iPhone 7 again said to be waterproof and feature wireless charging

By , Jan 7, 2016

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Apple’s next iPhone will likely feature a thinner, waterproof body and other significant changes, reports Fast Company. Citing a source with knowledge of the company’s plans, the outlet says the iPhone 7 will also feature wireless charging and special noise-canceling technology.

Additionally, Fast Company says the handset will ship without a 3.5mm headphone jack—something that has popped up in multiple iPhone 7 rumors. The move will allow Apple to make the device thinner, but will force users to switch to wireless or Lightning-enabled headphones.

Some media reports have suggested that Apple will include a set of Lightning-connected EarPod earphones in the box with the iPhone 7. It’s more likely, our source says, that Apple will sell a more expensive pair of noise-canceling, Lightning-connected, earphones or headphones separately—possibly under its Beats brand.

We’ve heard a lot of conflicting chatter on what audio accessory Apple could bundle with the iPhone 7 if it ends up shipping without a headphone jack. A recent report claimed it would offer wireless earbuds with the handset, and another calls for a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter.

Here are the details on the noise cancelling tech:

Apple is working with its longtime audio chip partner Cirrus Logic to adapt the audio chipset in the iPhone to work with the Lightning port, according to our source.

Our source adds that the audio system will also leverage a new noise-canceling technology from Wolfson Microelectronics—a U.K.-based audio tech company Cirrus acquired in 2014. The software will be baked into the phone and also into the headphones that will plug into it, and will help remove background noise in music playback and in phone calls, our source says.

Note that we are still several months away from iPhone 7 production, and the Fast Company author has a mixed track record in Apple intel, so take the above details with the usual pinch of salt. That being said, nothing laid out here seems far-fetched or beyond the realm of possibility.

Source: Fast Company

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  • Collin

    I still want a android, but I think this next iPhone will look insane!

    • lou111

      Want Android on iPhone?
      This is like go to the brothel to talk about football

      • therealjjohnson

        I think you misunderstood his statement.

      • lou111

        Maybe you’re right, probably my bad 🙂

      • lookHOWMADheis


    • tariq

      Get xperia z3! Best waterproof phone i had!(: (till my brother broke it lol)

  • Cristian B

    Wireless charging?? Oh god, I can already see the Samsung commercials…

    • askep3

      Ikr, and it’s not even as if wireless charging is something exclusive they have, they just use QI.

      Same problem as screen size, you can’t copy anyone by increasing the size of your screen XD

      • Cristian B

        That’s exactly what they said when the iPhone 6 came out, as if the larger phone screen belonged to them.

      • askep3

        Thank you finally that’s exactly what I’m trying to say!!! Shamesung acts as if Apple increased their screen size because of them, no shamesung, you aren’t that cool, you may be apples top competitor but there are other android phones.

  • A’s Network

    I can imagine the next iPhone being waterproof considering the 6s has survived so many water tests without issues thanks to the rubber gasket below the LCD assembly.

  • Morgan Freeman

    The iPhone’s smart circuitry will actually disable the phone if it senses water, saving the phone from costly repairs. A breakthrough in wireless charging technology will actually allow the the iPhone to be charged via micro waves, most commonly found in the aptly named microwave oven, something most homes have already. No need to purchase a separate charging device! Win-win!

    • George

      I heard ios 10 will let you make your phone faster if microwaved for 30 seconds.

    • Antzboogie

      Is this even safe for humans?

      • Morgan Freeman

        Absolutely safe!!

  • rockdude094

    Let me guess.. wireless charger sold separately

    • TechnoBuff

      Assuming these are all rumors which usually ends up being true most of the times with Apple.
      Wireless charger will be sold separately but i believe there will be an option to charge by the good old lightning dock.

      • Manuel Molina

        Apple’s going to give people a feature but must buy things to use it? They must really be doing horrible in accessory attachments in their Apple stores that they believe they need to change focus on making all these extra tack-on add-ins.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        uhh wireless chargers don’t come with samsung phones either….

      • Manuel Molina

        Believe it or not, some carriers do provide you the wireless charger. Whether that’s Samsung or not isn’t known.

      • Morgan Freeman

        My first wireless charging capable device, the Palm Pre, did not come with the charger or the required battery cover. I had to purchase those things separately. Just the way it is sometimes, my friend.

    • Rowan09

      Samsungs charges so I would assume Apple might as well. If its wireless charging like the Apple Watch not really a fan of it on a 5.5 inch device.

    • tariq

      Only like another 800$ or so

    • Benedict

      Those are not too expensive anymore. Got one for 17€.

  • Tommy

    not liking this so far…so much of the public uses the headphone jack religiously

  • Javiers

    Wireless charging? Am I the only one that thinks that in a way is useless?

    • Eli Montoya

      I’m always using my phone. Even when I’m not using it. I also never leave it charging overnight either. I probably wouldn’t use this feature.

      • Javiers

        Exactly! By “wireless charging” do they just mean not connect the lighting cable? Because either way you still have to leave on the base and you pick it up, it’ll stop charging.

      • Guilherme 

        That’s exactly what I think about wireless charging.

      • Lance Baker

        My thoughts as well. I’m not so lazy that I can’t plug in a cable. AND I can use my phone while it’s plugged in and charging.

      • Morgan Freeman

        You use your phone even when you aren’t using it? How’s that? Also, why don’t you leave it charging overnight? Sounds to me like you’re one of those people who always has a dead, or near dead, battery. Safe to assume your car is always out of gas, as well. Not a good place to be, comrade.

    • Anonymous

      I read a post on idb about a year ago that starbucks was going to install wireless chargers at there tabels. Here just one use case scenario where wireless charging would ve usefull. Plus galxey users (depending on the hardware use) benifit also. Its where texh’s going and i think its cool.

    • Newgunnerr

      Ikr! I just want to use my phone while charging…

      • Vince Reedy

        I’m sure this will be an additional feature to charge your phone with. Certainly it will not be the only way to charge. I hope…

    • Matt

      I think it’s something nice to have. I personally would much rather put my phone on my bedside table and have it charge rather than having to pick up the chord from the floor and plug it in. Granted it only saves a few seconds worth of work, but Wireless Charging has always been something that I’ve craved.

  • Rowan09

    I hope by wireless charging it actually means “wireless” charging.

    • tariq

      Whats “wireless?” U mean like walk just walk around the house and phone charges? Cuz that technology isnt going to comeout anytime soon

      • Rowan09

        They actually have it already it’s called inductive charging, but it’s not used in any tech I know. It’s was showcase years ago, I believe in the 90s with a TV unit. Of course you would need to plug your iPhone 5V charging into an outlet, but the other portion would be already included in the iPhone. The only thing is range would be an issue for how strong the magnetic field would be.

      • tariq

        Watched a video, its pretty cool technoly but i doubt we’ll see inductive charging soon. (If thats what u meant by “wireless”)

      • Rowan09

        Yeah that’s what I meant, even if they had a wireless dongle plugged into the Lightning port while the base is plugged into an outlet would be great.

      • The Guy

        There are actually quite a few companies that have truly wireless charging(through the air), no silly charging pads. WhattUp and Cota are a couple I know of, you can see the video of WhattUP charging an iPhone that has a case for it to charge on Youtube.

  • Trevor Salmon

    I think the waterproof will happen. I have a friend that works at the company that supplies Apple their store display tables and Apple has asked them to start making them Waterproof. I imagine they will have some type of water feature on the tables showing how waterproof the iPhone’s really are. The wood on the current tables will will bubble up if they get too wet.

    • Kree Terry

      Yea, mine friend works for the company that supplies the store toilets and they have started integrating iPhone droppers into the toilets so customers can see probable accidents in person.

      • cd d

        you smartass ….. lmao 🙂

  • Fardeen Beharry

    i just want fast charging like android phones, i want to charge my phone in 30 mins!

    • Rowan09

      I’ve owned the 6 edge and 6 active and see nothing fast about the charging and I compared the 2 with my iPhone. What Apple needs to do is get rid of that stupid 5V charging and include the iPad charger instead and that would solve the issue significantly since that is what I do.

    • burge

      You are aware that the quicker you charge a battery the quicker it drains. If you slow charge it will last longer. Yep we want that. Your device won’t last a day one one charge.

  • Manuel Molina

    If this iPhone takes the jack out and doesn’t give me wireless headphones, I and others will be pretty pissy. I know some carriers and devices don’t provide headphones at all, but if you’re going to make your device a dud without plain headphones, I ain’t buying. I love my music that much.

    • Rowan09

      They will be giving you, if not wireless, a lightning connected headphone.

      • Manuel Molina

        If they do, that’s still a downgrade. Can’t charge my iPhone while hearing music. That’s what first sold the iPhone and iPod.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I’m assuming they will give you wireless headphones.

      • Manuel Molina

        Going over the last article I read off iDB, wireless headphones with a charger case makes up for a lot.

  • AppleRelatedNewsiDBSkips

    In other news, Samsung decided to copy apple’s innovate bendgate in a “new” line of devices:

    https://youtube. com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ

  • Tom

    without expandable storage it still sucks

    • Rowan09

      Because you don’t want to buy/use cloud storage? Expandable memory been outdated can’t even believe this is still an argument. I own the fire tv 1st gen and 2nd gen. My biggest gripe with it was 5GB of usable space. On gen 2 they took your idea and just added a SD slot, man that was such a patch job because the problem still exists. If you even try to run full games or apps from the SD slot, it’s slow as a snail and I have a high performance SD card as well. You also can’t put a full game on the sd card just parts of the game, etc. My point is there’s so many options now even Bluetooth hard drives. The problem with Samsung taking away the sd slot on the S6 is big because they have too much bloat ware from the carriers and Samsung themselves on the phone.

  • Michael Bemelmans

    I would rather have fast charging instead of wireless charging.

  • @sexyhamthing

    Apple is gonna invent wireless charging in 2016

  • >>software will be baked into the phone

    Since when did will . i . am’s lingo go mainstream??

    • Dheevara Uthsara

      Pakistani, why did you demean me?

  • justme

    and it will come with the new iOS X 😉

  • jay

    is the latest iPhone 6s not almost waterproof? i think if the take off the headphone jack why not?

  • Matt

    I’m currently thinking of switching to Android. The 6s is nice, but honestly, I am growing tired of iOS. Yes, I could jailbreak it, but there is no jailbreak for iOS 9. So now I’ll have to see what iOS 10 has to offer. If it’s still the same thing, but slightly recycled, then I’m going to go with either the Xperia Z5 or the Nexus 6P
    Also since I’m still not a fan of the iPhone 6/6s lazy design, I guess switching seems more compelling.
    Lastly, if the next iPhone won’t have a headphone jack, then so long Apple! lol.

  • Matt

    Lol, most flagship android phones outperform the iPhone 6s when it comes to battery life. Also, the battery life on the 6s is terrible.

  • M_Hawke

    No headphone jack dovetails into the story about Apple developing a wireless headset.