Every year about this time Apple preps to launch a new iPhone. iOS 10 is in public beta stage. Engineers are working feverishly to get everything ready for a September launch and rollout into the holidays.
Every year at about this same time I create my list of what I expect to show up in the new iPhones, but this year I decided to approach it just a bit differently. When it comes to new iPhones, there are wants and needs. So, here’s my list of wants and expectations.
The Apple Surprise
Apple remains something of an anachronism in technology. Most of the time, the company innovates, but iteratively. Every now and then the company innovates with some disruptive new technology or product.
Go down the list, and you’ll see why Apple is the technology company that pushes the industry– all of them where Apple plays– forward. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Watch, are obvious, but also items including Retina display, TouchID, trackpad, mouse, and many more.
Fer Sure, Dude, Maybe
What we inveterate Apple watchers know for sure about iPhone 7 is, well, for lack of a better word, absolutely nothing. Not even the name? Can you say, ‘iPhone SE?’ The numbering game may stick around awhile but can we honestly say that a few years down the road apple will launch iOS 27 and iPhone 24?
I’m sticking with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro. No Plus? Nah. Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, so why not a high end iPhone 7 Pro?
As usually, Apple will announce when we can order, and announce when we can pick up the order.
What will iPhone 7 look like? iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Same look and feel, maybe a new color or two, some modifications to the antenna lines, and I’m betting we’ll see the Home button change and the venerable headphone jack will become history– but only on the Plus model. That’s a big change for anyone to make and the iPhone 6s sells much more than the Plus, but get ready. Apple is making changes.
What else? Fortunately, I have a list.
Wireless Earbuds – Because wireless is the future. Yes, there will be a Lightning-to-headphone jack adapter, but if you screamed when the floppy disk was replaced you’ll scream here, too. Get over it.
Stereo – Many Android-toting frenemies point out that Android devices have stereo speakers. I can’t tell the difference between mono and stereo because the speakers are so close together. iPhone 7 will go stereo.
Goodbye Home Button – This is the one function that causes the most trouble for support because it’s used frequently, and it’s totally physical. Think TouchID meets 3D meets ForceTouch. Ipso facto, new Home button without a real button.
Finally, HD – Apple doesn’t seem to mind falling behind the curve and when it comes to screen resolution they are way behind. Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 has a quad-HD screen. iPhone 7 may get a standard HD 1080p screen and the iPhone 7 Pro will get 2k, 2,560×1,440 pixels.
Hardware – Yes, iPhone 7-whatever will be faster thanks to an A10-series CPU, perhaps a bit more RAM, and maybe even a quad-core chip, but it won’t matter. iPhone usually runs rings around competitors with better specifications anyway.
Waterproof – No, but better. Announcing a completely waterproof iPhone has two major issues. The first is customer support. People will test it and that will cause warranty issues. Second, waterproofing has multiple standards, and nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
Pie-in-the-Sky – Don’t expect wireless charging, thanks to the continued use of aluminum in the case. Maybe we’ll see an all glass Gorilla Glass 6.0 next year. The iPad’s Smart Connector won’t show up, either. And don’t expect anything with virtual reality because everyone knows that’s not real, and Apple is all about the Benjamins.