iPhone 7 Rumors: ‘Liquid Metal’ Build, Sapphire Screen, Camera Upgrade

November 24, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Despite the iPhone 6 being released only two months ago, there’s already been rumors about Apple’s next smartphone, which should see a September 2015 release date.

The iPhone will likely get a sapphire screen, a feature Apple didn’t use on the iPhone 6 models, some of the latest rumors say. Sapphire is the second-hardest naturally occuring material next to diamond.

The iPhone 6 wasn’t able to use the material because the supplier went bust. At the time, the material was also too expensive.

But according to MobileBurn, this isn’t going to stop Apple from using it for the iPhone 7.

The report also suggests that Apple will make the phone “from liquid metal, but considering that is not detailed, so we are not sure what that means,” MobileBurn says

“Maybe a Terminator 2 style phone perhaps, but nevertheless the handset is reportedly being made to avoid any issues like the Bendgate saga that surrounded the iPhone 6. A new Touch ID sensor could possibly mean that the Home Button could be removed for the first time, which would be a big evolution in the iPhone name,” the report somewhat cryptically adds.

Other rumors say the phone will have an A8 processor, have a much better camera, and possibly 256GB in storage.

The phone may also be larger, with the iPhone Plus being bumped up from 5.5 inches to 5.7 inches.

Meanwhile, a report in Chinese-language publication Economic Daily News (via Macworld) said the phone could feature a 3D display. It claimed Apple supply partner TPK is working on a “naked eye 3D screen” project.

And another rumor comes from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, who said there will be a big camera upgrade in store for the iPhone 7.

“The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” he said.

“I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.”

Gruber cited a source close to the matter for his information.