A new report from The Wall Street Journal is confirming a number of different previous rumors about the next-generation iPhone.
Say goodbye to the headphone jack
The report says that Apple will offer both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version of the “iPhone 7,” keeping the same model sizes since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in 2014.
As expected, the biggest change will be the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack to help make the iPhone thinner and “improve its water resistance.”
By removing the ubiquitous jack, users will have a few options to rock out. They’ll need headphones with Bluetooth, a Lightning jack, or use an analog-to-Lightning plug.
The report didn’t mention the possibility of a dual-lens camera for at least the larger phone version. It could possibly feature some type of optical zoom. One lens could support a wide field of view while the other might feature telephoto technology. Independent images are captured from both lenses which are then combined into a single photo using special algorithms.
Bigger changes in 2017
While that’s disappointing news for some potential buyers, Apple is planning for some major changes with the 2017 model:
Apple plans bigger design changes for 2017, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Those changes could include an edge-to-edge organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen and eliminating the home button by building the fingerprint sensor into the display, according to people familiar with the matter.
If true, the new iPhone would be a significant break from the “tick-tock” upgrade cycle that sees a new design every two years. The “S” cycle version of the handset features minor hardware tweaks along with software improvements.