The iPhone 6S still hasn’t even been officially announced, yet we’re already hearing rumors that the iPhone 7 will be as thin as the iPod touch lineup. This speculation is thanks to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In one of his recent reports, he states that in 2016 ( a year from now), Apple could release the iPhone 7 with the thinness of an iPod touch. The current iPod touch is 6.1mm thin. Kuo suggests that Apple may be pushing to make the iPhone 7 between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thin. Right now, the iPhone 6 comes in at 6.9mm thin, and the iPhone 6 Plus is at 7.1 mm thin. The iPhone 6S is reportedly going to be about 7.1mm thin and the iPhone 6S Plus will be around 7.3mm thin.
So what does all this mean? Well, for starters, Apple is upping the thickness of the iPhone 6S this year, probably because they’re tired of replacing people’s bent iPhones. But there could also be yet another reason. Apple is sneaky, and this year if the iPhone 6S is 7.1mm, and next year they release the iPhone 7 at 6.1mm, they have a great selling point, that the iPhone 7 is “1 whole mm thinner than the previous generation!”. Clever right?
With all this in mind, it’s helpful to understand why so thin? Personally, we’d rather see improved battery life on our device rather than a razor thin iPhone. Thin does look good, though. Kuo believes the iPhone 7 will stick to the in-cell touch panel rather than opt for the glass-on-glass. With glass-on-glass, we would possibly see a bezel-free iPhone which would be sweet! But alas, Apple wants to have fewer production issues, and using glass-on-glass could slow production down considerably.
Here’s what we think Apple wants. Apple wants us to use our Apple Watch more and rely less on the iPhone. If people did this, they’d notice their iPhone battery not deplete as quickly. However Apple needs to understand that not everyone has an Apple Watch, nor does everyone want one.
So what do you think? Wouldn’t you rather a slightly thicker iPhone if it meant we didn’t have to carry around backup batteries all the time?