Those expecting a massive iPhone upgrade this year will be sorely disappointed. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will essentially be an iPhone 6s without a headphone jack, confirming previous rumors about Apple relying exclusively on its Lightning port. Surely there’s going to be more, right? Nope, sorry.
Instead of a massive upgrade this year, Apple is going to go all out in 2017, where we’re expecting the iPhone to feature an OLED screen, tiny bezels, and a glass design. It sounds like Apple really wants to make a Galaxy S7, which features a lot of the technology rumored for next year’s iPhone upgrade.
The WSJ claims this year’s model will also be thinner due to the lack of a headphone jack, and also feature improved water resistance. Furthermore, we’re also expecting Apple to introduce a dark blue color as a replacement for space gray, along with the possibility of storage options of 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Hopefully, the big “feature” this year isn’t just the elimination of the 16GB option.
In previous years, Apple has followed a “ticktock” cycle in which a major refresh is followed by a minor refresh, only for the pattern to kick in again. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus currently represents the “tock” cycle but it doesn’t sound like a major refresh is planned for later this year.
The Wall Street Journal’s report doesn’t make any mention of a dual-lens camera, so it’s unclear if that will be part of the package when the iPhone 7 is released. According to a recent report, Apple is putting that idea aside because the technology isn’t mature enough for mass adoption.
We’ve seen these same rumors recycled multiple times over the past few months, so it’s looking more and more likely like this year’s iPhone update will be tepid at best. The iPhone 7 announcement is expected this fall.