iPhone 7 [Merged]

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fonzy91, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. fonzy91 macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2007
    Let me start by saying that I know we're a year away from both the iPhone 7 and iOS X, but it occurred to me that they will come together, and will definitely bring major innovations.

    I don't want this to be a wish list, but more like a considerate debate of what they could bring, based on patents, Apple's history and rumours.

    - iPhone 7. I think it might bring a new name such as "The New iPhone" (like happened with the iPad 3) or "iPhone Air" or whatever, just to emphasise the novelty and to avoid confusion with the 7 of the phone and the 10 of the iOS.
    Even though the phone and the OS have never been at the same number I think they could restart the count with the advent of iOS X.

    Hardware. We know now that Apple tends to keep the same form factor for the S models, so the iPhone 6S will probably look like the 6.
    Despite the fact we know absolutely nothing about what it could look like, for the 7, I reckon the screen sizes will remain the same. However, I would expect to see new materials, liquid metal has been talked about for a while? There's also been many patents and acquisitions on Apple's sides regarding optical zoom, so I would be expecting a remarkably improved camera, and obviously more RAM and a more powerful processor.
    Does anyone think it's going to get any thinner? Beside that, are we expecting any other futuristic features such as holograms and stuff? lol

    I also believe the next true innovation would be having batteries that lasts a week, but as someone highlighted before, most people charge their devices overnight so there's not too much need for that.

    - iOS X. Now that's a big one. And there's virtually nothing we know about it. What we do know though, is that iOS 9 focused principally on performances (although in my opinion it brings some really nice new features). Therefore, iOS X should be almost 100% focused on the user side, and do you think it could potentially bring a re-design like iOS 7 did?

    We all know how much Apple loves to integrate all its interfaces, could iOS X then be the update that will bring the watchOS interface to the iPhone? (like in this concept )

    I also think the focus on Health and Music within iOS will keep growing.

  2. Newtons Apple, Aug 24, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2015

    Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    We do not even know about the 6S and 6S+. . . . too early to worry that much about the 7 but I would bet it will not have a battery that will last a week!;)
  3. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    If the battery lasted a week, it would be that much harder to sell us a new iPhone the following year. One thing I've found is that almost all phone manufactures release phones with adequate to decent battery life, so that in a year or two it will have degraded enough that makes you want a newer phone.
  4. giraffeboy27 macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    I reckon taptic feedback on iPhone would be more like what it is on the MacBooks. Why not implement a virtual home button, that like the MacBooks, feels like a physical button. Not sure how it would work aesthetically, but an iPhone which looks like one single piece of glass would look absolutely incredible.

    The most interesting part of observing what apple does is seeing how they iterate a design over the generations. The past few (4-6) all have a similar (ish) aesthetic. But remember when the 4 leaked? it was such a radical departure from what we new to be 'iPhone design'.

    So, Apple could surprise us with something completely different. I do think that simplicity is their end goal, so what ever we end up getting will fit in with that idea (e.g virtual home button, fingerprint sensor behind the screen etc.*)

    *Wasn't there a patient filed for that? Can't remember where I saw it, but am sure it exists.
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Also known as planned obsolescence. They say that Thomas Edison knew how to make a lightbulb that would last practically forever, but of course, there's more money to be made if people have to keep buying replacements.
  6. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    iPhone 4?
  7. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2013
    I'm waiting for the iPhone 7 on iOS X. I have a feeling it will be a big one!
  8. amsimone macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2015
    Apple used to surprise us. We used to be wowed every few years in an amazing way. Tweaking the specs for camera, resolution, screen size, ect. is not surprising. What would Apple add to iPhone 7 that actually makes us say WOW!

    My ideas are:
    1. eInk display on the back of the phone.
    2. No headphone port and free Bluetooth headphones.
    3. Waterproof
    4. Shock resistant
    5. Projector
    6. Affordable smart house devices to pair with phone.
    7. Wireless charging
    8. Touch screen responds to hovering over
    Let me know your ideas of REAL surprises.
  9. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    USB-C. It sure would be nice if Apple would implement the standard they plan on shoving on future MacBooks.
  10. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    There's a reason for that. We went from a brand new infant type of device to one that is mature. Feature iterations will be the norm from now on.

    Besides, 3D Touch is a new way to interact with the iPhone in the 6S and 6S Plus. While it wasn't surprising that's only because Force touch was in the Apple Watch and MacBook touch pads first.
  11. Benched08 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2014
    Buttonless. They've already laid the foundation for removing the home button: 3D Touch now can handle the multitasking, Siri is activated with your voice, and they've patented several ways to integrate fingerprint recognition into a portion of the display. All they need to do is relocate CC to the NC and do a swipe up to go home and they eliminate the need for a home button.
  12. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    Ok, sure. But is that really "wow" in the same way that, say, "topless" is "wow"?

    Not really.

    And what about Touch ID?
  13. Hexiii macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Are you sure? From what I remember, every year it's the same pouting about the lack of innovation.
  14. CooKieMoNs7eR macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2009
    I'll be happy if the iPhone 7 would include these things:

    4K screen
    wireless charging
    built in beats speakers
    better battery life
    better cpu/gpu
    iOS 10
    32GB base model
  15. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    The most wow features fell into 3 categories
    1) what tech doesn't a phone already have (simulated reality touchscreen)
    2) better way of doing something phones already do (visual VM)
    3) something we already need/do but not via phone (like GPS)

    What else in your life would you want added to your phone?
  16. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2015
    Stratford, CT
  17. SMIDG3T Suspended


    Apr 29, 2012
    For me, two things.

    1) Waterproof
    2) Touch ID embedded into screen

    Wireless charging is nothing special. At all. You still need to plug whatever charges the device into the wall!!!!
  18. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
  19. JoeyD74 macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2014
    I'm not a fan of the Amoled , it looks fake. I always mess around with them at best buy when I'm in there but just can't like the look.
  20. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    They do have a patent for integrating that into the screen.

    My guess is the 7 will either be getting rid of the bezels and buttons to make use of those patents, and possibly get a smaller phone while keeping the same screen size or it will go to being waterproof. Personally I'm hoping for waterproof, and that is the one feature that will get me to update to the 7 vs waiting for the 7S.
  21. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Shatterproof scratch resistant screens.
    Better battery life.
    With new flexible displays it can be folded clamshell style into an easily pocketed size but opened to a large display like we enjoy now on the Plus.

    Basically I want innovations that will free me from a need for a case to keep my iPhone perfect enough for trade-in on AT&T Next.

    There are camera innovations I want but won't know what they are until Apple tells me. ;)
  22. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    I still think one of the major selling points for the iPhone 7 will be fast-charging.

    That was my first thought when I saw the 3D touch multitasking. That's probably why they redesigned the way the multitasking looks (at the time iOS 9 beta was released, we were unsure why). In fact, they talked about something similar in the iPhone 6 keynote about how they designed the iOS 7 gestures (such as swiping to go back) due to the future larger screen. We'll probably hear something similar next year.

    A 4K screen? That's a bit overkill, I'm expecting higher resolutions but not that high. The last four are very likely, the rest not so much.
  23. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    I agree with other posters that there's a good chance the 7 will lack a home button because of 3D touch, which will allow them to shrink the bezels and incorporate Touch ID into the screen.
  24. lancastor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    - TouchID implemented into the screen and homebutton-less.

    - Wireless charging

    - removed headphone jack

    - removed sim card tray
  25. JFazYankees macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2012
    The only one of those with any chance of happening is wireless charging.

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