Earlier this year, Apple held their quarterly earnings call where they announced that iPhone and Mac sales are on the rise, iPad sales are declining, and their "Other" category (a catch-all for their smaller hardware like Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPod) is declining as well. This year is the tenth year of iPhone so there will be a completely new iPhone, but Apple needs to turn things around for the iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Here's what's coming next for Apple this year:
The newest iPhone is expected to be released in September 2017. It will have an edge-to-edge OLED display with curved edges, a rear glass panel, and the Touch ID sensor built into the display. It may also have wireless charging, the more efficient A11 processor, advanced biometrics for unlocking, and advancements with 3D Touch.
Apple is planning to release three new iPads this year (either in Spring or Fall) with varying display sizes. A new 9.7" iPad will be offered as an entry-level tablet to replace the iPad mini line with minimal upgrades. There is a 10.5" iPad in the works that will have an edge-to-edge display without a Home button, similar to iPhone 8, and a 12.9" iPad with a much faster processor.
Apple is also working on a new Apple Watch slated for release in the Fall, a AR/VR headset, and a home speaker similar to Amazon Echo and Google Home.
New software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod (iOS 11) and Mac (macOS 10.13) will be announced in June.
If you have the iPhone 6s, you may be asking yourself if it is worth it to upgrade to the iPhone 7. The water resistant and headphone jack-less iPhone 7 with its stereo speakers and much better cameras. Is it worth it to trade in your 2015 phone for a 2016 phone? Not really.
Not really? That is correct and it may surprise since society advocates for the latest and greatest tech, but the iPhone 7 is so much like the iPhone 6s that it not worth the upgrade. The phones are basically the same. The only differences were presented above. The iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack (hope you do not lose your special adapter), it is water resistant, it has stereo speakers, and the front camera has been upgraded. They are so close in specs that their differences are minimal. The main difference between the two phones is the price. The iPhone 7 is $120 more than the iPhone 6s. Is the missing headphone jack, extra water resistance, stereo speakers, and front camera really worth $120? You could actually save money by trading in your iPhone 6s for another iPhone 6s since the price is lower than what you bought your phone at and the storage capacities have increased.
Plus, there is a new iPhone coming out in September. Why upgrade to the 2016 model when you can get the 2017 model in eight months?