The iPhone 7 might look two years old when it goes on sale this September, but it will be much more exciting than you anticipated, according to the latest claims from Deutsche Bank analysts.
Apple’s 4.7-inch model is expected to get an upgraded camera with optical image stabilization, a Force Touch home button, “professional-class waterproofing,” and more.
Wall Street is still convinced that Apple is now switching to a three-year cycle for major iPhone refreshes, which means we’ll have to wait until 2017 — when the iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary — for a major redesign.
But that doesn’t mean this year’s refresh won’t be worth your hard-earned cash. According to those in the know at Deutsche Bank, the iPhone 7 will be compelling enough to outsell the iPhone 6s.
In addition to an improved camera with OIS, analysts expect the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to offer a redesigned home button that uses motors to simulate a click (like the Force Touch trackpad), a waterproof design, and improved sound — possibly with stereo speakers.
The iPhone 7 will also lose its headphone jack, and Apple is expected to bundle a 3.5mm adapter — not redesigned EarPods — that will allow users to plug their existing headphones into the handset’s Lightning port.
As for the iPhone 7 Plus, we can expect much of the same, but with a dual-lens camera and 3GB of RAM. Both models are also expected to come in a new color option.