Apple Inc. has the iPhone 6S up and running, and the firms’ engineers are turning their attention to the next gen of smart phone. The iPhone 7 release date is still in the distant future, more on that later, but the tech world is excited at the possibilities despite the scant info about what the next device will look like.
Ming Chi Kuo, an analyst famed for his knowledge of Apple products before they’re released, has already given us a little bit of info on the iPhone 7 specs. The only source we have right now is patents, and some of them are absolutely amazing. Here’s a look at the kind of tech Apple is working on right now.
iPhone 7 specs may include weird display
This is a new patent, but it may signal that Apple is ready for a revolution with the iPhone 7 specs. Apple filed a patent for a screen that can twist and bend back in 2013, but it wasn’t until last month that the patent was awarded. The tech mirrors that found in the Samsung Galaxy S5 Edge, but Apple may push it much further.
Theoretically the tech could allow the iPhone 7 display to be curved in any number of ways, but Tim cook and Jony Ive aren’t likely to okay a phone in the shape of a ball or a cylinder. It’s more likely that, should Apple include a curved screen among the iPhone 7 specs, they’ll go for something like that found in the Samsung Galaxy range, though Apple fans will expect the firm’s tech to be much much better.
Apple Inc. might kill the pass code
Another recent patent shows that Apple has been thinking about getting rid of the code required to unlock the phone. The TouchID fingerprint reader already does this for most users, but some still prefer to interact with the screen rather than store their fingerprint on their phone.
The iPhone 7 specs may include a new tech, likely using the power of 3D Touch, that will allow a simple gesture to act as your passcode. This would differ from the systems currently seen on Android, using directional input rather than a simple order of points to touch. The iPhone 7 may give you even more secure ways to log in, should Apple use the patent.
iPhone 7 specs can get wet
Apple Inc. is not just worrying about how you log into your phone, the firm is also worried about what happens when you drop the device. The iPhone 7 specs may include a feature never before seen in a smart phone from Apple. You might be able to go for a swim with the device and not worry about the result.
A new patent from Cupertino shows that Apple has at least been toying with the idea of making the smartphone waterproof. The patent shows that Apple is looking at using Silicon seals and a “vapor deposition process” in order to protect the phone from moisture when needed.
Because this is just a patent it’s not clear how much water this sort of tech will protect your phone from. It’s not likely that the more aquatic mammals out there will be able to use the iPhone 7 while submerged, but it might be possible to fall into a river and not worry about the repair bill.
The trouble with Apple patents
Apple is the single biggest tech firm in the world, and it has thousands of engineers working on tech to include in the iPhone 7 specs. Tim Cook’s team makes hundreds and thousands of patent applications, but may of them are never even thought about in the board room, never mind being included in something as headline-making as the iPhone 7.
We simply don’t know whether Apple will really put a bent screen in the iPhone 7 specs, or whether we’ll be able to use gestures to unlock our phone in the next version of the firm’s iOS software.
These questions won’t be firmly answered until the actual iPhone 7 specs are released next year. Until then, all we’ve got are the patents that Apple has filed and a few tidbits from the supply chain. Ming Chi Kuo, who knows more than almost anyone about how that supply chain works, has had very little info for us so far. He reckons the iPhone 7 specs call for a thickness of 6.1-6.5mm, but that’s about it.
Patents really aren’t a great way to predict how Apple will deal with the design of the iPhone 7 specs. There’s a huge amount more that goes into the design of a new device from Apple and just because the firm is able to do something doesn’t mean it has any intention to do it.
Apple has huge amounts of tech that just isn’t possible right now because they need to make 200 million phones per year and each one has to cost $400 or less to make.
iPhone 7 release date
Many people will already have decided whether or not to upgrade their device this year, but it’s clear from the recent Apple patents that there might be a good argument for waiting for the iPhone 7. For those who’ve decided to stick with their current model for the time being it seems there’s quite a while to wait.
Unless things change in some unpredictable way, its likely that Apple will put the iPhone 7 release date toward the end of September 2016. If the firm follows the pattern it’s been using for the last few years the iPhone 7 release date is likely to be either the 23rd of September 2016 or the 30 September 2016.
Apple had some trouble with parts for the release of this year’s smart phone, but the firm still managed to release it right on time. The same thing happened last year and, though supplies of the iPhone 6 were constrained, the firm still managed to get the device out in good time.
That means that, if Apple keeps to its schedule, we’re looking forward to an iPhone 7 release date on 23rd of September or the 30 September 2016. Here’s hoping it’s just as amazing as the above patents lead us to believe.