Even with a limited redesign, the next-generation iPhone could be a popular choice for upgraders in the United States.
According to a new report from investment firm Piper Jaffray (via AppleInsider), a recent poll of 400 iPhone users in the United States found that 67.5 percent of them own an iPhone 6 or earlier.
Among the polled users, almost 15 percent are already planning to upgrade while 29 percent are considering making the purchase.
“We view this as in-line with our expectations given we are still over two months away from the official launch and most consumers are not tuned into the Apple rumor cycle,” analyst Gene Munster wrote. “We expect the percentage of consumers that plan to upgrade to the iPhone 7 to increase following the announcement, even if it is not a significant technology upgrade.”
A clear look
The leaked image lines up with previous rumors.
And earlier today, we’ve also gotten one of the clearest looks so far at the rear of the next-generation device.
Published by nowhereelse.fr, the image shows the unsightly antenna lines have been placed on the top and bottom of the device. It also shows a larger hole for the iPhone’s camera module.
Unfortunately, the image doesn’t show the bottom of the iPhone. Apple is widely expected to remove the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack on the device. In its place, users would need Bluetooth or Lightning headphones.
The larger model is also expected to feature a dual-lens camera. 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.
Both handsets are expected to be unveiled sometime this fall.