The next iPhone models have been confirmed to have dual cameras (for plus model), pressure sensitive ‘force touch’ home button and no headphone jack. The report comes from a very credible source, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, formerly from 9to5mac. Considering his track record and the tons of rumors that have been making the rounds recently, these features are all but confirmed for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.
The home button will be replaced by a pressure-sensitive button that will not have a physical click, but will use haptic feedback to give the sensation of a click. For MacBook users, this will sound familiar as force touch trackpads have the same functionality. It is unclear whether this will have any fundamental impact on how the home button works with iOS 10.
As per Bloomberg, the next-generation iPhones will also get major camera upgrades. There is not much information about what the non-plus model will get in terms of camera improvements, however, the main talk of the town has been the dual camera system for the plus model. It is expected to provide improved performance in low light, with sharper images and better color accuracy. Because of the dual lens, zooming in or out in the camera app should finally be worth using, instead of being a way to pixelate photos. With the Samsung Galaxy S7’s amazing camera performance, thanks to its f1.7 lens, Apple really needs to step up the game this time to regain the top spot for camera performance.
Perhaps the most unwanted feature, as it may seem right now, is the removal of the good old 3.5mm headphone jack from upcoming iPhones. This is a very unwelcoming change for most and you would rarely find anybody who is happy with it, even before Apple’s official announcement. Whether Apple will bundle wireless headphones or a lightning to 3.5mm adaptor, it is yet to be seen. We hope that Apple goes with the former option.
Apple will also be reusing the same design language from iPhone 6 and 6s but will remove the antenna lines from the back. The design will get enhancements but will remain mostly the same.
Of course, all this will work in conjunction with iOS 10, which is currently in beta and will be released to the public this fall. It has many new features which include improved 3D Touch, redesigned notification center, widgets, third-party developer access to Maps, iMessage, Phone apps and updated News, Music and Notes apps, amongst many other features.
Whether Apple will name the next iPhone ‘7’ or just iPhone, or iPhone 6se, no one knows yet. Apple is expected to hold an event in the first or second week of Septmber to announce the new iPhones and Apple Watch models.