iPhone 7 will have bigger battery, according to factory leaks
The forthcoming iPhone 7 will have a slightly larger battery than its predecessors the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, according to a post on Chinese social media site Weibo.
The person who posted the images, purported to be taken inside an iPhone assembly factor, claimed the iPhone 7 will sport a 1735 mAH capacity battery, while the larger iPhone 7 Plus' will be 2810 mAH - up from the current 1715 mAH and 2750 mAH.
9to5Mac points out that while this translates in theory to prolonged battery life, the efficiency of the phone's components will determine just how long it lasts.
Apple aren't ones to make dramatic changes lightly, so it's pretty unlikely the 7 will look significantly different from the 6s, at least on first appearances. The aluminium alloy body will probably retain its gentle curves, though one of the most persistent rumours we've seen is the removal of the round 3.5mm headphone jack in an effort to make the device marginally slimmer.
The decision to remove the headphone jack would prove a controversial one. The company would presumably include new wireless headphones with the new handset, or a pair of headphones which connect to the phone through a lightning connector. Third parties have been able to create lightning connector headphones since June 2014 when Apple extended its Made-for-iPhone licensing programme.
Apple was criticised for focusing on software updates with the release of the iPhone 6s last September rather than making radical hardware overhauls, meaning the 6 and 6s cycles look identical, bar the introduction of the rose gold shade.
The iPhone 7's camera lens is also likely to sit in-line with its body and its plastic antenna bands will no longer stretch across its surface, reports suggest.
The rear-camera will sit within the aluminium casing, and antenna bands will sit only on the upper and lower edges, instead of extending across the width of the handset, according to MacRumours.
The new iPhone, slated for release in September, represents an important moment in Apple's history. The company has reportedly slashed production levels of the iPhone 6s and partner unit the 6s Plus by a third amid fears of slowing demand for the models, despite initial sales of more than 13 million units within three days of availability.
The iPhone 7 will have to contain more innovative hardware changes to persuade legions of fans to buy it, as developing markets reach increasing levels of saturation as the economy shifts from a buy to an upgrade cycle.
The Californian company is also reported to be developing a form of wireless charging which frees the iPhone from needing to be placed on a charging mat, the most commonly used format currently, according to Bloomberg. However, this is unlikely to be incorporated into an iPhone before 2017.