We’re still a couple of days away from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus announcement that we are expecting to fill at least part of the September 9th event, but that hasn’t stopped some people getting ahead of themselves with predictions for what the iPhone 7 will look like when it arrives a whole 12 months from now. The latest to get their crystal ball out is KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a new report just out, Kuo says that Apple’s next-but-one big iPhone release in 2016 could see the smartphone’s thickness reduced yet further, with Apple managing to squeeze iPhone internals into a chassis that is more akin to that we have come to expect from the iPod touch than a phone.

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Kuo speculates that the iPhone 7 could get as thin as 6.0mm to 6.5mm, which is darn close to the current iPod touch’s 6.1mm. By comparison, the current iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus adds a little girth, weighint in at 7.1mm. Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s is expected to be 7.1mm thick while iPhone 6s Plus is expected to be 7.3mm thick.

Based on the new thickness, or thinness expectations for the iPhone 7, Kuo believes that Apple will stick with its current in-cell touch panels, resisting the temptation to switch to glass-on-glass panels. That should ensure fewer potential bottlenecks in production, something Apple has suffered with of late, especially with iPhone launches.

If Apple is indeed going to keep making its new iPhones thinner and thinner then it’s clear it is unlikely to squeeze larger batteries into the iPhone, instead prefering to use the reduction in component sizes to enable thinner devices overall. While many of us would likely rather Apple use that space to increase the size of the batteries built into iPhones, someone inside Apple apparently disagrees.

It doesn’t sound like 2016 will be the year we can stop carrying around rechargeable battery packs, does it?


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