What to expect from next week’s iPhone 7

Mark Gurman:

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect at Apple’s event:

  • A tweaked design that looks similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, but removes the two inner-most antenna lines on the back of the device for a cleaner look.
  • The same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes as the previous two iPhone lines.
  • A pressure-sensitive Home button that provides a vibrating sensation in response to button presses instead of an actual physical click, similar to the latest MacBook trackpads.
  • The removal of the headphone jack in favor of a secondary grille for either an additional speaker or microphone.
  • An improved single-lens rear camera system on the new 4.7-inch model.
  • A new dual-lens camera system on the 5.5-inch model, allowing for deeper zooming with less reduction in clarity and better low-light photography.
  • A faster processor, a successor to the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s.

If you want the best camera, iPhone 7 Plus will be the way to go. It’ll have the dual-lens camera.

Rene Ritchie explains the purpose of the removal of the headphone jack and the removal of the physical home button, replacing it with the new pressure-sensitive home button:

When iPhone 8 ships next year, the Home button will be gone as well, and much of the bezels along with it. That’s also the popular expectation, at least at the moment.

Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, is a minimalist who wants every component of every device to justify its existence by how much it’s used by how many. If the headphone jack isn’t used by everyone all the time, it’s in danger. If the Home button can be removed, it will be removed.

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