Raise your hand if you’re already hell-bent on getting an Apple iPhone 7. If you feel like you typically spend your entire paycheck on Apple devices, you’re not alone. We have moments where it seems like we might save time and energy if we just asked our employer to send funds directly to Apple every time a new device or model comes out. But there’s a really good reason why we keep upgrading to the newest iPhone or why we invest in the brand-spanking new toy that we don’t really need (cough, Apple watch, cough). The world is become more and more technologically focused every day and with every new gadget, and if you don’t keep up, you’ll be left behind. The rumor mills are already buzzing with news of the Apple iPhone 7, though it’s still a lot of speculation based on leaked photos and some teasers from Apple. When can you expect to see this new phone hit the market? It’s unclear, though TechRadar thinks “the iPhone 7 will probably arrive in September 2016. Apple tends to stick to a schedule, and the last few iPhones have all been launched in the month of September.”
So it seems like we’ll have to wait a little while before we know for sure what exciting new features we can expect with the iPhone 7, but in the meantime here’s a roundup of the rumors about what you can hope to get with the new and improved device. Spoiler alert: it’s good stuff and you’re going to want to get your hands on this phone.
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1. You’ll Get an Upgraded Camera
It should come as no surprise that the camera of the iPhone 7 will be better, sharper and will take even better photos. Every iPhone model seems to improve on the camera capabilities, and the 7 will be no different. In fact, leaked photos of the new phone design show a larger camera lens and an LED flash, which means better photos with the tap of your screen.
2. Bye-Bye Antenna Bands
While you might not really pay attention to the antenna bands on your phone—they’re those little strips on the back of the phone that cut through the aluminum handset—you can get ready to kiss them goodbye. The antenna strips are meant to maintain a strong signal strength, which can be blocked by the phone material, but the new model is expected to have new technology, which will look sleeker and cleaner while still working properly. And even if you don’t really care about the look of the back of your phone (if you use an iPhone case you probably don’t even see this part of your device) the important thing to remember is new technology is meant to improve performance, so you want to make sure that you are up-to-date with the latest offerings.
3. The New Phone Will Have a Thinner Design
With each generation of iPhone new styles and designs are revealed, and sometimes that design is bigger (and better, they suggest) or sometimes it is smaller, thinner and sleeker. The Apple iPhone 7 is expected to feature a bigger screen with better resolution (see below), but a thinner overall design, due to the fact that you won’t need antenna bands or as thick of a screen. While some people prefer a big phone, the idea that you can achieve the same level of performance, or even better and more reliable performance, with a smaller device that weighs less and is less bulky in your pocket is a big deal.
4. It’s Time for a Better, Clearer Screen
There is talk of the iPhone 7 featuring a cutting edge 4K screen with edge-to-edge design, meaning the glass would be bezel-free, as opposed to the current screen which is thicker and features multiple layers. A thinner, sleeker screen means a clearer display, which would have higher resolutions and make everything look better.
5. Wireless Charging
How annoying is it to see your battery life draining only to realize that your charger is nowhere to be found? It sucks, it’s stressful, and if you use your phone for work communications, it can be really damaging to your day and your job. Good news on the battery life front: the next iPhone model is rumored to have a wireless charging feature, which would allow you to charge your phone battery directly through the metal on the back of the phone. And while wireless charging isn’t a totally new concept, recent reports suggest “Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones.” That would be a total game changer especially for people who use their phone on the go, and who typically forget to have a charger in tow.
6. A Stronger Phone with Each Generation
If the most recent iPhone is any indication, the new and improved iPhone 7 is sure to be a stronger and more indestructible model. The iPhone 6s is “made from a 7000 Series aluminum alloy, which is stronger and more durable than the 6000 series used in the previous-generation iPhones. Apple’s also updated the devices with stronger glass, made using a dual ion exchange process.” So while that shift was a major improvement for iPhone users, the iPhone 7 promises to be even stronger and more resistant to damage. Which is really good news for anyone who has dropped his phone or accidentally cracked the screen. The struggle is real.