The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are only a few months old but the rumors are heating up big time for the next iPhone.
The next iPhone will likely either be called the iPhone 6S or the iPhone 7–KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo is one of those who believes it will be called the iPhone 7.
A definite release date has not been confirmed but the latest rumor, from Mobile News, says that it could launch on September 25, based on a purported internal staff email from British carrier Vodafone. In this scenario, preorders would start on September 18.
As for the design and display, there’s a lot of rumors out there. One big one notes that the new iPhones will be thicker than the current models, and may even get rid of that infernal camera bump.
Kuo says that Apple will probably stick to bringing out two sizes of the phone at once, but will likely stick to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants.
He also said that Apple may use the same aluminum casing found on the Apple Watch Sports casing for the next iPhone. It’s about 60 percent more durable than the aluminum used for the iPhone 6.
A big rumor has to do with the camera for the next iPhone. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White told Business Insider that he’s seen evidence in the company’s supply chain indicating that the next phone could come with an improved 12-megapixel camera.
Blogger John Gruber added in a post that he heard the next iPhone would have the “biggest camera jump ever.” That’s good news. Among the specific rumored improvements? The ability to take clearer pictures in low-light conditions.
White noted that the sensors on both the front and rear cameras could very well be improved. And developer Hazma Sood has noted that the next iPhone, based on code, will support 1080p video capture, 24-frames-per-second slow-motion shooting, a panoramic mode, and a flash.
A note from Macquarie Research says that the camera may even allow users to add 3D effects to photos taken with the new phone.
One spec that could be killed off is the 16GB, or the lowest, storage option. That comes via Chinese blog M.I.C. Gadget as well at The Korea Times.
9to5 Mac adds that the battery in the new iPhone could be capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds.