1. From iPhone to iPhone 7: Here’s how Apple has changed the smartphone’s design over the years

From iPhone to iPhone 7: Here’s how Apple has changed the smartphone’s design over the years

Rumours about the next iPhone have been doing the rounds for a long time, and after what looks to be a media event by Apple to launch the iPhone 7, speculations are rife.

By: | Updated: August 31, 2016 2:59 PM
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Rumours about the next iPhone have been doing the rounds for a long time, and after what looks to be a media event by Apple to launch the iPhone 7, speculations are rife. Apple has confirmed that it will have a media event on September 7, 2016. Apple will most likely unveil the iPhone 7 and 7S with better camera features and upgraded hardware but the design will almost be the same as iPhone 6 and 6S. The company does not reveal its plans before announcing its products, the date of the media event is an indication of the new device and quite possibly it will be named iPhone 7. Now since the release is imminent, speculations about the design are bound to happen. From Steve Jobs to Tim Cook, let us see how Apple has changed the design of the iPhone over the ‘generations’.

The biggest highlight of the latest launch will be that the iPhone 7S will supposedly have a dual camera. Though it will not be the first phone with dual cameras, it is the first from Apple. The dual camera will aid in having different types of focal ranges and better zooming capabilities. Users can even click a single picture with both the cameras which will help in getting a more detailed image and with lesser noise. The biggest drawback which looks to be present in the iPhone 7 will be the lack of a headphone jack. Instead of the headphone jack, Apple will provide dual speakers, which is not a bad thing given iPhone speakers have always been a low point. iPhone users will have to get lightning headphones or have to buy Bluetooth headphones.

Comparing with the first generation of iPhone, the first thing that comes to mind is the size. It is amazing that how much bigger iPhone has gotten since it was first launched, and even back then it was considered quite a big phone. When it comes to width, mockup trials according to reports suggest that the iPhone 7 will have a width of just below 7 millimetres while the 1st iPhone was more than 11 millimetres. Interestingly, even the first iPhone had issues in the headphone jack, as it could not fit all kinds of earphones. They are both aluminium builds and the basic design hasn’t changed much. Comparing with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, again the first thing that comes to mind is that 3G was a tiny phone. Apple also changed the look and feel of it by making a plastic body, for the first time. There were many users who termed it as ‘feels cheap’.

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Now comes the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, one of the most popular generations of the device. It had a very simple and classy design, with a metal strap going around the body sandwiched between two sheets of glass. The only problem was the two antennae on the side which caused signal problems when covered, but apart from that the design holds up today. But it’s 3.5-inch screen is too small for this generation. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S were a continuation of the previous design, except the fact that Apple added a metal at the back of the body. Though the cheaper version, iPhone 5C was kind of an odd one out as it had an all new plastic shell.

Now, when it comes to the iPhones which the 7 is going to succeed, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, it seems that the look is not going to get changed much. The cameras will be different according to the speculations on the specifications. Since the iPhone 7 will have a bigger camera, it will use a bigger sensor which might make the phone wobble when kept flat on the table. This is because the other parts of the body are very slim. According to the mockup phones, the antennae lines look less noticeable. But the biggest change that is expected is the ‘Home’ button, as it will possibly be touch sensitive this time, just like the 3D touch or Force touch on the Mac computers.

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