From what we can tell in the leaked photos and rumors, the upcoming iPhone 7 won’t be too different from its predecessor, at least not on the surface. In fact under the hood, apart from the usual processor upgrade, we haven’t really heard of any potentially new features that Apple could be adding to the device, save for the dual camera setup and removal of the headphone port.
However it seems that whatever changes Apple is making, it will result in a more complex build than before. According to reports, it seems that Apple’s suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron have both reportedly gone on a hiring spree to help prepare them to start assembling a “more complex” build of the iPhone 7, or at least more complex than before.
Apparently it is complex enough where Foxconn and Pegatron have hired a month earlier than they have in previous releases. As we have seen over the years, each generation of iPhones presents it own set of manufacturing challenges, so this shouldn’t really be a surprise. However like we said, the rumors have hinted that the iPhone 7 might not be as big an upgrade as we think, so we have to wonder where exactly these challenges lie.
If anything, we would expect next year’s iPhone to be the real challenger. According to the rumors, the iPhone 8 in 2017 is expected to be a drastic change in design and features. It has been hinted that we could be looking at wireless charging (finally) along with an all glass enclosure with an edgeless display and no home button.