iPhone 7 rumors: New revolutionary design, thinnest-ever iPhone, waterproof?


Apple has an upcoming new smartphone in the iPhone 7, said to come out in the fall of 2016. The iPhone 6S was just released, but Apple is said to be developing a revolutionary design to be integrated into iPhone 7.

Predictions for the upgrades come from respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has recently broken news on every Apple device release before launch. Kuo made a few notes on certain upgrades which he believes will find their way into the next iPhone.

First up is the display. There’s been talk for years now of Apple finally adapting the AMOLED screens competitors have been using with power efficiency that LED screens lack. But Forbes reported on Kuo’s claim that the iPhone 7 will stick to the LED display. Kuo also said that Apple is likely to stay with the LED screen for some more years, changing to AMOLED only in 2019.

The analyst shared background information to support his stand on the LED screen being retained. It appears that an Apple supplier, Foxconn, has positioned itself to provide a major supply of sixth-generation LTPS TFT-LCD display technology in 2018, entering a deal with China’s Henan government to set up mass production lines for the technology.

Apple Insider was able to take hold of a copy of Kuo’s research note with this piece of information and wrote, “The plant will enter mass production in 2018, and Kuo is ‘confident’ that the huge investment is for earning TFT-LCD orders for future iPhones.”

Apple is obviously going for high-quality displays with color accuracy and screen brightness, over power efficiency.

While the iPhone 6 is water-resistant, the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. Tech Times recently wrote about an Apple patent which reveals speakers ejecting penetrating liquid using sound. This report was based on a public disclosure made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office of a patent filed by Apple with the title “Liquid Expulsion from an Orifice.”

Any smartphone is susceptible to penetrating liquid through speaker grilles and the microphone. On the iPhone 6, Apple used rubber gaskets to keep liquids from seeping in and a patented method of applying hydrophobic coating on internal parts to reduce water damage. But, for the iPhone 7, Apple has patented an approach utilizing electric charges to propel liquids out through speakers and the microphone port. But of course, Apple has also thought ahead by installing a protective screen mesh with a negative electric charge to keep liquids away in the first place.

Kuo also revealed Apple’s plan to make the iPhone 7 between 6.0 to 6.5 millimeters thick, in line with the iPod Touch and iPad Air 2, both at 6.1, whereas the iPhone 6 is 6.9 millimeters, making the iPhone 7 the thinnest iPhone yet.

Rumors also include wireless charging already employed in Android devices. The screen has a 4.7-inch display, with an A10 smartchip, 2-gigabyte RAM, a 2K display, and even a front-facing camera with 8 megapixels.