Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models in the fall: the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. The iPhone 8 will don the bezel-less OLED display and a ton of other rumored neat features. The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will reportedly look nearly identical to the 7 and 7 Plus, with the major noticeable change being a glass back. The change will make the lower-end iPhone models thicker and that’s great news.
According to the German site Giga Apple, which cites a case maker that has sources within Foxconn that’s revealing specific measurements about the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. The slightly upgraded iPhone models will reportedly be 0.1mm thicker due to the change from aluminum to glass back. The added thickness will make room for a highly anticipated feature.
Contrary to popular belief, Apple is not averse to making the iPhone thicker to incorporate new technology. When it made the jump from the iPhone 6 to the 6s, it made the design thicker by 0.2mm to include 3D Touch. Reportedly it will be making the 7s 0.1mm thicker because of the glass panel will allow Apple to add wireless charging. That can only be done through glass panels, which is why Apple has yet to include the feature in past iPhones, all of which came with aluminum backs.
Unfortunately, Apple marches to its own beat. That is what led to the end of the headphone jack, even though most people will take a thicker iPhone with the headphone jack than the current version, but again, Apple does what it deems important. Luckily for us, it is putting great importance into wireless charging, which means a glass back and thicker design. And we’re all for it.
Now only if Apple can also figure out to squeeze in extra battery capacity into the 0.1mm of extra thickness, that’d be even more awesome.
If Giga Apple’s report is accurate, that would make the iPhone 7s 7.21mm thick. It will be the thickest new iPhone since the 5s (7.6mm), and customers won’t have any issues as long as cool new features like wireless charging or better battery life comes of it.