The screen is drop dead gorgeous and perfect for someone like me– big, long, pointy fingers. Battery life puts most similarly sized smartphones to shame. More screen means more apps available with a quick touch. So, what has me worried? iPhone 7.
Let’s Skip The ‘S’ Nonsense
Word among the technology rumor mongers is that Apple’s next iPhone is so much of a leap forward that our favorite Mac maker plans to leapfrog the naming scheme, jump over iPhone 6s Plus, and go right to iPhone 7.
Put another way, Apple is about to come up with yet another new product to remove $850 from my net worth. iPhone 7, if that’s where Apple is going, promises to be a leap forward based upon leaked secrets hiding in plain sight.
Two words: Force Touch. That’s the name for Apple’s new touch technology in Watch and the new MacBook’s trackpad (also available in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro). Hitch a ride to your nearest Apple Store and you’ll be in for a treat– and a glimpse at upcoming iPhone and iPad technology.
Force Touch is glass slab trackpad (and screen on the Watch) which gives you click-like feedback when you press it. It feels like you clicked, but there’s no real clicking going on. Instead, Force Touch vibrates the glass a bit to make it feel as if you’ve clicked.
Now, fast forward to iPhone 7, and upcoming iPad Air models, and imagine the entire screen with the so-called haptic feedback engine built-in. Wherever you touch on the screen you can feel a click, a touch, or pressure. It’s so good, that the harder you press on the screen, additional click-like options can appear. There’s no real clicking going on, but you feel like there is.
I’d ditch my much beloved iPhone 6 Plus in a heartbeat for an iPhone 7 Plus with that kind of screen technology.
What Up, Camera Buff?
Apple uses a measly little 8-megapixel camera in the iPhone 6 line. So, how is it that the iPhone takes such great pictures with so few pixels? It’s a combination of hardware sensor and software that helps Apple deliver almost DSLR-like photos from what amounts to a flat camera.
Alright, imagine what Apple can do to the flat camera now that it bought a company that specializes in making flat cameras perform like DSLR’s with fancy lenses? Fast forward to later in 2015 when Apple introduces iPhone 7 with image stabilization, and improved sensors, software, and photos. But let’s up the ante to a full 16-megapixels, toss in multi-aperture computational imaging (from the Israeli company Apple bought that does just that) and show Canon and Nikon how point and shoot should really be done.
This new camera technology combines multiple inputs from sensors and cameras. That means more color fidelity, higher light sensitivity, mixed with Apple’s software magic to create the ultimate point and shoot camera.
Apple likely is working on a less bendable iPhone 7 model, a faster CPU, faster graphics, still great battery life, but what I’d really like to see is what is missing right now. More security. Sure, Touch ID is great and all, works fine when you buy something at Whole Foods, but a higher level security would be a blend of voice recognition, facial recognition, and Touch ID.
The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to realize that the killer app for a smartphone is not the phone. It’s not email, text messaging, audio recording, browsing, or any one of a few hundred apps and games that popular the average iPhone.
It’s the camera. Live video streaming is here already with Periscope and Meerkat, so face recognition, 3D mapping, and augmented reality cannot be far behind. Neither can iPhone 7.