Why no design change?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Badwolf2012, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Badwolf2012 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    As we know every new iPhone number change (4,5,6) there as been a completed redesign for the iPhone. I wronder why they haven't this year? maybe because apple wants to save it for the 8? They really can't come up with two new Designs? Sure they changed the coating abit but still same design.
  2. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    How do you expect a mature product to look completely different every year?

    Smartphone exterior designs are like cars now, they change the grill and taillight assembly, add a new color option... boom! new model year.
  3. koulmj Suspended


    Mar 18, 2013
    well, the PLUS model now has two camera lenses rather than one...is not that a good design feature? It almost makes me want one, but my photos look like crap anyway. I bet my girlfriend, who takes pictures of everything we eat, will want one...
  4. GadgetSN macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2014
    Because they are putting all their efforts on the next 10th year anniversary phone.

    Amoled equivalent screen, wireless charging, new design etc.

    The 7 is a stop gap for them.
  5. Knowimagination macrumors 68000


    Apr 6, 2010
    It is not unreasonable to expect apple to continue their design change every 2 years MO. This is the first time in 9 years that 3 back to back generations of iPhones have looked the same, that fact alone makes it a reasonable question to ask.

    The only thing I can think of is that this really does lend itself to a huge upgrade next year. I just don't see Apple having the same looking phone 4 years in a row.
  6. Badwolf2012 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I don't expect it every year but every 2 years and only because that's what they have done from the start. But totally get what your saying and I guess that will be the future now.
  7. mthomas184 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2016
    Don't forget the news where they were going to a 3 year refresh cycle instead of 2. This would be year 3.
  8. pr0230 Suspended

    Feb 7, 2013
  9. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    if the same thing sells with a little polish, why bother with something different?
  10. mrex macrumors 68030


    Jul 16, 2014
    just another pingpong bat available, looks old with those huge bezels.
  11. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I get the feeling Apple isn't "done", but they are probably still developing technologies that will allow for shrinking bezels.
  12. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    Well, they have been doing this since the invention of the iPhone, so why can't they continue it?

    And no, new car generations have a significantly different exterior and interior.
  13. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008

    3G 3GS
    4 4S
    5 5S
    6 6S ... 7?

    This is the first time Apple ever used the same design 3 years in a row. Its not illogical to wonder why they didn't change things. And since the answer to the OP's question is probably "Because they've been saving all their cool stuff for the 10th anniversary iPhone X" then it will be unlikely that Apple will do a 3 year cycle again.
  14. RobNYC macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    Going by what's been posted on the main page for quite a few months now, it seems like they wanted the major re-design for the 10th anniversary.

    I for one and going to forgo an upgrade this year and I'll hang on to my 6 Plus another year

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