It’s the same cycle. A new iPhone comes out and then months later whispers of what the new one will look like take the form of rumours, leaked photos, parts from faraway factories and now, concept art. TechRadar have knocked up the most recent concept, imagining what could be the future iPhone 7...
You’ll notice straight away that there’s no home button – a staple since the phone’s inception. With reports that Apple have managed to make the fingerprint reader usable under the screen rather than in a separate button, it’s likely they’d get rid of it all together and use a touch-sensitive panel.
This makes room for a slightly larger screen, with a resolution of 1080p realistically achievable now there's more space for it.
The touch-sensitivity extends to the volume buttons, with them being thrown out entirely for a smooth edge. You’ll slide a finger up or down to raise or lower the volume rather than search for buttons.
They’ve also crammed stereo speakers in the sides, so watching videos or TV shows in landscape mode will provide “brilliant, bass-filled sound”.
There’s no headphone jack, with all audio expected to be routed through the lightning USB port or over Bluetooth. Apple ditched CD drives, and then all other ports, on their laptops. So, never say never.
Don’t panic, though: this is an idea for what could happen in 2016, rather than at the end of this year. Surely, there'll be an iPhone 6S first?
What we’re really hoping for is a slightly thicker phone. Sure, a thinner phone seems great, but when the camera protrudes from the back, you wonder if they could have just filled the phone with more battery instead.
Expect to see a very same-y looking new iPhone in September, and don’t expect to see something like this until the year after.