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Why I can't wait for the iPhone 7

Wait a second – before you get the wrong impression. Yes, Apple will unveil the next iPhone in tomorrow's keynote. As is the case every year, this is big news for both customers and those of us watching the latest innovations coming out of Cupertino. Will I buy one? No. But I simply can't wait for iPhone 7 to land.

Look, there has been a lot said about what the next iPhones will be called. I'll stick with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to keep it simple. For me, the most interesting feature that has been widely rumored is not what has been added, but what has been removed – the 3.5mm headphone jack. If this turns out to be true, it'll be a big deal. Why is that?

MacBook Air. If you remember when the late Steve Jobs launched this notebook in 2008, it was ridiculously thin. But at the time every laptop had a CD drive. Doing away with a pervasive piece of hardware allowed Apple to make the MacBook Air very thin, using wireless connectivity to transfer data rather than an optical drive. That was a few years back and now most of us don't even remember what CDs look like. 

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Apple will make it newest phone announcement following the iPhone SE (pictured). / © ANDROIDPIT

With Apple reportedly dropping the headphone jack, that would allow for an 'Airification' of the iPhone. It could be made thinner, or other parts could take its place. Operating earbuds wirelessly or through the Lightning port simplifies the hardware in a way Apple has done before. Don't be surprised if headphones jacks become a relic – it's likely that a lot of Android phones won't have them next year. 

A dual camera setup is expected on the iPhone 7 Plus. While this is not so exciting, what with Huawei leaping out in front with a dual camera setup and Leica branding, Apple is consistently front-of-pack for smartphone camera tech. We're hearing that each camera will have different focal lengths, allowing for the closest thing you'll get to optical zoom without a physically zooming lens. While this isn't groundbreaking, it means that we can expect smartphone camera hardware to increase in quality and performance. While 3D Touch hasn't shaken up the industry, it's much more likely that a better camera will. 

It's likely that a lot of Android phones won't have headphone jacks next year

One other thing we're expecting to see go – 16 GB of internal storage. Yes please. While this was fine three years ago, it doesn't make much sense to invest in a good piece of hardware, high-res camera and high-speed data connection when your memory will fill up within a couple of months. Apps have become massive, we're recording more video than ever and, let's be honest, doing regular data dumps is no fun. Again, when we see Apple make a change to the iPhone, other manufacturers take notice. 

So although I'm not in the market for a new iPhone, I can't wait to see what Apple has been working on. It could have a profound influence on Android hardware in the coming year. We're expecting at least some level of innovation this year, so let's hope the changes are good. 

Do you care about the iPhone 7 launch? Would you be disappointed if the headphone jack disappeared? Let me know in the comments. 


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  • Why remove the headphone jack.... For waterproofing?

  • i dont want wireless because then i would have to buy new speakers and headphones.

  • I dont have an Iphone I have Samsung but dropping headphone jack will make me drop that manufacturer. For me I have specialist noise cancelling earphones that I wouldnt want to give up. Bluetooth headsets are of inferior quality and also drain battery life and my phone's battery is bad enough as it is. Not to mention that it then also means you cant charge your phone and listen to music at the same time!

  • Mark G. 1 month ago Link to comment

    I've been using bluetooth headphones and speakers for the last year and wouldn't go back to a wired set up,
    Yes you will lose quality as bluetooth compresses the track but it's not really noticeable.

    Though some will despair at the removal of the 3.5mm jack, especially those who are picky about audio quality, I would suggest that the vast majority of users will make the change to wireless without fuss.

    You can easily convert older Hifi systems by using a bluetooth adapter.

    If manufacturers were to use decent DAC chips to improve audio quality would lessen most people's concerns.

    Peace ✌

    • My main concern is battery life, my phone's battery is bad enough as it is without having to use Bluetooth.

    • You raise some interesting points. However, for me the drop in quality in an issue, particularly when I'm paying a lot more for wireless earbuds than wired ones. And the other issue is that I have yet another battery to worry about charging.
      This leads to me carrying a pair of spare wired earbuds with me, which never run out of battery, have a better (read: perfect) connection to the phone and have better sound quality. And didn't cost $100 to begin with.
      In saying that, I think a lot of people would prefer wireless, especially while at the gym. It's worth knowing about the pros and cons first though.

  • 303tk4 1 month ago Link to comment

    Apple ain't innovative lately but has a massive marketing resource (and noob fanboy base) to make people believe so.
    Not just moto's headphone jack and G5's dual camera.. also HTC's metal body and live photo before iPhone, Huawei's 3d touch, Sony's drive-less 13mm thick pc before Macbook air, you name it, but they didn't as caught on as apple's, that's that.
    So we'd thank apple for disseminating technology, but NOT for being innovative.. no longer so
    I hope more phones pack larger internal storage for shooting/carrying video so apple's move to 256gb is totally welcome. It's going to beat down the price of flash memory and could benefit other manufacturers.

    • Apple actually has never been innovative at all, not just lately, they never really invented anything. But, as you said, having a huge fanboy base, whatever you do tend to become a trend.

    • Masters of deception. And they do it so well.

    • Seriously?
      We all know Moto implemented fingerprint scanner... and we all know the results.
      Huawei 3D Touch...and we know the results... they showed a concept phone...not even available to buy...
      Sony's drive-less 13mm thick pc? not heard of that... whose mistake? Apple's or Sony's?

      Basically my point is - it does not matter who comes to market first - what matters is who makes it work for common people.
      Apple has set benchmark with TouchID, 3D Touch, dual camera etc... others simply add them to fill specs sheet... if you cant see the difference just ask Consmer reports... they said Samsung phones are not really water proof as they claim...

      • 303tk4 1 month ago Link to comment

        Prasad: If Sony's PC such as VAIO TYPE X wasn't available in U.S, sorry my fault (horribly slow PC back then anyway lol).. Late Jobs liked that brand though.
        Well as you said it's not the point..

        In a way I kind of agree with your version of definition innovative (tho some wouldn't).
        Right, who makes it work for common people really matters, else, we could have only called lab-scale technology "innovative".
        But ironically that's exactly what Apple fanboy denies when things come to other way around..

  • This website is becoming Android and iOSPIT

    • Bastian Siewers
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      1 month ago Link to comment

      Well the announcement of the iPhone has always been huge, and we have to talk about it considering its influence on Android. Don't you agree?

      • Mark 1 month ago Link to comment

        Announcing is great and important, but you put so much more emphases on it than that. example LG V20 got released first where is your article on it. You have already have article confirming the IPhone verses saying the V20 is coming. Be less of an Apple fan boy site there are plenty of those already.

  • Dazzler 1 month ago Link to comment

    If you hate or love them, as a tech fan I'm always interested to see what they do.

    Based on what I've heard so far, I won't be buying one.

    It's the same bezel-heavy design as the 2014 models, meaning a screen-to-body ratio that's over 10% worse than the best android phones available. I love the design of the S7 Edge that I have, it looks amazing thanks to the screen making up over 75% of the front.

    The lack of headphone socket means wired lightning headphones, and having to choose between charging your phone and listening to music. The thinner body doesn't help the battery size, which is almost half what leading android devices have. I don't want wireless headphones so for me this would be a real negative.

    Hopefully the all-new design apparently coming next year will be a bit more exciting than this one!

  • Had the iphone 4 when it came out--good phone then, but oh so pigging boring. You WILL do as apple tells you with your £600 phone which YOU have/are paid/paying for.

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