In a note to clients — as noted by iMore — J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says Apple may skip skipping a theoretical "iPhone 7s" for an "iPhone 8” next year after releasing the “iPhone 7” in the second half of 2016.
“Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the ’S’ cycle next year and instead jump to IP8 [iPhone 8],” he opines. “The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously.”
What of the iPhone 7? Here are the most popular prognostications (followed by my thoughts):
- Ditch the headphone jack (almost certainly true);
- Tweak the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s, so that it will sit flush with the rear casing, enabled by a thinner camera module (almost certainly true);
- Sport a dual-lens rear camera (likely, but perhaps on an iPhone 7 Plus only);
- Ditch the 16GB model and add a 250GB model (almost certainly true);
- Add a USB-C port, like the 12-inch MacBook (nope, ain’t gonna happen).