Apple’s iPhone 7s may be thicker due to new glass back design

“Apple is expected to introduce three new iPhones as soon as September: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD models we call iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, and a 5.8-inch OLED model we call iPhone 8,” Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac. “While the iPhone 8 will feature an all-new bezel-less design, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to look much like the current flagship iPhones.”

“One change for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones expected next month is a material return from aluminum backs to glass, and now a new rumor claims that shift will result in a slightly thicker casing,” Hall reports. “German blog Giga Apple cites a case maker who claims to have sources within iPhone maker Foxconn in reporting at least a 0.1mm jump in thickness on the iPhone 7s. According to a leaked specs document obtained from the site, the iPhone 7s will have a slight increase on all dimensions.”

Hall reports, “The change, if true, is expected to be due to the shift to glass from aluminum which serves as a pass through for rumored wireless (inductive) charging.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It’ll be worth it for the (relatively minor) added convenience of inductive charging (think Apple Watch charging). We don’t call it “wireless,” because it’s really not in practice since it requires, you know, a wired charger.

True wireless charging would be quite the leap. However, most observers are expecting a more pedestrian inductive charging capability for the next-gen iPhone(s).

As we wrote last month, “It sounds like we’ll be waiting at least another year for true wireless charging at a distance (à la Energous).”

Right now, the Apple Watch’s charging system is nice because it’s less fiddly, and especially useful in the dark, but it’s still essentially a wired charging system in practice. If Apple offers Qi-type charging, it’ll be fine, but will not be a big selling point – unless it offers considerably faster charging than today.MacDailyNews, April 27, 2017

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  1. Will it be as Thick as a Brick? Anyway, what difference does it make? If that’s what Apple’s inductive charging system requires then that’s the way it has to be. Are most consumers actually asking for ultra-thin smartphones? That tiny bit of extra thickness is hardly worth mentioning. I’d gladly trade extra thickness for a higher capacity battery and longer battery life if given that choice. Besides, it will make the iPhone that much harder to bend if people are still using that method to test iPhone durability.

    1. ” … Besides, it will make the iPhone that much harder to bend if people are still using that method to test iPhone durability.”

      Haven’t you heard? Bending tests are out. The only test that matters now is being shatterproof to an as yet unannounced type of impact. It’s a change in emphasis which the reviewers will be introducing in a couple of months.

      Also every time that Apple made a new iPhone a fraction of a millimetre thinner that it’s predecessor, journalists claimed that being a tiny bit slimmer was inconsequential. But the extra 0.1mm thickness of the new iPhone will be reported as a sure sign that Apple has lost the plot ( again ).

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