What We Know About the Newest iPhone to Be Released

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Another year, another batch of new phones. While Apple usually limits their releases to once or twice a year, their most recent phones, this year’s iPhone SE and last year’s iPhone 6S and Plus 6S, were minor updates of the phone released in 2014. Apple has yet to release any information about the upcoming phone, so it’s tough to say what exactly to expect. But if any of the rumors circulating around are true, you might want to wait another year until upgrading. In any case, here’s what we know (or think we know) about the upcoming Apple phone.

The Expected Design: Out With the Old, In With the Old

If you’re a fan of the iPhone 6 and 6S form factor, you’re in luck – Apple isn’t expected to change much of the phone’s outward appearance. Expect to see screen and bezel sizes stay the same, though with redesigned antenna lines, these lines rounding off the top and bottom of the back of the phone rather than taking up as much space as on the current iPhone. There’s also been talk of the camera bump on the back of the phone being a little smaller. Finally, there might be a new color, either blue or black, for you to choose for your phone.

A New Camera (or Cameras)

While the outward changes might seem a little lackluster, there’s one thing we’re almost certain will change: the camera. The iPhone 6’s camera is certainly nothing to balk at, but there’s still a chance that we could see it upgraded further with technologies that have come about in the past years. But despite higher resolution photos and videos with better framerates, there’s one major change that might be coming to the new phone: dual cameras. If the rumors are true and the new devices ship with two cameras on board, you can expect better overall picture and video performance, especially in the dark.

No More Headphone Jack?

Among the larger changes rumored to happen might not exactly be a welcome one. The iPhone 7 might be waving goodbye to the headphone jack, instead requiring users to plug in via the Lightning Port at the bottom of the phone. The reasoning behind this is that it could accommodate a thinner overall phone size and make the device more waterproof. The new design could even incorporate some noise-cancelling technology. While removing the headphone jack, one of the most ubiquitous ports on all devices, might be inconvenient, don’t go throwing away your earbuds just yet. If Apple goes through with the change, it’s expected that they’ll provide adapters to allow you to hook your current headphones up to the phone.

And that’s about all we know right now. So, are these updates enough to convince you to make the switch, or will you be holding off for the next version? Whether or not the jump is really worth it is something we won’t know for sure until early September, when Apple is rumored to announce the new model.

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