Along with the absence of an earphone jack, an edge-to-edge display, and a waterproof body, another rumor has surfaced on Apple's upcoming iPhone 7. The device is set to be ceramic-made.
Instead of the metal back, the forthcoming Apple iPhone 7 is going to be made of ceramic, according to Sina (via Business Korea). As per the publication, the handset is going to lose the antenna bands on the back of the phone.
According to DigiTimes, the laterals of Apple's iPhone 7 are also going to have a new metal frame., which measures 3mm thick The publication added that the inclusion of the metal-alloy chassis is predicted to have increased demand three to five years from now, even with rumors saying that iPhone shipments might happen this year. As per the publication, which some chassis suppliers consider other materials as part of the iPhone 7, the shift is set to take place, at least, three years before the actual deployment.
Another enhancement to the upcoming iPhone 7 is the Super AMOLED screen panel, along with an improved 3D Touch functionality and quicker Touch ID home button. As suggested by Phone Area, seeing the iPhone 7 with a Super AMOLED screen panel might be far from happening since the Cupertino-based tech company is not presumed to shift into using the AMOLED screen until 2018. Also, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously revealed that the AMOLED screen would not be applied to the upcoming iPhone devices until 2019.
In November, Phone Arena mentioned that Kuo had announced that Apple's phones and tablets were set to come with LCD screens at least through 2018. The analyst suggested that Apple's suppliers push to investing in new tech lines for LCD production, which was a move that they would not do if they were planning to shift to using an AMOLED screen for the iPhone.
Aside from the ceramic back, metal frame, and AMOLED screen, it is rumored that the iPhone 7 is set to feature a 5-inch display, which will cover the whole front panel, according to Techno Buffalo. If this is actualized, it is assumed that many fans would enjoy watching videos or movies, as well as playing games. As per the publication, the back panel cradles the secondary display, which is intended for widgets and some customized background image.
Apple's iPhone 7 is also set to have a 16-nanopixel lens with automatic image optimization, which is dependent on the user's timezone and location, not to mention the weather. Also, the phone is rumored to feature a retina scanner, in addition to a special battery saving sleep mode that helps users retain energy without turning off the device.
To compete with water resistant mobile devices from its competitors Samsung and Sony, the iPhone 7 is also set to be waterproof, according to PC Advisor UK. The publication mentioned that in March 2015, a new patent revealed that the Cupertino-based company is looking for methods to make the device waterproof, without sacrificing its aesthetics. It was revealed that the concept involves covering the electronic parts of the phone's interior with a protective waterproof material as an alternative to adding armor to the phone's exterior.
With the aforementioned features, it is expected that the iPhone 7 gets a much higher price, as compared to its predecessors. According to PC Advisor UK, the upcoming Apple mobile phone could be seen at 539 pounds sterling for the 16GB variant, 619 for 54GB variant, and 699 for the 128GB variant.
For the time being, Apple's iPhone 7, along with the iPhone 7 Plus, is rumored to be released in the middle of September this year while Apple's iPhone 5se and 6c are speculated to launch in March.