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The next iPhone, which sources in China think could be marketed as ‘iPhone 6SE’ to reflect its iterative nature, may ship with a Lightning-to-audio dongle and still end up selling better than the current-generation iPhone 6s, which hasn’t quite lived up to Apple’s internal expectations.

That’s according to a Deutsche Bank research note issued to clients last week, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider. The investment bankers also shared their predictions for the next iPhone’s features, based on their supply checks.

“A year-over-year production decline does not necessarily imply a year-over-year sales decline for iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s,” reads the note. “Apple seldom repeats a mistake, so we believe it will manage iPhone 7 production volumes conservatively.”

That’s assuming the next iPhone brings enough new features and enhancements to the table to encourage existing iPhone owners to upgrade.

According to Deutsche Bank, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will have an improved camera with optical image stabilization, a feature previously found only on the flagship 5.5-inch model. Speaking of which, the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-camera for better zoom and 3GB of RAM, reads the note.

Other things mentioned in the research note include enhances sound (possibly stereo sound), “professional class water-proofing”, a Home button that uses haptic feedback to simulate a click, a brand new color option, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and, most interestingly, a Lightning-to-audio dongle in the iPhone 7 box which would indicate that Lightning-enabled EarPods could be sold separately.

Source: Business Insider

  • Jamessmooth

    I bet it will ship with a dongle too. Seems reasonable to do for the first iPhone to ship with no headphone jack…

    • 9to5Slavery

      The dongle looks ugly… And heavy along with Apple earbuds.

  • Andrew Root

    The question then becomes, the headphones that come with the phone, are they wireless? Or go ancient with the cord? Or a mix between the two (when the cord is plugged in, it charges them?)? Now that they own Beats, maybe they change the way they get charged up, taking battery for phone (similar to Apple Pencil).