Any new model of iPhone is eagerly anticipated, and the rumour mill is always coming up with ever more extravagant theories as to the potential appearance and features of any new family member. The next model of iPhone, widely dubbed the iPhone 7, has been no exception. Even though we are barely half way through 2016, the anticipated 2017 launch is a major subject of online articles and conversations whenever Apple fans are gathered together. One rumour which the experts are now claiming is both true and verified, is that the iPhone 7 will do away with the aluminium part of the phone case, and will instead have glass both front and back. Apparently the switch from aluminium to all-glass was confirmed during an annual shareholder’s meeting by the chairman of the Taiwan company (Catcher Technology) that currently supplies the aluminium cases.
What’s the Catcher?
From Catcher’s point of view, the switch to all-glass could potentially cause a loss of revenue, but according to the chairman, a fully glass case would be impractical, and would need some kind of metal band to hold it together, which presumably they would still supply. There would also need to be a metal internal frame to fasten the glass on to. The processing of glass requires advanced technologies, and it is possible an all-glass case would increase costs somewhat, so any new model of iPhone using all-glass will inevitably cost more.
The many rumours about the next iPhone are slowly being either confirmed or debunked as time goes on. One of these is that the next model iPhone will use a new and thinner LED, taking advantage of a technology called OLED (stands for ‘organic light-emitting diode’). This technology makes use of organic materials designed to light up when they receive a supply of electricity. OLED screens apparently have a better quality of image, use less power and they are thinner and therefore lighter than current technologies.
Other rumours concern the battery itself – the new model is supposed to be fitted with a larger and higher capacity battery, which would tend to make the new iPhone thicker than current models, but Apple are putting plenty of resource into developing ‘superthin’ models, so maybe they can get around this somehow.
Water-resistance is another area that has excited plenty of comment. We all know that iPhones (along with all other smartphones) are highly susceptible to water damage, in fact after damaged glass, water damage is one of the most common reasons for an iPhone to need a repair. It is rumoured that the next model of iPhone will be the most water-resistant yet, maybe that is on the back of the all-glass features we covered earlier.
Something that is exciting plenty of comment is the possibility that a 256GB iPhone may actually be released this year – if you’re one of those people who are hungry for storage, this could be great news for you. However, if you were hoping for dual speakers on the next model, you will be disappointed, because it has been made clear that the single speaker approach is here to stay for the time being.