The new iOS 9.3 update includes code that points to two potential iPhone 7 features, including one that has many users buzzing about a major change to how you listen to music and watch movies on the iPhone.
Apple released the iOS 9.3 beta to developers and the public as part of a preview program this month and now that researchers have had time to explore the code there is information about two features. The code suggests Apple is really going to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and that the company may be working on including new connectivity features.
This is far from confirmed, especially considering that the iPhone 7 will likely launch with iOS 10, not with iOS 9.3.
At this point there is no confirmation of the iPhone 7, but multiple accessory makers we spoke to at CES 2016 are already planning for a new iPhone 7 with no headphone jack and increased reliance on the Lightning port.
A known jailbreak community member, @kyoufujibaya shared two discoveries from the iOS 9.3 beta 1.1. release that don’t help with a iOS 9.3 jailbreak, but do call attention to potential iPhone 7 features.
For months the iPhone 7 rumor mill focused on a potential change in design that would remove the 3.5mm headphone jack to allow for a thinner iPhone 7 design. Multiple sources talk about this change to the iPhone 7 which would push users to Bluetooth headphones or to Lightning connected headphones.
— チェイスフロム (@kyoufujibaya) January 19, 2016
The tweet above shows a check for headphones input, that the researcher says could be tied to a new iPhone. As 9to5Mac points out, this could also be related to checking to see if headphones are plugged in or if there is a microphone attached to the headphones.
In an earlier tweet the same researcher points to the a line of code that suggests Apple is exploring Li-Fi connectivity for the iPhone.
Li-Fi testing is already imminent. May appear in the next iPhone 7 according to iOS code in iOS 9.1 firmware. pic.twitter.com/MPK65QwLvp
— チェイスフロム (@kyoufujibaya) December 31, 2015
Although the developer mentions the iPhone 7, it is possible that Apple is simply testing this connectivity in the lab and it could be several generations before LiFi connectivity arrives in your home and on your iPhone. Li-Fi can deliver very fast download speeds, but it is not a WiFi replacement at this time.
The latest iPhone 7 rumors suggest Apple is working on a new iPhone for 2016 that will feature a new design, no headphone jack, run a new version of iOS and offer similar screen sizes to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Check out the iPhone 7 rumors that you need to know about in the slides below to get a good idea of what Apple is working on according to sources in the know.
Waterproof iPhone 7
Apple upgraded the iPhone 6s design to make it withstand water better than the iPhone 6, and there are several Apple patents focused on delivering an iPhone that survives in water, which gives us some hope for a waterproof iPhone 7.
With a new design Apple may be able to incorporate a water-resistant iPhone 7 design into a production model allowing users to not worry about using the iPhone near water.
If Apple is able to deliver this, it would likely come with caveats such as only providing protection for 30 minutes of submersion for 3-6 feet or less.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is water resistant, working in water including the ability to use the S Pen underwater as demonstrated in the video above.
A report from FastCompany claims that this is a feature Apple will provide with the iPhone 7 by coating the components of the iPhone 7 with a special chemical. We've heard rumors like this before and Apple pulled the feature, so while it is exciting, make sure you check before dropping your iPhone 7 into the water later this year.
The latest iPhone 7 rumors from earlier this year suggest Apple will not deliver a waterproof iPhone 7 this year. This back and forth mirrors what we see with many rumors and we may not know until the fall.