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Over the last few years Apple has been pretty predictable, following a major design change in even-numbered years, and then this cycle has been followed by tech upgrades that keep the same chassis in odd-numbered ‘S phone’ years.  As we are in one of the even-numbered years we can look forward to a near certain total redesign.

Rumour has it that there are multiple iPhone 7 prototypes, with reports that Apple is considering three different handset designs which includes a thinner look and one that is similar to the iPhone 6S although it will be without the antenna bands that run across the present generation.  We also expect the company to release two versions as per norm, a standard sized 4.7inch iPhone 7 and a larger 5.5inch iPhone 7 Plus.

Another of those well informed rumours is that the iPhone 7 will get rid of the headphone socket which would greatly increase the thinness of the handset, it is generally thought that Apple will instead use the Lightening port, and that Apple will make a set of Bluetooth wireless headphones.  Apple has also registered the name AirPods for these new headphones, and they are expected to be very similar to the Motorola Hint, with very little of the actually headphones being visible at all.

Hopefully Apple will keep to its usual release schedule with the new phone being seen in late September 2016, and it could sport a new design and look with a better screen and camera together with a faster processor.  It has also been reported that the iPhone 7 and 7Plus will boast a sapphire display which offers a higher degree of scratch and shatter-resistance than any of the other models Gorilla Glass.

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Multiple sources have reported that Intel will provide 30 -40% of the iPhone 7’s modem supply (the Intel 7360 LTE), which supports 450 Mbps download together with 100 Mbps upload speeds. It has also been said that Apple are going to allow iPhone users to delete those default apps from home screens if they are not used.  This hidden data in iTunes has previously been hidden by users having to create a folder on their home page which is far from an ideal situation.

Another interesting rumour is that there is a possibility that the iPhone 7, and if not that model, the subsequent generation could support wireless charging, with Apple narrowing connectivity to a single Lightning port, which would make it impossible for users to be able to charge the iPhone and use the wired headphones at the same time, and that is why there could be wireless charging.  A possibility but one that has yet to be confirmed.

No matter what the speculation is one thing is for certain and that is the hardware and software will work seamlessly with each other. There are over a million and a half apps on the App Store to enjoy with each and every one being approved.  So no matter what your thing is, be it writing or playing games like Bingo On The Box, budgeting, listening, or even killing off rampant zombie populations that threaten your very life-style, you are totally set to do each and every one.

Apple is also incredibly security conscious (remember the latest about not giving out the password to the FBI?).  The developers create super safe apps which are encrypted have state of the art APIs and app transport security.  The iPhones also use sandboxing, trusted boot and kernel address space layout randomization.  To say that iPhones and Malware are strangers to each other is a bit of an understatement.

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