The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are still new with people lining up to buy them. As users of the handset are waiting for the iOS 9.1 update, which should land by the time the Apple TV 4 goes on sale on November 1. Nonetheless, there’s always that need to know more and now, we’re wondering about the iPhone 7. Until the iPhone 6S family was official, we had thought that maybe the September release was for the iPhone 7. It turns out we missed our estimates by about a year or so. The company is already in the process of making the iPhone 7 and rumors about the handset’s properties have already given way to wild expectations. The latest iPhone 7 rumor is rather interesting though, as it mentions yet another anticipated product, the Apple Watch 2. Indeed, word is that the iPhone 7 release date coincides with the Apple Watch 2 release date, which is an interesting idea to ponder upon.
The first edition of the Apple Watch was launched in March 2015 and most would have expected the second generation of the wearable to be launched around the same time slot. Apparently, that’s not going to happen as the development team of the wearable is said to have decided to postpone the Apple Watch 2 release date to September 2016 so that they can truly perfect the hardware and software . While the first gen Apple Watch is impressive, it is not quite there yet when it comes to functionality and more importantly, necessity. These are the suspected reasons behind the Apple Watch 2 release date being correlated with the iPhone 7 release date.
Such a launch should also open up the opportunity of bundle purchasing – an iPhone 7 with an Apple Watch 2, for a discount. If Apple was wanting to improve sales of the wearable, selling it as a bundle with the new iPhone 7 would be one of the best approaches the company could take, in my opinion. With new rumors about Apple making a new iPad stand for which it just got its patent approved, it’s entirely possible that Apple is going down the bundle road sometime in the future. That would be a similar strategy to that of Microsoft and its Surface line-up. Apple already showed evidence of this new tendency when it launched the iPad Pro with two new accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. Launching the iPhone 7 with the Apple Watch 2 almost seems like a natural event to follow.
The iPhone 7 release will be interesting even if it turns out to be the sole headliner of the show. That’s because the latest rumor and analyst chat says that the iPhone 7 design will be completely waterproof, similarly to Sony’s Xperia line-up of devices. An IP68 certification is the minimum that people expect, but most likely, the iPhone 7 will have a higher score. If the rumor is true, this would be the first completely waterproof device from the company and it is sure to create excitement across the world. Samsung fans who have lost their faith in the company which removed the waterproof certification from their latest flagships, should also gravitate towards the iPhone 7 if it turns out to be waterproof.
If the new Apple flagship will indeed be waterproof, that could bring on another big change for the handset: design. Waterproof smartphones are usually not made of metal unibodies, so we expect the iPhone 7 to include more plastic than before. Apparently, Apple came up with a design and a tech that would do away with cover flaps on ports and would make for a rather stylish device, even if made from plastic. Apple is known to concentrate on design, so even if the iPhone 7 is made out of polycarbonate, it should be a premium smartphone with an enviable design.
Besides being waterproof and associated with the Apple Watch 2, the iPhone 7 could also feature a much larger battery, a more durable body in general as well as possible 3D or virtual reality features. It’s about time for Apple to get in on virtual reality and the iPhone 7 seems like the right moment or rather, launch, to do so. Other features that are expected to be part of the iPhone 7 include 3D touch, an improved processor, even better camera as well as a revamped software experience.
Recent rumors say that the iPhone 7 display will be made entirely out of sapphire crystal screens and will still feature an improved version of 3D touch. That plays into the durability and waterproof theory and sounds like the phone someone should have made a long time ago. Although Samsung, Sony and others have tried their hands at durable, waterproof smartphones and while the Galaxy S5 was a neat attempt, it failed at design.
Some say the iPhone 7 home button will be discontinued, according to analysts claiming to be familiar with the company. That would mean that TouchID would be moved to the side and Sony would be praised for its good idea that it implemented first in the Xpreia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. That would be quite an interesting flame war to follow indeed. Regardless, I think doing away with a home button completely is not something the iPhone 7 will handle. The analyst might have been thinking of the iPhone 8, as we still really use the iPhone home button and Touch ID pretty much.
To be fair, iOS 9 has been improved quite a bit and while older devices have problems with the new OS, the iPhone 6S family showcases how the software should actually work. The user experience is seamless and intuitive, and encryptions is top-notch. The price is definitely a bit too much, but the experience is truly pleasant, even for an Android user. Now iOS 9 still has missing features, but in recent times, Apple has shown interest towards changing its habits and starting to include third-party developers into their plans.
iOS 9.1 will bring in third-party support for Live Photos, the new camera feature in iOS 9, which is a step in the right direction. These efforts to unify the user experience will most likely culminate in the iPhone 7 and iOS 10, bringing forth a more open platform and ecosystem that allows users to customize their experiences. While some might say Apple will never change, I have faith that it will improve. The company certainly has the potential of becoming a more open and accepting platform for developers, so it might happen in a couple of years, if not with the iPhone 7.
There’s almost a year left until the iPhone 7 release date comes around, but it’s always fun as well as educational to try and pinpoint what smartphone manufacturers will try doing to boost sales and market share. Apple is a leader in the field, and while it does face a decent amount of hate on a daily basis, the company remains firmly in its leading position, with Tim Cook planning to go even bigger once the Apple Car becomes a reality.