New Apple leak hints that you're going to want to skip the iPhone 7
Can your current phone hold out? It'll be worth the wait
Okay, fine - you don't have to skip the iPhone 7.
It's your money, it's your contract, it's your pocket. But every muttering, leak and rumour is pointing to the iPhone 7 being 'just a little bit better' than the iPhone 6S - a minor update that you'll have to squint to notice. They're apparently backtracking on the biggest expected change, keeping the 3.5mm headphone socket.
So why the underwhelming update at a point when Apple really needs to impress? Because the iPhone of 2017 is going to be awesome.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has spoken to "people familiar with the matter" (code for: they bought their mate who works at Apple enough drinks to make them talk), revealing that Apple is holding back a number of major new features in its development pipeline for a handset that will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
"Those changes could include an edge-to-edge organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen and eliminating the home button by building the fingerprint sensor into the display, according to people familiar with the matter."
It's not the first time such a handset has been mentioned: earlier this year, analyst and famed Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo outlined a major redesign of the iPhone set to arrive in 2017. The latest report from WSJ adds yet more fuel to the fire:
"At a meeting with an Apple executive last month, one of the company’s China-based engineers asked why this year’s model lacked a major design change in keeping with Apple’s usual two-year cycle. The answer, one person at the meeting recalled, was that the new technology in the pipeline will take time to implement. People familiar with the matter said some features that Apple hopes to integrate into iPhones, such as curved screens, weren’t ready for this year’s models."
So, if your current iPhone still has plenty of juice left in it, you might want to consider nursing it for another 12 months until something special arrives.
That, or you could make the switch to Android for a year...