7 rumored features of the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

In 2016, Apple will treat us to the iPhone 7, the next chapter in its smartphone history. With the device being due out in September 2016, we are already beginning to hear the first round of rumors and speculation about the handset. 

That's rather normal considering that iPhones are usually the among the most popular devices on the market and are usually highly anticipated by... By just everyone, actually.

Well, although a lot of important tidbits of info will remain veiled in secrecy until Tim Cook unravels the next generation of the venerable iOS-powered smartphone(s), but we are certain the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come with a certain set of features that are a no-brainer: a speedier Apple A10 chipset, the 12MP iSight camera at the back, and others.

Here are a couple of features that are likely probably make the rounds in the next iPhone crop, some more than others.



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My question with the iPhone 7 plus is, will it be a full blown tablet, and not just a scaled-up smartphone. Split window picture and picture, and slide over, a dedicated stylus such as the apple pencil, & a full software suite to take advantage of it. The seven + needs to be more like to note 5, let's get it together Apple.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I only agree with split screen, a different software of iOS for the larger iPhone like the note 5, but the stylus is a no. I have never ever seen anyone pull out the their stylus on any Note phone. I myself didn't use it at all once when I had the Note 4. The 7plus should have more multitask options than the smaller iPhone.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I always use mine.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I use mine quite a bit, too. It's very useful.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One of the absolute killer features. I just feel Apple needs to bring it big with the 7 Plus. The Note has distanced itself from it, and everything else.

34. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I would like the option of a stylus but more in the like the apple pencil where it's an accessory because I chose the edge plus over the note because I never used the stylus

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I could even go for that. With the Note series, I love that the stylus is basically invisible until needed. The things it brings to the phone are awesome. I use it more and more, and just by playing around with it, I keep finding new uses, that are actually practical.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Agreed. The Note created it's distance with the very first model. No phone has really been close, even option that do come with a pen. They still don't do what the Note does.

38. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You're forgetting that just because someone never sees anyone use it, that automatically means no one does.

42. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wish iPhone 6s Plus would of been compatable with their pencil. Then some case makers would of make cases for the pen. My Note really came in handy a few times with the S pen. Didn't use it much but it's good to have when you do need it.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would say most people with a note, don't use the pen for things like navigating the device because even though you can; the fingers are faster. But when writing nothing comes close. Sometimes I use it to write my text messages. I've been using SNote religiously now. One thing I dislike about the previous models was the Action Memo pages were too short. So I'm glad it's full sized. The new screens hot that now allows you to get a full page that scrolls is the best and I am glad they finally did that. When I did reviews of the Galaxy devices, I brought that up all 3 times as to why it couldnt. If you aren't writing the stylish is basically useless. Some would say it's fair to say people won't use it until they need it. For most trying to get use to it or remembering it's there, just takes some time if you are new to.the device. Remember people have been using phones for years that didn't even have a stylus at all.

43. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Try ignoring your handwriting pads.. In forums like conference, school.. And you'll find out how handy s_note and stylus is... I Always use it for scribbling notes and I can't do without it...

29. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

There are some things you can not do without stylus and there are some things you can do better with stylus. For most of the things you might never use it but when you need it you need it.

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It just adds more of the power user abilities if it is there. I don't think Apple will add any of those note features because they are, at the moment, in cutting costs mode. They reluctantly added 1 gb of ram much less a stylus and multi window in the phones.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good point.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7614; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple needs to up the screen resolution on the new iPhone 7. Come one it will be 2016 when it will be released, and if Apple releases the same 1334x750 resolution display again, then there is NO excuse for it, especially when other companies and their devices have released devices roughly the same size as the current iPhone 6/6s, and they have higher resolution displays.

49. AlikMalix unregistered

Why, my 5s and 6s are sharp... there's no loss of detail - and i'm not confusing faces, images or icons... what is the freaken benefit to go beyond as sharp as a laser print? There's so much downside to high resolution like battery drain, cpu taxing, cost added to device... How much better smoother faster effecient would phones like samsung note 4/5 or galaxy lines be if it wasnt for this spec contest?

57. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What battery datmrin? The base S6 lasts longer than both iPhone and it's 1440p. Just because Apple chose to keep using back lite displays which eat through batteries, doesn't mean everyone else is dumb enough to do so. It's not the resolution that's the issue, it's the outdated LCD technology. AMOLED IS BETTER!!! Better accurate colors, less battery drain even at high resolutions and lower costs. Consider the fact the 1440p in the Galaxies costs less than apples 1080p.

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is no excuse for a 720/750 for any phone that is suppose to be a flagship, no matter the brand. It's OK for a midrange other lowered device. The iPhone is a midrange device perse, but since it is claimed to be a flash ahip, the 6S should be 1080p while the Plus should be something higher.

58. AlikMalix unregistered

Why? it will drain battery faster, slow down processor, but add absolutely no more benefit to the experience. 6s has a very sharp screen - you can read very fine text without issues, there's no detail loss, and games are sharp as well... what. is. the. point.? Just because android phones are fighting for the same turf with eachother by trying to out-spec beyond oblivion doesnt mean that it's something that MUST be done... Techie, there's really no reason to go beyond what's offered today... no reason...

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is a reason, the amount of money they are spending. It doesn't have to be a benefit as long as it costs the same and I can have similar battery life. I could spend $1500 on a 50" smart TV that's 1080, but if I can get a 4k one for the same price, which one you think I'm going to buy? I don't care if their are no 4k movies, I will record some with my phone. I don't need a Porsche to drive to work, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't buy one because it's overkill if I can get it for what I'm paying now.

45. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I've been using a stylus on phones for as long as i can rememeber even on phones that don't have them. I probably 60/40 use the stylus on my note 5.

47. AlikMalix unregistered

I would take a built in stylus like the note 4/5 than multi screen and slide over features from iPad. I see no benefit (or at least very little benefit) of split screen on anything below 6 or 7 inches - but I love the s-pen and its features. I have pens for iOS, but I don't like carrying it with me.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When my Note 2 first got the multi window update in 2012, I was hooked. I started using it every chance I got, and haven't looked back since. The Note 3 had it, where you could pull out multi window combos, that were preset. I loved that feature, sadly they moved away from it. For me multi window is a must, the iPads is nice, but needs work. I originally said I wouldn't buy the new iPhone without it, but caved and bought it anyway. Now I kinda regret it, and may sell it, buy another 6 plus, and pocket the change.

3. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Honestly, split screen on a phone is overrated. I have yet to use that feature on my Note 4. The resulting windows are so small that it's not very practical. Now, PIP, I would love that. I wouldn't mind a small video window at the bottom (or anywhere on the screen) as long as I can continue with other task. Not sure about stylus. To each their own. The only time I have used the stylus on Note 4 is when screen capturing a part of the display.

7. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

When I hate a note 5, I never used split screen. However, I can imagine it being useful for some. I use split screen on my iPad and it is fricking awesome, mainly because the extra screen real estate.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's extremely useful, and I've used it on both my Note 4 and my current Note 5.

24. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The note 4 has all of those features

35. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Was that reply meant to me? If so, then I HAVE a Note 4.

46. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Again it's subjective, i use split screen on my phone all the time. Mostly youtube + browser.

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