What new hardware can we expect from the next iPhone generation? It’s time for a full-number bump up to the iPhone 7, and that means changes galore; already, rumors have identified a bunch of ways Apple could choose to help make the new iPhone stand out, including the move to a super-thin body with no headphone jack, new in-screen fingerprint scanning hardware, and maybe even a waterproof construction. Now a new supply-chain rumor attempts to narrow down that list a little, leaving us with a few of the more likely options.
Good news for anyone who’s ever accidentally dropped a phone in the toilet (and it happens to the best of us): we once again hear that Apple could bring waterproofing to the iPhone 7. There’s no mention here as to the extent of that protection (like if it might be OK to listen to music in the shower, versus being able to take pictures in the ocean), only that Apple’s expected to introduce the feature.
We’re also told about a move that’s been popping up in recent speculative renders, suggesting that Apple could drop the antenna stripes that line the back of the current-gen iPhone and instead achieve the desired RF compatibility through the use of new composite materials. That’s another idea we’ve heard before, and this mention here only helps to make the change sound that much more likely.
Those stripes have been a divisive issue for Apple fans in recent years, and we’re sure that a significant proportion of them would welcome a move away from that look with open arms.