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Five things we want in the iPhone 7

The next iPhone could learn a thing or two from its competitors.

Christopher Parwani
Christopher Parwani

Published: 19 May 2016, 12:00 PM

On May 9, leaked photos of what seems to be the unreleased iPhone 7 circulated around the web after an anonymous user submitted a photo to MacRumors.

THE CAMERA LENS IS NO LONGER PROTRUDING OUT OF THE CASE AND THE ANTENNA BANDS ARE NON EXISTENT GIVING THE PHONE A MUCH CLEANER LOOK. PHOTO CREDIT: MACRUMOURS.COM

 

It’s only a matter of time before the long awaited iPhone 7 is announced. But before its official unveiling, we list down five features that we want in the next iPhone that could bring it back up as top dog of the smartphone arena.

1. Larger battery

Yes, it’s about time Apple fixes the battery life of their phones. After all, the cry for larger batteries has echoed throughout the years since the inception of smartphones.

While it’s hard to find a balance between functionality and battery life, companies have shown an improvement in their phones which could mean us soon ditching those heavy portable chargers.

THE INNOS D6000 COMES WITH AN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL BATTERY THAT PROMISES TO LAST THROUGH THREE TO FIVE DAYS OF HEAVY USAGE. PHOTO CREDIT: BGR.COM

 

Currently, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus packs a 1810 mAh and 2915 mAh battery respectively while the Samsung S7 has a whopping 3000 mAh battery. Clearly, Apple needs to charge up.

2. Crack-resistant screen

Without a doubt, the retina displays are beautiful to look at. But with its superb quality also comes a very fragile glass that many of us have spent over a hundred dollars to replace.

To keep our phones (and hearts) from shattering, Apple should include “ShatterShield” technology in the next generation of iPhones. Seen in the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, tech reviewers have had a hard time trying to even scratch the seemingly immortal device. It’s good feature to have not just a good looking but durable device.

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3. Bezel free screens

In addition to a tough screen, we’d also want something stylish and sexy in your hands. Having your phone with minimum bezel (the metal trim that outlines the phone) means the edges are at its thinnest, or non-existent at all.

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE HAS A CURVED SCREEN THAT MINIMALISES THE BEZEL. PHOTO CREDIT: SAMSUNG.COM

 

Such designs are aesthetically appealing and give that futuristic look, like Samsung’s S7 Edge that has its screen bleed to the sides. It’s definitely the design change Apple has been looking for.

4. Waterproofing

How often your phone gets wet differs from person to person, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Apple’s adversary, Samsung, has built this feature into their S7s and it is deemed as a worthy investment.

This isn’t just a durability upgrade. With its already astounding camera, you might be able to take great shots underwater. It’s a cool feature to have and will save you the heartache if you ever drop it in the toilet bowl.

THE SONY XPERIA ZR IS IP58 CERTIFIED WHICH MAKES IT WATER RESISTANT OVER 1.5 METERS. PHOTO CREDIT: TECHPANDA.COM

 

5. Wireless charging

Not many phones in the market have this. However, the idea that you could replace the easily broken iPhone cables and messy wires on your desk with just a charging pad is a neat feature.

While Samsung has already tried this, the charging time is slow and requires consumers to buy another charging pad for a faster wireless charging experience. This is something that Apple could improve on: out-of-the-box wireless charging without compromising charging time.

THE GALAXY S6 WAS RELEASED IN EARLY 2015 AND WAS ALREADY PACKED WITH WIRELESS CHARGING. PHOTO CREDIT: SAMSUNG.COM

 

While we can be certain the next iPhone will come with faster processors, cameras, an upgrade in its software and more, these five features might change up the way we see Apple’s phones. One can only hope as we await the unveiling of the iPhone 7 later this year.


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