Barely weeks after the new iPhones launched in September came the inevitable rumours of next year’s models. Here we take a look at the rumours of a 4-inch mini iPhone which is expected to launch on 15 March 2016. Updated: 5 February 2016 with updated release date.
Not everyone wants a big phone, and the latest rumours point to Apple returning to a 4in screen, the size used for the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C. AppleInsider says that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions in the past have been accurate and his latest is that there will be a smaller option in Apple’s 2016 lineup to cater for the demand which still exists for smaller phones.
Revisions to the design of the rear of the phone on the cards, and a new dual-camera leak
New details regarding the Apple iPhone 7 have reportedly been leaked.
According to Macrumours, a source close to Apple with a reliable track record of leaking accurate information has given the clearest indication yet of what to expect when the iPhone 7 is revealed in September.
According to the source, the chassis of the phone will be extremely similar to that of the iPhone 6, with two noticeable revisions.
Apple is taking a big gamble with the iPhone 7. The headline change will be the controversial removal of the headphone jack (a move I predicted 19 months ago), but it doesn’t stop there. MacRumors has uncovered two more significant changes Apple will make to the iPhone 7 and the good news is they are likely to be very popular…
This first concerns the camera and is something Apple has been itching to do for years: kill off the ugly bulge seen on the back of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. According to MacRumors, the iPhone 7 will feature the first truly flush rear camera since the iPhone 5S in 2013.
What enables this is the development of a slimmer module and it represents a win for both the design team (Jonathan Ive famously hated it and had it airbrushed out of advertising shots) and the consumer. What’s the big deal? Several everyday usability wins: the iPhone 7 will not wobble when used on a table top, the camera ring will no longer be a continual point of impact when putting the phone down, and it will simplify case designs.