Don’t expect a revamped iPhone 7 redesign this year

iPhone 7 mockup

For those expecting the iPhone 7 to have to design refresh may have to hold onto their horses. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t feature any major design changes. Instead, they will feature the same rumors that we’ve reported before like the absence of 3.5mm audio jack and they’ll be slimmer as if anyone is asking for thinner iPhone. Apple’s decision to ditch the headphone jack will result in improved water resistance, according to the report. A string of reports leading up to today’s big planted story suggested that Apple’s 2016 iPhones will be relatively minor upgrades compared to new model number upgrades in previous years. In the past, Apple would release a big redesign and then an “S” model the following year before launching another big upgrade.

All hope is not lost however, the iPhone due next year will be a major design refresh as Apple celebrates 10 years of the iPhone. Just like the latest Galaxy Edge devices, the iPhone will have a curved, edge-to-edge OLED screen and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the display itself — eliminating the need for a physical home button. According to the Journal’s sources, Apple design chief Jony Ive has “for years” pushed for the iPhone to “appear like a single sheet of glass.”

With current technological limitations in mind, it’s highly unlikely that Ive will realize his vision entirely, which might resemble the concept image at the top of this post. But next year’s iPhones will most likely head “in that direction,” and this is a great thing for Apple fans following 2016’s minor update, as for 2016 we might have to live with minor chnages.