Given that the iPhone 7 is coming off the back of an ’s’ version, we expect to see some design changes.
It’ll come as no surprise to hear that the iPhone 7 is expected to be even thinner than the current 7.1mm iPhone 6s, and analyst Ming Chi Kup reckons Apple could trim down its new handset to as little as 6mm. If true, then we're concerned that the battery capacity won't be up to scratch, even with Apple's expected optimisations.
The iPhone 7 could be so thin in fact, that it could also lose its 3.5mm headphone jack altogether, forcing people to snap up Bluetooth or Lightning port-compatible headphones. It sounds ridiculous, but multiple sources have predicted the death of the headphone jack, so we’ll have to wait and see if Apple really does have the guts to axe such a well-established port.
As for the handset itself? Expect to see the return of an all-metal body, with - according to Digitimes - new waterproofing powers to boot.
It’s also possible that Apple will kill off the iPhone’s physical home button in favour of a 3D Touch alternative, although we’re not sure how likely it is that such a drastic change will occur.