iPhone 7: suppliers prepare dual-camera and speaker setups

22 Feb 2016    07:36 pm

Apple's chip suppliers have begun to book production capacity and plan their schedules in anticipation of beginning work on the iPhone 7, according to the latest reports.

The rumours were first reported in the DigiTimes, who say industry sources have confirmed to them that Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices are gearing themselves up for second and third-quarter increases in production. The phone is expected to go on sale in September.

According to MacRumors, the news is particularly interesting in the context of strong rumours indicating the iPhone 7 will come with no headphone jack.

A previous investment note by Barclays suggested that Cirrus Logic would manufacture a dual-speaker setup for the smartphone, making use of the space vacated by ditching the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

With the company being touted as a chip partner with Apple on the iPhone 7, it's easy to put the two together.

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The Analog Devices rumour also suggests that a third handset could go on sale when the phone is revealed. 

iPhone 7: Apple plans 'to introduce charging from 15ft'

It was rumoured last month that Apple was interested in adding groundbreaking wireless charging capabilities to its iPhone range, using technology that would enable the handset to be re-charged autonomously from a substantial distance.

Now, fresh reports hint the company could introduce it on their upcoming iPhone 7.

According to the New York Post, Apple has partnered up with tech firm Energous to use their WattUp wire-free charging system in future smartphones.

Energous's two-part technology allows "practically any type of device" to be charged wirelessly from distances of up to 15ft.

It uses a "tiny" chip - ideal for Apple, considering their design constraints – which receives power from a transmitter. It could mean phones able to be recharged while in user's pocket, so long as they were in range of the charging beacon.