The iPhone 7 will be a minor upgrade from the current model and will retain the same design, contrary to initial expectations that Apple would hugely overhaul and upgrade its flagship phone this year.
Since 2008, Apple has changed the design and significantly boosted the capabilities and features of its flagship iPhone every two years.
The apparent decision to move away from this two-year cycle has been the subject of rumour and speculation for most of 2016.
However a report that surfaced today citing anonymous insiders speaking with the widely respected financial newspaper Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is being seen as the most concrete sign yet that the rumours are true.
The WSJ’s sources are widely believed to be Apple staff.
The US paper reports that the iPhone 7 will come in 4.7–inch and 5.5–inch versions, both of which will ditch a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, headphones will be inserted in the Lightning charging port.
This change, which again was widely predicted, is apparently being made because it will help Apple to make the iPhone 7 waterproof. It also means the iPhone 7 can be made slimmer than its predecessors.
However, consumers are unlikely to notice any differences in the design of this year’s model.
The WSJ also claims that 2017’s iPhone will come with an OLED screen and feature a major overhaul in the smartphone’s design, backing up gossip that has done the rounds on Apple blogs since the turn of the year.
The iPhone 7 is set to launch in September.