Techies are becoming so obsessed with the latest Apple products that they are taking measures into their own hands. In particular, they are looking to gain information and insight on what to expect concerning the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus before Apple officially announces its release.
Back at the end of August, the printed circuit boards for these models were leaked, giving techies a clear idea on how the phones will be set up. The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus aren’t that different from the current iPhone 7, and one of the only clues the circuit board plans are able to give is that the pair of phones will retain Touch ID and feature wireless charging.
Additionally, the 7s and 7s Plus pair will not have an edge to edge display. Only the iPhone 8 will have this capability because the Apple manufacturing plant in China doesn’t have the facilities to produce that many panels.
Despite these interesting features, the circuit board blueprints still give clues that the iPhones won’t have a headphone jack, something that was quite controversial when the first iPhone 7 was launched. In fact, one iPhone user missed his headphone jack so much that he built one into his own phone with scrap materials.
Scotty Allen, a software engineer based in Shenzen, China, has gained viral Internet fame in the past for building an iPhone 6 from the ground up using spare parts he found in typical electronic stores in China. Now, he is making headlines again for finding out that it is actually possible to add a headphone jack into an iPhone 7. But the process wasn’t all that simple: Allen had to take a headphone jack from an iPhone 6s, use the chips inside Apple’s Lightning headphone jack adapter, machine drill, make his own circuit boards, and solder.
While this may seem like bad news for the typical iPhone user, as it’s quite complicated, it can be good news for some different industries, especially the circuit board market. Considering that the global printed circuit board market is projected to reach an estimated $72.6 billion by 2022, it looks like there are endless opportunities when it comes to iPhones.
So Apple, where are the plans for the new iPhones? The techies are getting a bit restless.