iPhone 7 improvements over iPhone 6

“Although we have yet to see the dawn of 2015, there is no doubt what the big smartphone release of the year will be,” Christopher Morris writes for ValueWalk. “Apple Inc. greatly strengthened its predominant position in the marketplace in 2014, and a new iPhone is certain during the next calendar year. Although some publications have suggested that it could be named the iPhone 6s, the branding of an entirely new iPhone generation seems more likely, and therefore the branding of iPhone 7 would seem more natural.”

Morris writes, “The question of how Apple will make the iPhone 7 stand apart from the previous generation of phones is an intriguing one, but here are ten things that we could see in the next generation iPhone.”

• iPhone 7 Plus
• Battery life
• Bezels and design
• Full HD display
• Quad HD display
• 3D display
• Front and rear camera improvements
• Sapphire Glass
• Wireless charging
• 4-inch model

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s every other year “s” models are meant to take advantage of economies of scale. It’s tough to imagine Apple foregoing such benefits. It also gives them another 12 months to work on Liquidmetal (unless that will be one of the major selling points of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as Siri was to iPhone 4s and Touch ID was to iPhone 5s. If Apple follows their template, there will be at least one tentpole feature for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Sapphire displays are another possibility. We don’t see Apple going back to 4-inch iPhones unless they decide to throw an iPhone 6c curveball.

19 Comments

  1. I TOTALLY agree with MDN’s take and totally DISAGREE with this idiot’s comments. There is NO WAY Apple will release the iPhone 7 in 2015. As MDN said, they have always taken advantage of 1 design for 2 years to maximize the return on investment. They will tweak the 6s modestly in Sept 2015.

    That said, it will be VERY interesting to see what the iPhone 7 looks like in 2016. Make no mistake: they have already prototyped it. How I would LOVE to be a “fly on the wall” in Jony Ive’s labs…

    1. Agree, but.

      Another reason to upgrade every two years is that most users don’t upgrade every year and it is common for users to upgrade every two years. Therefore there is less reason to dramatically upgrade every year.

      However, Apple may want to put the last nail in the Google/Samsung coffin and thereby firmly establish itself as the undiluted king of the premium smartphone market.

    2. After trying out the iPhone 7 early beta, I made suggestions to Tim Cook over lunch. I was impressed with its great battery life, as Apple FINALLY got with the program and now use a plutonium core to extend battery life to 30 years between recharges. (What took them SO long? Jeez. But I digress.) The new A12 (codename: SR71) multicore processor is pretty sweet, and is 20 times faster than the now sluggish iPhone 6. Apple Watch integration is also quite improved, and the upcoming Bluetooth neural implant finally allows for true hands-free, brain-powered commands, communication and operations, making temporal communication while driving or making dinner a lot easier.

      The form factor is pretty much the same as before. But the new rose gold finish option is sure to be popular with the hideously wealthy customer. Still, Apple crammed in an 8K display with a 3D option, something I hope will keep it ahead of copycats like Xaomi before their blueprints are stolen – again.

      I’m sure the pundits and Business Insider will be disappointed, as the rumor mill has been demanding the “stealth cloaking” feature for quite some time now, and analysts had been demanding that Apple drop the price to $12 US. (Doing so would have dropped the price in Russia to $300,000 US under the latest exchange rates from the reduced Ruble buying power.)

      I know it’s a pretty tepid update, and I for one am waiting to play with the iPhone 8 ++ later this year. I’ll keep you posted as I do.

    1. Agree; it is kind of oxymoron, considering the way how glass is made and the state of material that it results in — amorphous, which is opposite of state of material of sapphire: crystalline.

      As to liquid metal, there are no manufacturing issues for it, its main issue is that metals that constitute this alloy are five times pricier than aluminium. There is not a lot Apple can do about it. So lets hope it will happen, but chances are not super high.

      1. Regarding the cost of LM, the key is the total cost of goods from materials through production. Molding LM parts should reduce production costs relativel to machining and finishing aluminum. Apple will use LM when it makes sense to do so based on all of the critical considerations. Cost may not be the biggest consideration.

        1. Apple has made machining and finishing so big scale and cost-effective that subtracting that would not compensate much for fivefold price of raw materials, which should be then melted properly to make them perfectly amorphous — this is quite pricy, high-energy process, comparing to even regular melting of iron.

          Another issue is that forms in which Apple has to pour liquid LM alloy have to be made within incredible precision — if Apple does not really want to use additional machining. Also expensive process.

  2. The iPhone 5 was clearly a stopgap. It was like a scrawny teenager. The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is the true fully grown successor to the original 3.5 inch design. It even has the same upper chin layout as the iPhone 4s. Why people want to go back in time to that skinny 4 inch screen is beyond comprehension. The iPhone 6 is perfectly suitable for one-handed use.

    1. You couldn’t be more wrong about that. It’s far too wide for one handed use for many, many people. especially women with smaller hands. Just because it fits your hand does;n’ mean it fits others. I had to return my 6 and go back to the 5S for just this reason.

  3. Obviously this author doesn’t follow Apple much. It is almost a certainty that Apple will be going with the 6s moniker, saving the 7 for a design refresh. Apple does not need to deviate from their current strategy. I believe the current sales success of the 6 and 6 plus over Android underscores that. Besides, they will probably only have caught up to demand for the 6 by the time they are ready to release the 6s.

  4. The 2 year cycle matches the 2 year contract from most cellular providers. Apple has no need for cash flow like Samsung and others that throw up new phones every other week in order to entice people to upgrade.

    Seems no data or behavior from Apple at all that would suggest they’re going to change this pattern. Unless they can convince cellular providers to go to 1 year contracts.

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