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iPhone 7 may be easily confused with an iPhone 6s, feature only minor design changes

Lining up with previous reports, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPhone 7, expected later this year, will feature only minor exterior design changes compared to the current crop of iPhones. The report claims, once again, that the next iPhone will indeed ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack that has come with every iteration of the device since the iPhone 3G.

From The Wall Street Journal:

The biggest planned change in this year's phones is the removal of the headphone plug, which will make the phone thinner and improve its water resistance, said people with that matter. The Lightning connector will serve double-duty as a port for charging the phone and for connecting headphones, they said.

Apple is said to be planning a much larger design overhaul for its 2017 iPhones, which is said to include an edge-to-edge OLED display with an embedded Touch ID sensor. In addition to Touch ID, that design overhaul will also reportedly feature the removal of the "chin and forehead" on the front of the phone, and see the FaceTime camera speakers, and sensors all move behind the display as well.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

36 Comments
  • iphone 6ss?
  • The 2017 version will not be called the "7S". Mark my words.
  • I'd love to see it named iPhone X! Sent from the iMore App
  • ohhh okay cool!!! lets ditch the traditional headphone jack that every sound emitting technology on earth uses and make our own instead! just like the way we refuse to let you use a universally used charger, we have to make a super cheap quality cable thats going to rip apart within a month of "purchasing" the phone. ALSO our latest and greatest new phone coming out....what do you think its gonna look like???? LAST YEARS MODEL YOU GENIUS, who do you think we are??? samsung??? i mean come on as if that wasnt obvious enough since we kept the design of the iphone4 for nearly 4 years and to top it off....WE JUST BROUGHT BACK THAT 6 YEAR OLD DESIGN!!! #feelthebern great idea on trying to eliminate an extra cable hanging from your phone, but will apple do it in a non condescending way without making their users buy a whole new cable again? chances are theyre too greedy to not monetize every little detail. so dont be surprised if they end up making a new version of the lightning cable, but of course they will!! the new one will have an extra wire inside for sound dummy. (clearly im no engineer, just satirical) BUT WAIT THERES MORE...the new cable were making; were gonna make the quality cheaper than ever to ensure it rips apart within 24 hours. and yes, clearly im no apple fanboy.
  • Clearly. And I would recommend more fibre in your diet.
  • LOL.... Clearly the only meaningful reply to such a post.
  • Clearly.
  • Good to see something here besides just koolaid chugging. The Apple cable's exemplify Apples true nature. They use inferior materials on a product they make about $26.30 profit on with a price of $29.99. This is a choice they make and the phanboys vote it up with their $$$.
  • "... every sound emitting technology on earth uses and make our own..." My bluetooth speakers and headphones would like a word with you about the whole "every sound emitting technology on earth" part of your statement. If you want to make an angry statement or whatever, at least make reasonable statements. While I would love for iPhones and non-iphones (windows, android, etc.) to all use the same charger, it's a part of the whole buying an iPhone. Don't like it, then don't buy an iPhone. Clearly this stresses you out a lot more than it should. Not sure what #feelthebern has anything to do with this... but I'm just going to chalk this up as an attention seeking post.
  • Clearly not. Why be on a iMore blog when most all articles are clearly in regards to Apple. Waste of energy Sent from the iMore App
  • Sorry this was meant @shaytoon Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm a little disappointed by this news. I don't see myself holding off upgrading for another year (I enjoy the 2 year upgrade cycle) though so i'll probably buy whatever the next iteration is.
  • So now the question is... should I wait to get the iPhone 7 Plus (or whatever it's called) or get the iPhone 6s Plus? Note, I have the iPhone 6 Plus (non-S model). Will it really even matter?
  • I would wait and see what the difference is. If it is just a slightly faster processor and slightly better camera, save the money and get a 6s+. The 6s+ is a plenty capable device and will get all the features of IOS10 anyway.
  • Do you think that the 6s Plus will still be part of the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program when the 7 comes out?
  • Absolutely. My husband's iPhone 4 was updated to OS9.. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I think the iPhone upgrade program is different. Like a leasing program Sent from the iMore App
  • I would say & prefer the below... 1. Sell your current iPhone 6 plus now so that you can cash good amount
    2. Use some old Android Phone till the iPhone 7 releases
    3. Check the iPhone 7 features if it is not convinced then buy iPhone 6S which is far cheaper by that time comparing to now.
    4. If iPhone 7 features are good then you will be happy to buy that In that way you will be in win-win situation. The only thing you have to compromise is need to use crappy Android phones for few months till iPhone 7 releases.
  • I, too, have the 6+. I'm holding off one more year. If this year's iteration turns out to be what's been talked about, there is ZERO reason for me to upgrade this year. As a matter of fact, if it eliminates the headphone jack, there's more reason to wait. I just got a pair of headphones that to me are pricey. I'd like to get more use out of them. And before anyone says it, adapters suck. Sent from the iMore App
  • I as well, but I'll be signing up for the new every 12 this time around. I also hope that the blue color rumor is true. I'm going up to the plus as well.
  • I think a lot of people will move to the upgrade every year plan so it won't matter. Maybe they will do lots of colors :-)...I have a 6 plus...I am ready for an update. Having force touch and an improvement in performance will be nice. What will be interesting is the new price points and storage options. I have a feeling they will change some of that up.
  • Honestly, at some point won't we have reached pretty much everything that can be done hardware-wise? I know Apple hasn't - yet - but take the S7 Edge for instance. What else can Samsung do next? It has a big battery, wireless charging, water resistant, SD card, great processor, lots of memory, etc, etc. Once Apple goes wireless and waterproof, what's the next level? To me the future is the software. My phones already do more than I probably need them to do on the hardware side as it is.
  • No innovation is the new innovation! I see why Ives gets all those honorary doctorates now!
  • If you think Apple saw sales decline with the 6s series, just wait. After the Kool Aid Drinkers (I'm a recovering Kool Aid Drinker) initially get theirs, sales will plummet, to depths even lower than that of the 6s. Many KAD's will also choose to wait for the 10th anniversary edition. The (lack of) audio jack will be a deal breaker for many. I'm in that camp. Is my 6s too fat? No, but the battery life stinks. MUCH worse than my 6. I cannot go half a day without charging. The iPod Touch is thinner than the iPhone AND it has an audio jack. With the miracles of miniaturization, keep the audio jack, get rid of the haptic engine and give your customers better battery life. Then I'll have another glass of Kool Aid. Until then...I'm on the wagon. Sent from the iMore App
  • If I could ask....what phone did you move too? i really like the new galaxy s7, but am unsure how hard it would be to move all my content from IOS to Android. Any tips on this?
  • If these reports turn out true, I'll have to wonder...why even release a new iPhone this year? Why not skip a year and focus on 2017? I'd imagine the 6S is a more than capable device and iOS 10 should put some new life into it. I'm sure it will hold the majority over until 2017 and we can be greeted with a true upgrade in the iPhone 7. If done right, I'm sure it'd be worth the wait.
  • Could you imagine the outrage if apple skipped a year without an iPhone? They will release a new one to try and gain some sales before the big 10th anniversary launch the following year.
  • Anyone outraged should really think about their life.
  • they cant wait because.....money.
  • Wow what a joke Posted from my Nexus 6P
  • I just want SE2 in end of 2017 thats it Sent from the iMore App
  • LOL your comment is a perfectly succinct perspective on apple.
  • Couldn't the same be said of the 6s to the 6? I went to Best Buy on Sunday and was comparing my 6s to other models. (Still don't get why anyone would get a pink phone, little girls included. Electronics should be grey or black. Get off my lawn, etc.) Definitely happy I didn't go Plus (came from Android, so done with big phones). SE is really nice, but I wanted 128GB and 3D Touch is really cool. I like how the icons are the same size, on the SE and the 6s. Only the 6s has one more row, and the SE's are closer together horizontally. Apple scaled them right. Whereas on Android, you go big, everything's bigger. It doesn't make intelligent use of the screen. At least in my experience. Samsung multi-window aside, of course. That's smart, but not a feature I'd use. (I had an S3. I got the feature. And I never used it. Though that was only 4.8", very comparable in size to the 6s.)
  • I have the 6+. Normal upgrade time would be this year. But with everything that has been reported, there is ZERO reason for me to upgrade this year. This will be the first time I have had a phone longer than 2 years, and I'm ok with that. I'll wait for 2017. Sent from the iMore App
  • Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid | The Verge - www.theverge.com http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/6/21/11991302/iphone-no-head... Sent from the iMore App
  • At this point there is very little reason for me to upgrade to the upcoming iPhone this year. It does not look like it will fix any of the issues i had with the design ( the camera hump or the curved slippery sides) rather it is adding even more. Android N is looking quite promising, provided that the next nexus is as good as the 6p then I will probably be going back to android this fall.