iPhone 7 to do away with antenna bands and protruding camera
The iPhone 7's camera lens will sit in-line with its body and its antenna bands will no longer stretch across its surface, according to new reports.
The new, sleeker design is not a radical departure from the iPhone 6s, but would represent a move towards a more uniform, streamlined appearance.
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.
Apple observers were surprised at the company's decision to allow the camera on the iPhone 6 to protrude from its casing, claiming it was both out of character for Apple's meticulous design standards and exposed the lens to scratching and other damage.
Getting rid of the plastic antenna strips also seems plausible. Last summer the company was granted a patent detailing a metal composite able to replace the strips, which are necessary for the phone's antenna to send and receive signal.
The new casing could be thin enough to allow radio waves to pass through, removing the need to coat the strip sections with plastic in order for the handset to send and receive signals.
Other iPhone 7 rumours include the removal of the headphone jack to create a slimmer body.
The decision to remove the headphone jack in order to create a thinner body 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.
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.
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 'fallow year' s 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 next iPhone, the iPhone 5se, is likely be launched at an event on March 15 according to reports.
The rumoured 4-inch handset will be revealed at a spring event in San Francisco alongside the iPad Air 3 and some new Apple Watch straps.
The iPhone 5se is expected to sport new features including an upgraded camera, Apple Pay and Live Photos, catering to customers who may remain unconvinced by the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September 2014.