The iPhone 7 (or 6s) is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6. Images leaked to 9to5Mac in early July show internal and external views of silver metal casing, which looks very similar to the anodised aluminium used in the iPhone 6.
The casing appears to be the same width as the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple is planning to stick with the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch dimensions for the new iPhone and iPhone Plus.
However, schematics leaked to Engadget Japan by a source with a Chinese supply line suggest the iPhone 6s will be 0.2mm thicker than its predecessor at 7.1mm – a potential concession to Force Touch.
A small rectangular hole cut into what appears to be the underside of an iPhone 6s display panel (according to 9to5Mac) could also be a space for the taptic engine required for Force Touch.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has suggested there will be a rose gold version along with the traditional gold, silver and grey.
A patent filed by Apple back in December 2013 suggested that the company was working to remove the thin plastic strips that run across the width of the device and let radio waves penetrate the aluminium casing. However it is now thought that the technology will not be ready in time for the new iPhone.
The iPhone 6 features a Retina HD display, and there is nothing to suggest Apple is planning to change this on the new iPhone models.
There has been some talk of Apple replacing the iPhone’s current LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with a new organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen – similar to that used in the Apple Watch – but this is unlikely to make an appearance on the iPhone 6s or 7.
However, Sapphire glass – a scratch resistant material used in screens – is likely feature. It was widely slated for an appearance on the iPhone 6 but manufacturing problems reportedly got in the way.
The iPhone 7 or 6s is likely to feature a new processor, the A9, produced by Samsung. It will be smaller, faster and use less power, just as you’d expect from a new chip.
The current A8 series use a 20nm process, whereas the new ones ware expected to use 14nm.
Apple has always been conservative when it’s come to RAM, and the current iPhones only have 1GB RAM. It has been suggested that the new iPhones will be upgraded to 2GB, to bring them into line with competitions.
The current iPhones come with internal storage options of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. However, for the iPhone 6s or 7, Apple may well drop the 16GB base model and replace it with 32GB of internal storage.
he next version of the iPhone will see the “biggest camera jump ever”, offering quality to rival a DSLR, according to blogger John Gruber.
He reported in November that the new device would include a “weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.”
What exactly the “two lens” system refers to is unclear, and is likely to remain so until the launch.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the next camera will receive a welcome bump up to 12MP, with the front camera capable of recording 1080p video at 60fps, 240fps in slow motion mode and flash support.
The new iPhone will ship with iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, which brings an array of new features including new battery optimisation technology that will reportedly provide a typical user with an additional hour of battery life
There is also a new a low-power mode to help further extend battery life.