufacturing process, and supports “fibre-like” LTE Cat. 16 download speeds. That’s far better than the Cat.6 modem featured in the iPhone 6S, and better still than the X12 modem built into the Snapdragon 820 SoC – that’s the one used in the LG G5 and some Samsung Galaxy S7 models.

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For contrast, Cat.12 LTE support means your phone could theoretically download at 600Mbps speeds, assuming your network can supply such nippy downlink. But the Cat.16-friendly Snapdragon X16 supports breakneck download speeds of up to 1Gbps.

That means a 4K movie – estimated at 100GB average file size – could be downloaded in just over 13 minutes. And a Blu-ray movie, which averages at around 20GB, could arrive in a quarter of that time.

Manufacturers are already sampling the Snapdragon X16 right now, and the first products to feature the chip are “expected in the second half of 2016”, according to Qualcomm. As such, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Snapdragon X16 featured in the iPhone 8.

IPHONE 8 SOFTWARE AND IOS 11

Apple’s smartphone software is cyclical, so we’re fairly confident that the iPhone 8 will run on iOS 11. That might sound pretty crazy, since iOS 10 isn’t even out yet. But a new iPhone has always heralded a new version of iOS, and iOS 10 – set to debut on the iPhone 7 – will be old news once the iPhone 8 starts shipping.

While iOS 11 is likely to arrive in September, we’re sure to see a beta version for the software far earlier. Apple will probably reveal this at its Worldwide Developer Conference, which we’d expect will take place in June 2017.

But is iOS 11 guaranteed? Maybe not. After all, Microsoft skipped Windows 9, instead releasing Windows 10 and calling it the “last version of Windows”. Could Apple follow suit and create a lasting, cross-device OS that works on iPhone, iPad, and even Mac devices? We’ve got no idea, but it’s a fun thought.

IPHONE 8 PRICE – HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Putting an exact figure on the iPhone 8 price is impossible at this point. In fact, pending a miracle leak, it will be impossible until Apple’s September 2017 launch event.

But we can take a pretty good guess. Here’s how much Apple was charging for its previous flagship phones at launch:

iPhone 5 – $750
iPhone 5S – $770
iPhone 6 – $760
iPhone 6S – $740
Based on those figures, it’s clear that the average is £539. However, by 2017, we wouldn’t be surprised to see prices rise to $750. After all, the Samsung Galaxy S7 launched at $790 this year.

iPhone 8 concept is the most beautiful smartphone

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might represent the fastest-selling smartphone duo of all time, but some people find certain aspects of the phones’ design to be “appalling.” We also discussed some questionable design decisions in our in-depth iPhone 6 review, though we didn’t feel quite that strongly about them. Either way, it makes sense that people would begin looking toward the future in search of new iPhone designs, since not everyone is happy with the look of the current iPhones.

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Now, a new iPhone concept attempts to look beyond the next few years, where Apple’s iPhone of the future is the most beautiful handset the world has ever seen.

Forget next year’s iPhone 6s. Forget the iPhone 7 expected in 2016 and its sequel, which will likely debut in 2018. A graphic designer who goes by “Steel Drake” took to Behance earlier this week to share his vision of the iPhone 8, a device that likely won’t debut until sometime in 2019.

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And if Apple’s actual iPhone 8 looks anything like Drake’s vision, 2019 can’t get here soon enough.

Via Concept Phones, the concept renders on Behance show a unibody smartphone case formed from a single piece of glass that covers the front and back of the iPhone, and also wraps around the top and bottom of the device. Aluminum inserts on the sides are then home to buttons and antennas.

A design like this is absolutely outside the scope of reality in 2014, but a lot can happen in five years.

Several additional images of Steel Drake’s iPhone 8 concept follow below, and the rest can be seen by following the link down in our source section.

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Some designers already not haunted iPhone 8 – one designer showed his own vision of the future of the smartphone. The author tried to keep the concept of the machine recognizable appearance, but added a number of interesting innovations.

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For example, according to the designer, iPhone may well get a second display that is located on the back side of the case. Apple logo it moved to the front of the device below the main screen.

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The “Home” has ceased to be physical, and is integrated into the display. But the front camera the author of the concept removed – the user can quite make video calls, to shoot self in the main chamber, as there is an additional display that can show what is happening in the chamber. In addition, in the iPhone 8 is: the wireless charging, laser keyboard and other innovations,that expected by many fans of smartphones from Apple.

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Forget iPhone 7 Check Out Two Amazing iPhone 8 Concepts

The iPhone 8 may be a long way off, but designers have come up with fabulous designs for the smartphone. Take a look at two groundbreaking concepts of the iPhone 8.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may be the “it” smartphones to have. However, with rumors of the iPhone 6s mini creating a stir, iFans are looking forward to the next-gen models.

While rumors pertaining to the production of the A9 chip for the iPhone 7 may be gaining traction, we have two amazing concepts of the iPhone 8 that will take your breath away.

The first concept of the iPhone 8 is courtesy of Steele Drake from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, who shared his vision of the smartphone on Bechance.

The glass unibody design for the concept iPhone 8 is reminiscent of Sony’s Xperia smartphone. The concept sticks to the slightly curved edges and metal design. However, the top and bottom edges of the device are encased in a glass display.

Drake kept the look of the volume button the same. The middle area of the smartphone looks like it has been donned up in a plastic-rubber combination. The phone seems a tad bulky than the preceding models, but the curvy design makes it fabulous looking.

Mihael Merkler has also devised a concept iPhone 8 that is quite futuristic looking. The concept may have a 4.5-inch screen, which is smaller than the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch display, but it shows off the UI via the laser keyboard projector.

The model has an Apple logo in RGB Micro LED, which flashes different hues for the specific notification received by a user.

Merkler’s concept of the iPhone 8 packs a colossal 25-megapixel primary camera with an LED flash in tow. The concept smartphone also imbibes a 5-megapixel secondary camera with flash and special light sensor to cater to all your selfie needs.

The stylish-looking premium smartphone is made of 14 karat gold, glass, carbon fiber and aluminum. It also houses the fingerprint scanner; however, in our opinion, the Home button seems a little too big.

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Apple’s new smartphone, expected to be called either the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, will have more than 5 per cent less battery power than its predecessor, according to reports from component makers in China.

And photographs revealed yesterday appear to confirm that it will be slightly larger and heavier than the model it replaces, in a reversal of the usual consumer electronics trend towards products that are ever slimmer and lighter.

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MacRumors has published images of an iPhone 6S or 7 that has been assembled from leaked components. It looks indistinguishable from the current model, but measures 7.08mm thick, compared with the 6.9mm iPhone 6. The larger screened iPhone 6S Plus comes in at 7.3mm, compared with 7.1mm for its predecessor. Both new iPhones are also slightly taller and broader than the models they replace, but by less than a millimetre in each direction.

The slight increase in size results from “several factors including a change in the aluminum being used for the shell, thickening of weak spots in the case to help address concerns over bending, and new support for Force Touch functionality in the display”, according to MacRumors.

The changes are small enough that few will notice them unless the old and new handsets are placed side by side, and cases and other accessories designed for one iPhone are likely to fit the other. Of more concern to potential customers is likely to be this week’s claim that the new model will have a less powerful battery.

Tech news site cnBeta says the battery capacity of the standard-sized iPhone 6S or 7 will be reduced from 1810 milliampere hours to 1715 mAh, and the large-screened model will drop from 2910 to 2750 mAh. That amounts to a power drop of 5.3 per cent for the iPhone 6S or 7, and of 5.5 per cent for the larger iPhone 6S Plus or 7 Plus.

“These aren’t huge decreases,” says Forbes, “but it is of particular concern for the iPhone 6S as battery life is already one of the worst features of the iPhone 6.”

iPhone users frequently complain about their handsets being unable to make it through the day without needing to be recharged.

Many had been hoping that the iPhone 6S or 7 would herald an improvement in battery life, particularly because Apple appears to have been focusing on the problem.

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The company “has made a point of how new operating system iOS 9 will be more energy efficient than iOS 8, including a new Low Power mode and new updates adding around an hour to battery life,” says the Daily Telegraph.

Software improvements may compensate for the new iPhones smaller batteries, but it seems clear that prospective customers should not expect a significant increase in battery life.

Nor should they expect the iPhone 6S or 7 to be any smaller or lighter than its predecessor. This week’s report from cnBeta appears to confirm earlier leaked information suggesting that the new handset will be marginally thicker and broader, if only by a few millimetres, to accommodate the pressure sensitive touchscreen necessary for Force Touch (see below). It will also be a few grams heavier.

Yesterday, 9to5Mac.com reported that in the US, phone companies will sell the iPhone 6S or 7 on two-year contracts at the same price offered for iPhone 6 at its launch last year. No details about pricing for Sim-free purchases directly from Apple have yet been leaked.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6S or 7 at an event in California on 9 September. It never comments on new products in advance of their official launch.

For several months Apple has been expected to equip the iPhone 6S or 7 with Force Touch, a new input method already available on the Apple Watch and MacBook laptop. But now a new leak appears to reveal precisely how it will work on the smartphone.

Force Touch makes use of a modified touchscreen which can differentiate between a light tap and a longer, harder touch, and react differently to each. For example, on the Apple Watch, a light tap on an email opens it up to be read, while more sustained pressure takes the user directly to the reply screen.

On the iPhone 6S or 7, says 9to5Mac, Force Touch will let you skip long lists of menus.

“A user can look up a point of interest in the Maps application, and then Force Touch on the destination to immediately begin turn-by-turn directions, the website says. “Currently, if a user wants to start navigating to a destination, she must search for the point of interest, click the navigation logo on the map view, then click another button to actually start navigating. In this case, the Force Touch gesture will skip two steps.”

In other contexts, Force Touch will bring up menus containing further options, for example a firm press on the phone icon on the home screen will let you “shortcut directly to the voicemail tab”.

Although Apple never comments on what it has in store for the next iPhone, analysts and consumers will be surprised and disappointed if the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 doesn’t come with a substantially upgraded camera when it’s unveiled next month.

For some time Apple’s eight-megapixel camera has looked, on paper, as if it should have been eclipsed by those fitted to rival smartphones – although there have been few complaints from iPhone users.

“Apple’s focus on ease of use, coupled with image processing that’s consistently spot-on, has enabled the iPhone to deliver image quality far in excess of what others have been able to achieve with similar hardware,” writes Paul Monckton for Forbes.

Nevertheless, most commentators say that the iPhone 6S or 7 will have to deliver an improvement in photographic capabilities.

Soon after the launch of the last iPhone, John Gruber, a blogger who runs the website Daring Fireball and has often revealed accurate information about forthcoming Apple products, told consumers to prepare themselves for the “biggest camera jump” ever on the next iPhone model. He said he had heard that the new phone would have two lenses, which, in tandem, would bring iPhone 6S image quality up to that of a full-sized digital SLR camera.

That report has since been largely discredited, at least for the 2015 iPhone model, as analysts are not expecting Apple to introduce the kind of radical design changes that would be needed in order to equip its phones with dual lenses.

But more recent reports do still point to substantial improvement in the iPhone 6S or 7 camera.

“The camera on the next iPhone will have a bigger sensor that can take in more light, and a lens that’s designed to work with that improved sensor,” reports Business Insider. “This means we can expect the iPhone 6S to capture higher-quality photos than the iPhone 6.”

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It quotes an unnamed source who says that Apple has ordered 12-megapixel camera sensors, and a new lens assembly to work alongside them. Both components are said to have entered mass production.

Increasing the megapixel count will result in several advantages. “[It] would improve overall sharpness, but more importantly, enable cropping more deeply into images without a noticeable loss of quality and provide higher quality digital zoom for video,” Forbes says. “It would also finally allow Apple to tick the 4K video box on the forthcoming spec sheet.”

Many other smartphone makers have equipped their handsets with ultrahigh-definition 4K video, but Apple’s previous phones have not been capable of recording video with the necessary resolution.

Business Insider’s report suggests that Apple may be planning an even more substantial camera upgrade for whatever model it produces after the iPhone 6S or 7. It says the 2016 upgrade will include six lens elements rather than the five used in the iPhone 6 and planned for the phone that will replace it this autumn.

What’s the significance of the extra lens element?
Each lens element is a curved piece of glass, or, in the case of smartphone camera assemblies, a tiny sliver of plastic, which refracts light in a highly controlled manner.

There is no direct link between the number of lens elements and the quality of the image they produce, but as a general rule more sophisticated smartphone camera set-ups require more lens elements.

“In order to increase a camera’s aperture, which is essentially a passage that allows light to enter through the camera, you would need to add more elements to a camera’s lens,” explains TechInsider.” The larger the aperture, the more light can travel through the lens to the camera’s body, which in turn produces better photographs.”

If Apple does produce a new iPhone next year with a six-element lens, it will be catching up with some of its rivals. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and OnePlus 2 both have cameras with six-element lens assemblies.

How else could Apple improve the iPhone 6S camera?

Here are several other ways in which Apple could beef up its smartphone’s camera:

Ultrahigh-definition 4K video: Most of Apple’s rivals already offer this feature, but the relatively modest eight-megapixel camera on the iPhone 6 isn’t up to the job. That may not be too much of a concern to most consumers, and Apple has often proved resistant to adding features simply for the sake of a higher number on the specs sheet, but if, as reports suggest, it is boosting the iPhone 7’s pixel count for other reasons it may as well add 4K video too.

Better image stabilisation: A patent application suggests that Apple is working on an all-new optical image stabilisation system. While the current iPhone 6 Plus uses data from the handset’s gyroscope to counteract the effect of camera shake, the proposed new system would be far more mechanical – and closer in exectution to the image-stabilisation systems used in SLR cameras. According to the technical document filed by Apple, the new technology would include “a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another”.

Stable images: Only the larger of Apple’s two current iPhones, the 6 Plus, features optical image stabilisation – which helps to prevent blurry images, especially in low-light conditions. The most obvious improvement would therefore be to extend that feature to the junior version of the iPhone 6S or 7 as well, although space constraints within the smaller chassis may prove challenging. If reports that the new iPhone’s battery will be smaller prove correct, it is possible that some of that space could be allocated to a stabilisation unit.

Faster camera launch: One simple way in which Apple might improve the camera is to speed up the launch process and make it more accessible whatever you’re doing with your phone at the moment a photographic opportunity arises. The iPhone 6 is no laggard, but rivals from Samsung, LG and Sony have recently overtaken Apple’s launch procedure. Shaving a second or two off the process may not make any headlines, but it would please millions of iPhone photographers.

Faster, brighter lens: The aperture of the lens on the iPhone 6 – which determines how much light the camera sensor receives – is a respectable f/2.2, but it has been superseded by rival smartphone makers offering cameras with f/1.8 apertures. “While these might seem like very small numerical differences, the extra light gathering capability is really rather large,” says Forbes. “When all other parameters remain equal, an aperture of f/1.8 gathers 50 per cent more light than an aperture of f/2.2.” Stepping up the brightness of the lens could help to counteract the effect of reducing the iPhone 7’s pixel sensor size (see above).

Variable aperture: This would allow Apple to take a substantial step towards the “DSLR quality images” touted by many commentators. The size of the camera lens aperture – in simple terms, the hole through which light passes to reach the sensor – determines how much of the image is in focus. A wide aperture produces a narrow depth of field – which means, for example, that a pin-sharp subject in the foreground of a photo will stand out against an out-of-focus background. A narrow aperture keeps much more of the image in focus, which is useful in landscape photography. Equipping the iPhone 7 with a variable aperture would give smartphone photographers the kind of controls over depth of field that SLR cameras have offered for decades.

Two German mobile phone networks are preparing for the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 to go on sale on 18 September, suggesting that Apple is planning to repeat the launch pattern of previous years for its 2015 iPhone upgrade. A second leak, from Japanese Home, suggests that Japan is also gearing up for an 18 September debut.

Last week leaked information suggested that Apple will schedule its launch event for the new phone for 8 or 9 September (see below), and the on-sale date has typically followed on the Friday of the week after the grand unveiling.

The handset is likely to go on sale in the UK on the same day as in Germany and Japan, according to Apple Insider.

“Germany has long been one of Apple’s first-tier launch countries,” the website reports. “If the rumored launch date is accurate, that would therefore point to when the 6s will ship in other first-tier regions — namely Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the US, with mainland China being a possibility.”

Apple is planning to reveal the new iPhone on Wednesday 9 September, according to reports that have been seized on by Apple enthusiasts.

“The company intends to hold a special event the week of Sept. 7, with Wednesday the 9th being the most likely date,” reports John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed.

Tech news site MacRumors says Paczkowski “has provided reliable information on event dates in the past”, but a Wednesday launch for the iPhone 7 would break with recent Apple tradition. For the past two years, the company has held its annual iPhone events on a Tuesday, with the new models going on sale on the Friday of the following week. For that reason, The Independent suggests that Tuesday 8 September is the likely launch date.

There is more agreement about when the new iPhone will actually go on sale, with 18 September the favoured date. Several large phone companies, including two in Germany and one in Japan, have let slip that they’re preparing to support the iPhone 7 from that day – and the handset is likely to go on sale in the UK at the same time, according to Apple Insider.

“Germany has long been one of Apple’s first-tier launch countries,” the website reports. “If the rumored launch date is accurate, that would therefore point to when the 6s will ship in other first-tier regions — namely Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the US, with mainland China being a possibility.”

However, it’s not clear whether the companies’ preparations are based on inside information, or an assumption based on Apple’s previous launch schedules.

iPhone 7 UK Rumours

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September, but now that we’re well into 2015 it’s no surprise that chatter about what’s next for Apple’s smartphone is getting louder and clearer. Here’s everything we know about the iPhone 7 release date, specs, new features and design rumours and bring you the latest iPhone 7 speculation to help you stay up-to-date with the latest iPhone 7 news, rumours and leaks. When is the iPhone 7 coming out? Updated 17/8/15 with new reports regarding the implimentation of Force Touch technology, as well as a video comparing an iPhone 6 shell with a next-generation iPhone 7 shell.

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iPhone 7 rumours: Isn’t it going to be the iPhone 6S?
Some of you might be thinking, isn’t it going to be called the iPhone 6S next? After all, Apple has released an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and now iPhone 6 (alongside the iPhone 6 Plus). So if history repeats itself, it’s likely that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 6S rather than the iPhone 7. See also: iPhone 5S vs iPhone 6 comparison
However, Apple has surprised us somewhat over the past two years, releasing an iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S in 2013, and an iPhone 6 Plus alongside the iPhone 6 in 2014. We’re wondering whether Apple might soon decide to ditch the numbers completely and stick with iPhone, iPhone Plus and iPhone C, perhaps. Or, simply ditch the ‘S’ models and launch an iPhone 7.
In fact, reports that emerged in mid April suggest that the next iPhone is going to be so significantly different to and better than the iPhone 6 that Apple has decided the iPhone 6S name doesn’t fit, and instead will launch an iPhone 7 this autumn.
No one knows for sure yet though, so you’ll see both terms used within this article, although primarily iPhone 7 to keep things simple.
iPhone 7 release date rumours: When is the new iPhone 7 coming out?
Looking back over the recent history of Apple’s iPhone launches, it’s likely that the iPhone 7 will be unveiled at a special event in September 2015. It will be a little while until invites are sent out, though.
Our current prediction is 8 September. Why? Well, it’s a complete guess, but it’s an informed one. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled on 9 September, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S were unveiled on 10 September, and iPhone 5 was on 12 September. Apple goes for Tuesday or Wednesday launches (more often Tuesdays) so Tuesday 8 September 2015 is our iPhone 7 prediction.
According to Mobile News, the new iPhone will be released on September 25. It’s claimed that the blog received an internal email from Vodafone, which outlines the prelaunch plans and includes two dates: September 18 for pre-orders and September 25 for the launch. We’re not sure of the authenticity of the email and since the rumoured launch is months away, there’s still a chance that these dates could change.
However, opposing rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 could actually arrive in August, a few weeks earlier than expected.. The Economic Daily News has cited supply-chain sources who allegedly say that the iPhone 7 is in production already, and will launch a month earlier than we first thought. We’re taking this rumour with a pinch of salt for now, unless any further evidence emerges. And of course, if it does we’ll update you right here.
Update 10 August: August still seems unlikely, especially with Samsung’s Unpacked event(for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+) taking place on 13 August. The latest iPhone 7 launch event will take place during the week beginning 7 September with Wednesday 9 September the ‘most likely’, just a day after our prediction. This comes via Buzzfeed as requires just as much of a pinch of salt as the other proposed dates.
The unveiling of iOS 9 and the launch of the developer preview on 8 June at WWDC 2015 offered some further clues to the features we can expect in the next iPhone model, which you can read about in the camera section below.
Latest iPhone 7 rumours: Apple places huge iPhone 7 order with suppliers as it prepares for launch
Apple is reportedly preparing to place its biggest order ever for the iPhone 7, with 85 to 95 million units set to be manufactured in China this summer ahead of the new smartphone’s launch later this year. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal.
It’s believed that Apple asked suppliers to build 70 to 80 million units last year, so it looks like Apple is confident that the next iPhone will fly off the shelves too.

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Latest iPhone 7 rumours: iPhone 7 leaked images emerge
On 30 June, the first purported iPhone 7 leaked photos emerged, and we expected that this would spark a string of many more in the months to come – and we were right.
The first images come from 9To5Mac, which claims to have obtained the images from a “proven source familiar with Apple’s supply chain.”

The images show an iPhone case that looks almost identical to the iPhone 6, but is apparently destined for the iPhone 7 later this year. Despite previous rumours, the case is the same thickness and width as the iPhone 6.
Where the differences can be spotted is on the interior of the alleged iPhone 7 rear casing. The mounting points for the logic board and components are different, which suggests changes to some of the inner workings of the phone.

9To5Mac has since published a second report showing what it claims is the new logic board for the iPhone 7. According to the report, the new iPhone will have a new Qualcomm LTE chip that will have the potential to deliver up to two times faster LTE download speeds.

However, disappointingly, it looks like the iPhone 7 won’t have a dual-lens camera or an antenna-lineless design as the rumours have been suggesting. Of course, whether this case is the real deal remains to be seen, so we won’t know for sure until Apple shows off the next iPhone itself.

Following the first leaked images of alleged iPhone 7 parts, a second leak courtesy of Engadget shows what appears to be a schematic for the iPhone 7. According to the report, the images come from a source from a reliable Chinese supply chain. The schematics fit with previous reports that claimed the iPhone 7 would be 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, due to the introduction of Force Touch technology. Read more on that below.
Another leak comes from nowhereelse and gives us our first glimpse at the front panel of the next iPhone, be it the iPhone 6S or 7. The leak comes only a week after reports claiming that manufacturers have started production of the next-generation iPhone. The image appears to show the panels sitting out on the factory floor, possibly ready to be attached to the rear shells that were leaked back in June. It’s interesting to note that the source of the photo couldn’t confirm whether the displays were made of Sapphire Crystal, or if it’ll include Force Touch technology.

Just days after the above images were leaked, more images of the proported iPhone 7 display surfaced online, this time from a user named GeekBar on popular social network Weibo, as first reported by nowhereelse. GeekBar claims that the below images show the upcoming iPhone 7 display, which looks a lot like the iPhone 6 display but with a slightly different assembly.

The more eagle-eyed of you will also notice a small rectangular access panel that’s cut into the metal plate of the display – an area which has historically shilded iPhone screens from direct contact with internal components. Does this mean Force Touch is incoming with the next iPhone? It seems to be the case, as its already available for select MacBooks and, of course, the Apple Watch and is a logical next step for the company.

Most recently, CAD drawings and a CAD video have surfaced via uSwitch, which, if accurate, could serve as evidence that Apple will be adjusting the width of the next iPhone by 0.2mm, which takes the iPhone 6S/7 from 6.9mm to 7.1mm and the iPhone 6S/7 Plus from 7.1mm to 7.3mm (read more below). Why? It could be a result of implementing Force Touch technology in the device, or it could simply be in response to last years “bendgate” controversy.

Though this could be a fake, Apple tends to send CAD design renders to third-party case manufacturers ahead of general release, which is then used to manufacture compatible cases.

Apple is keen not to repeat the dramas of last years “Bendgate” saga with the iPhone 6 Plus, as the company is reinforcing key areas of the next-gen iPhone to prevent the device from bending. Reinforced areas include the areas around the volume buttons and the home button, two areas that bendgate reports focussed on last year.

A detailed video comparison has also been posted, showcasing the rear shell of the iPhone 6 along with the rear shell of the new iPhone. Interestingly, the video seems to confirm rumours that detailed a slightly thicker iPhone frame, as the shell in the video is also 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6 shell. Although the shell of the new iPhone is thicker and reinforced (in certain areas) the case still manages to be two grams lighter than the previous generation, weighing in at 25g compared to 27g of the iPhone 6 shell.
Latest iPhone 7 rumours: Force Touch display to make iPhone 7 thicker
Those aforementioned reports to suggest the next iPhone will be so different Apple will skip iPhone 6S come from well-respected and previously accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who says that the biggest difference between Apple’s iPhone 6 and the next iPhone is that it’ll have a Force Touch display. Apple currently uses Force Touch in the Apple Watch and its new MacBook, but Kuo thinks it’ll use different technology that, instead of actually measuring the pressure that you put on the screen to determine whether you’re tapping or pressing, will detect the contact area of your finger to make the distinction.
After some reports that suggested Force Touch would only come to the display of the larger iPhone this year, new claims from Economic Daily News say that both will get the technology after all. That’s according to a supply chain source, who says that Apple had originally planned to limit Force Touch to the 5.5in iPhone before settling on the final decision to implement it in both.
These reports have led to the creation of an iPhone concept showing what Force Touch could look like.

However, reports, which emerged in mid June, have suggested that the new iPhone will need to be slightly redesigned to accomodate the Force Touch display. Apparently, the new iPhone 7 will be made with a stronger aluminium 7000 and will be 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker in order to bring Force Touch technology to the device.
According to the latest reports, Force Touch on the iPhone 7 is said to work similarly in the way that it works in the Apple Watch, primarily focussing on shortcut actions, which should enable users to perform tasks from within apps more efficiently. It’ll be available throughout iOS 9, and users should feel the same haptic response as when using the functionality on the Apple Watch.
One example of this is in the Maps application; using Force Touch on a location should initiate the turn-by-turn navigation, cutting down the steps to get the directions you need. Another example is the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center – instead of just being able to enable and disable Bluetooth, force touching the icon may bring up the Bluetooth settings menu. It has benefits throughout iOS, and is a feature we hope to see included.
iPhone 7 release date rumours: iPhone 7 to feature an e-SIM
Recent reports suggest that it could be the end of days for the traditional SIM card, with a possible introduction of a simpler option; the e-SIM. An e-SIM is an electronic SIM card which would replace the physical SIMs used today and instead will opt for a virtual embedded equivalent. Rumours suggest that both Apple and Samsung are in talk with the GSMA (organisation that represents the interest of mobile operators) to use a standardised e-SIM in future handsets.
What are the benefits of having an e-SIM? First things first, it’ll make switching carriers easy and should allow for more flexible roaming. The idea is that with a standardised e-SIM, you’ll be able to make a call and switch operators without having to insert a specific SIM card. This idea translates to roaming too, as it’ll be much easier to switch to a local network if you’re looking to spend a long period of time in a particular country.
You can also wave goodbye to SIM adaptors! If you’ve ever had to go from a nano-SIM device to a micro-SIM device, you’ll know exactly what we mean.
iPhone 7 rumours: Design
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent a big design change from their predecessor, the iPhone 5S, so it’s likely that Apple won’t make such significant design changes to the next generation of iPhone. Traditionally, with Apple’s ‘S’ models, the design is almost identical to the previous iPhone’s design.
So, we can expect the iPhone 7 to have a 4.7in screen (and the iPhone 7 Plus should Apple decide to launch one to have a 5.5in display), a rounded, aluminium chassis and a very slim profile. It’s also likely that it’ll be available in Silver, Gold and Slate Grey.
However along with the announcement of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, there are also reports of a third iPhone model, complete with a 4in display. The report originated from DigiTimes, which has a hit-and-miss track record when it comes to iPhone leaks. The Taiwanese industry site claims that along with the two standard iPhones (4.7in and 5.5in), a new “C” variation will be showcased, currently known as the iPhone 6C.
The report goes on to claim that the 4.7in and 5.5in variations of the next iPhone will use Apple’s A9 chip, while the iPhone 6C will use a slightly older chip, the A8.
Apple could make the iPhone 7 lighter, though, thanks to the use of the stronger sapphire glass and more durable liquidmetal materials, both of which Apple is believed to be working with. Stronger materials mean Apple could use less metal and glass in the device, making lighter overall.
One design rumour we’ve been hearing recently is that Apple may decide to introduce a fourth colour option, this one with a rose gold finish like the Apple Watch Edition. Those rumours came from The Wall Street Journal, and designer Martin Hajek quickly came up with realistic concept images to show what a rose gold iPhone 7 might look like.

Not everyone is convinced that Apple won’t change the design of the iPhone 7, though. According to MacX.cn, Apple’s next iPhone will have a 5in, OLED display with a 400ppi resolution.
In March, a new patent revealed that Apple is investigating ways to make future iPhones waterproof without needing to compromise on the design. Instead of adding armour to the outside of the iPhone to protect it from water, the method would coat electronic components found inside the iPhone in a protective waterproof material that would prevent them from getting damaged should water find its way in. Clever.
iPhone 7 rumours: Specs & new features
The iPhone 7 will have a faster processor, probably names the A9, joined by an M9 co-processor.
Interestingly, it’s rumoured that Apple will finally up the iPhones RAM complement, with 2GB LPDDR4 memory. It could also boast camera improvements (although analysts say it won’t), as well as better battery life and new features such as wireless charging.
It’s believed that Samsung is the main supplier of Apple’s A9 processor, and that they’re being manufactured using a new 14-nanometer process, helping make them smaller, more efficient and more powerful. A report from DigiTimes has suggested that both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have started producing the next-generation A9 chipset for the iPhone 7. It’s also claimed that Apple has requested the manufacturers to make last minute changes to the chipset, though its thought that it wouldn’t affect the launch schedule.
iPhone 7 rumours: Enhanced Find my Friends
When Find my Friends was released by Apple back in October 2011, it was met by a mixed reaction; while some people saw the potential benefits of constant location sharing, many were creeped out by the idea. Users are in full control of who can see their current location, as you have to accept a request before friends/family can access your location and of course, you can always turn your location services off.
However almost four years on from its release, Find my Friends isn’t quite as popular as Apple would’ve hoped – and the company is hoping to revive the app with the next iPhone, if newly discovered patents are anything to go by.
Originally published by AppleInsider, the report claims that Apple has applied for not one but two new patents relating to location services. The first patent is described as a “customized location notification” and details a tweak to an existing iOS feature that enables users to send and receive event-based notifications as they move through various pre-set geo-fences.

It’d work by a user requesting that a second user shares their location, and agree to send and receive notification pushes via text, email, etc. If accepted, whenever the second user crosses a geo-fence boundary, the first user will receive a custom notification. Does it sound like a more advanced Find my Friends to anybody else? Hmmm.
The second patent is titled “indoor remote triggered location scanning” and describes a technology that can enable location tracking inside buildings. The patent describes the use of “nodes” similar to the tech used in Apple’s iBeacon, which can triangulate the location of your device.
So why would users want to be tracked inside buildings? There are a handful of situations in which it could be helpful. Imagine going out on a blind date a restaurant – instead of standing around awkwardly trying to spot the person based on a 3 year old profile photo, you could track their location and see what table they’re sat at (with their permission, of course!).
iPhone 7 with sidewall display: Apple’s answer to the Galaxy Note Edge?
However, there are some rumours to suggest that the iPhone 7 could have some new design features, though we’d take these rumours with a pinch of salt.
The speculation about a new design stems from an Apple patent that was published in 2015. It describes what Apple calls “sidewall displays,” similar to the display found on the Galaxy Note Edge.

The patent hints at a future iPhone with a display that extends onto the sides of the device, providing interactive or touch sensitive portions that give access to slide-to-unlock functionality, music player controls, messaging readout, called ID, system controls and more.
Perhaps Apple will decide to introduce the sidewall display to the iPhone 6 Plus’s successor, offering even more screen estate.
While the sidewall display and Touch ID display are both great ideas, what we really want to see is a higher resolution display. The iPhone 6 Plus’s display is 401ppi, but that’s still not as impressive as many of its rivals, including the Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3.
One of the biggest things which could happen to the screen is a Force Touch display which is found in the new MacBook’s trackpack and the Apple Watch. It would mean the iPhone 7 could distinguish between a tap and a press (not a long press) opening up a world of possibilities.
iPhone 7 rumours: Touch ID display
Another rumour that was sparked by an Apple patent is that the iPhone 7’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is usually situated beneath the Home button, could be built-in to the entire display, eliminating the need for a Home button and making room for a larger display without enlarging the overall size of the smartphone.
These rumours seemed pretty far fetched to begin with, but with Sonovation’s announcement on Tuesday, it might just happen. Sonovation recently announced that its found a way to insert ultrasonic biometric sensors underneath a Gorilla Glass display, with it still being able to read a users fingerprints.

The newly developed tech is “well suited for through-the-glass fingerprinting and specifically architected to deliver advanced security and ease-of-integration into mobile and IoT devices” Sonovation’s CTO Rainer Schmitt said.
The company claims that it can even do one better than the existing Touch ID (and most other fingerprint scanners on the market) by being able to scan fingerprints on a finger that’s wet, dirty or oily. Though it’s not clear which devices will be the first to feature this new technology, but we assume it’d either be the iPhone or a flagship Android smartphone.
iPhone 7 rumours: Camera
One of the biggest areas of improvement for the iPhone 7 could be the camera. Rumours that emerged in November 2014 suggested that the camera will represent the biggest camera jump in the history of the iPhone, with a two-lens system that could capture “DSLR-quality imagery,” according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
Rumour has it the iPhone 7 camera could be up to 21-megapixels but more likely is a jump to 12Mp, according to Kevin Wang, IHS Technology Research Director in China. But the catch is that the pixels will be smaller which may mean a drop in low light performance.
Those rumours were cemented by sources in the hardware supply chain. A dual-lens camera would allow the iPhone 7 to include optical zoom capabilities and improve low-light photography.

Clues spotted in iOS 9 also back up the rumours about the improved camera in iPhone 7, which is the first bit of solid evidence we’ve seen so far. The code hints that future iPhone cameras could have a front-facing camera with 1080p resolution and 240fps slo-mo, as well as panoramic capture and flash. Which might sound a bit over the top but with the selfie-craze continuing to grow it could be a wise move, particularly considering current iPhones have quite poor front-facing cameras compared with rivals.
iPhone 7 rumours: Software
The iPhone 7 to ship with iOS 9 installed. Apple unveiled iOS 9 at its WWDC 2015 event, and you can find out more about it by following the links below.
iOS 9 release date | iOS 9 vs Android M comparison | 9 new features in iOS 9 you didn’t hear about from Apple
iPhone 7 rumours: Reversible USB charger
Another rumour circulating the web is that the iPhone 7 will come with a new iPhone charger, with a Lightning connector on one end and a new reversible USB connector on the other end.

iPhone 7 rumours: Images
As yet, there are no leaked images of the iPhone 7, but we expect that they’ll begin appearing soon. For now, though, there are concept images from some of the most popular mock-up designers floating around the web.
Martin Hajek has created some stunning iPhone 7 concept images, as shown below.

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Designer Steel Drake has shared images on Behance of what he thinks the iPhone 7, or maybe iPhone 8 will look like.

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iPhone 7 UK release date specs and features rumours

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September, but now that we’re well into 2015 it’s no surprise that chatter about what’s next for Apple’s smartphone is getting louder. We reveal the UK release date, specs, new features and design rumours for the new 2015 iPhone, the iPhone 7, and bring you the latest iPhone 7 speculation to help you stay up-to-date with the latest iPhone 7 news, rumours and leaks. When is the iPhone 7 coming out?

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iPhone 7 rumours: Isn’t it going to be the iPhone 6S?

Some of you might be thinking, isn’t it going to be called the iPhone 6S next? After all, Apple has released an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and now iPhone 6 (alongside the iPhone 6 Plus). So if history repeats itself, it’s likely that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 6S rather than the iPhone 7. See also: iPhone 5S vs iPhone 6 comparison

However, Apple has surprised us somewhat over the past two years, releasing an iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S in 2013, and an iPhone 6 Plus alongside the iPhone 6 in 2014. We’re wondering whether Apple might soon decide to ditch the numbers completely and stick with iPhone, iPhone Plus and iPhone C, perhaps. Or, simply ditch the ‘S’ models and launch an iPhone 7.

In fact, reports that emerged in mid April suggest that the next iPhone is going to be so significantly different to and better than the iPhone 6 that Apple has decided the iPhone 6S name doesn’t fit, and instead will launch an iPhone 7 this autumn.

Those rumours come from well-respected and previously accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who says that the biggest difference between Apple’s iPhone 6 and the next iPhone is that it’ll have a Force Touch display. Apple currently uses Force Touch in the Apple Watch and its new MacBook, but Kuo thinks it’ll use different technology that, instead of actually measuring the pressure that you put on the screen to determine whether you’re tapping or pressing, will detect the contact area of your finger to make the distinction.

No one knows for sure yet though, so you’ll see both terms used within this article, although primarily iPhone 7 to keep things simple.

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iPhone 7 release date rumours: When is the new iPhone 7 coming out?

Looking back over the recent history of Apple’s iPhone launches, it’s likely that the iPhone 7 will be unveiled at a special event in September 2015.

Following the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last year, there was some speculation that Apple may begin launching new iPhones twice a year to keep up with its competition, with the iPhone 6 originally expected in April/May 2014. That speculation turned out to be incorrect so we’re not betting on an April/May 2015 iPhone launch either.

Until we hear more (and we’ll update you as soon as we do), we’re predicting a September 2015 launch for the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 rumours: Design

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent a big design change from their predecessor, the iPhone 5S, so it’s likely that Apple won’t make such significant design changes to the next generation of iPhone. Traditionally, with Apple’s ‘S’ models, the design is almost identical to the previous iPhone’s design.

So, we can expect the iPhone 7 to have a 4.7in screen (and the iPhone 7 Plus should Apple decide to launch one to have a 5.5in display), a rounded, aluminium chassis and a very slim profile. It’s also likely that it’ll be available in Silver, Gold and Slate Grey.

Apple could make the iPhone 7 lighter, though, thanks to the use of the stronger sapphire glass and more durable liquidmetal materials, both of which Apple is believed to be working with. Stronger materials mean Apple could use less metal and glass in the device, making lighter overall.

One design rumour we’ve been hearing recently is that Apple may decide to introduce a fourth colour option, this one with a rose gold finish like the Apple Watch Edition. Those rumours came from The Wall Street Journal, and designer Martin Hajek quickly came up with realistic concept images to show what a rose gold iPhone 7 might look like.

Not everyone is convinced that Apple won’t change the design of the iPhone 7, though. According to MacX.cn, Apple’s next iPhone will have a 5in, OLED display with a 400ppi resolution.

In March, a new patent revealed that Apple is investigating ways to make future iPhones waterproof without needing to compromise on the design. Instead of adding armour to the outside of the iPhone to protect it from water, the method would coat electronic components found inside the iPhone in a protective waterproof material that would prevent them from getting damaged should water find its way in. Clever.

iPhone 7 rumours: Specs & new features

The iPhone 7 will have a faster processor, probably names the A9, joined by an M9 co-processor. It could boast camera improvements (although analysts say it won’t), as well as better battery life and new features such as wireless charging.

Interestingly, it’s rumoured that Apple will finally up the iPhones RAM complement, with 2GB LPDDR4 memory.

It’s believed that Samsung is the main supplier of Apple’s A9 processor, and that they’re being manufactured using a new 14-nanometer process, helping make them smaller, more efficient and more powerful.

iPhone 7 with sidewall display: Apple’s answer to the Galaxy Note Edge?

However, there are some rumours to suggest that the iPhone 7 could have some new design features, though we’d take these rumours with a pinch of salt.

The speculation about a new design stems from an Apple patent that was published in 2015. It describes what Apple calls “sidewall displays,” similar to the display found on the Galaxy Note Edge.

The patent hints at a future iPhone with a display that extends onto the sides of the device, providing interactive or touch sensitive portions that give access to slide-to-unlock functionality, music player controls, messaging readout, called ID, system controls and more.

Perhaps Apple will decide to introduce the sidewall display to the iPhone 6 Plus’s successor, offering even more screen estate.

While the sidewall display and Touch ID display are both great ideas, what we really want to see is a higher resolution display. The iPhone 6 Plus’s display is 401ppi, but that’s still not as impressive as many of its rivals, including the Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3.

iPhone 7 rumours: Touch ID display

Another rumour that was sparked by an Apple patent is that the iPhone 7’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is usually situated beneath the Home button, could be built-in to the entire display, eliminating the need for a Home button and making room for a larger display without enlarging the overall size of the smartphone.

iPhone 7 rumours: Camera

One of the biggest areas of improvement for the iPhone 7 could be the camera. Rumours that emerged in November 2014 suggested that the camera will represent the biggest camera jump in the history of the iPhone, with a two-lens system that could capture “DSLR-quality imagery,” according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.

Rumour has it the iPhone 7 camera could be up to 21-megapixels.

More recently, those rumours have been cemented by sources in the hardware supply chain. A dual-lens camera would allow the iPhone 7 to include optical zoom capabilities and improve low-light photography.

iPhone 7 rumours: Reversible USB charger

Another rumour circulating the web is that the iPhone 7 will come with a new iPhone charger, with a Lightning connector on one end and a new reversible USB connector on the other end.

In August 2014, a video of a reversible USB charger emerged on YouTube, which you can watch below.

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As yet, there are no leaked images of the iPhone 7, but we expect that they’ll begin appearing soon. For now, though, there are concept images from some of the most popular mock-up designers floating around the web.

Martin Hajek has created some stunning iPhone 7 concept images, as shown below.

iPhone 7 The Dream

Each of you fervently hopes that the next iPhone will meet your expectations!
There are people who want eye scanning in the next iPhone, people who want a 3D camera, a bigger display, a larger battery, and so on… the point is each of us look for different features!

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In this video we’ve tried to imagine some futuristic features, such as holograms, interactive screen, a new way to unlock the iPhone…

Maybe we could found them in the new iPhone , maybe not… but one thing is for sure: dreaming is fantastic and makes life more beautiful!

Watch this new cool concept of iPhone 7, and write in the comments below what features you would like in the next iPhone!

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