Ambient and proximity sensors to be changed on the Apple iPhone 7; larger camera module incoming?
What has been interesting about the current 'rumor season' for the next iPhone models is that almost every rumor has been leaked, refuted, and leaked again. For example, we have gone back and forth with the rumor that the 3.5mm earphone jack is being removed on the 2016 iPhones. The same thing has happened with the talk of a dual camera setup for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. One second there is talk of such a feature, and the next moment another rumor says that 'technical difficulties' are making it impossible to include on this year's phones. A day later, speculation about a dual camera setup has returned.
The latest rumors from Japan say that the earpiece cutout that you find above the screen on the iPhone, will be slightly longer than usual on the iPhone 7. A change is also coming to the ambient light sensor, which is being relocated from the left side of the top bezel to the right, according to the gossip. And the proximity sensor, which measures how far the phone is being held to your head during a phone call, will now be made up of two different sensors instead of just one. If true, iPhone users are going to have to shell out for new screen protectors and cases if they purchase the new models.
Other rumors from the same source say that the iPhone 7 will feature a larger camera module, which is something that we have seen in leaked schematics and in other images that have surfaced. And the new report also 'confirms' once again, the dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The bottom line is that we expect Apple to hold off on a major redesign of its iconic smartphone until next year's tenth-anniversary model. The 2017 iPhone could fulfill a dream of Jony Ive and feature an edge-to-edge screen with Touch ID, the front-facing camera, the speaker and the power button all placed under the display. But first, we need to get this year's launch done.
source: MacOtakara (translated) via AppleInsider