As iPhone 7 Debut Approaches, Pressure-Sensitive Home Button Rumored
Other previous iPhone 7 rumors circulating in the last few months include a move to a thinner flush-mounted rear camera, replacing the protruding rear camera that is built into the existing iPhone 6 devices, and the removal of antenna bands that are now on the rear of today's iPhones, according to a February eWEEK story. Also rumored was a possible dual-lens rear camera on upscale iPhone 7 Plus devices. Bigger changes could come in 2017 when the iPhone is slated to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Apple needs a big hit with its next iPhones to generate demand again after it has two disappointing financial quarters, which saw iPhone sales level off and then drop. In July, the company's third-quarter revenue and net income fell for the second consecutive quarter; the iPhone maker reported $42.36 billion in revenue, down 15 percent from $49.6 billion a year earlier, and $7.8 billion in net income, a drop from $10.7 billion. Apple's year-over-year declines in revenue and net income for two straight quarters contrast with the company's prior string of 13 years of quarterly revenue reports without a decline, dating back to 2003. Bringing that streak to a halt was the company's 13 percent revenue decline to $50.6 billion in the second quarter ended in April from $58 billion the company posted a year prior.
Hitting the company's third-quarter revenue and net income hard were a 15 percent drop in global iPhone sales to 40.4 million units from 47.5 million in the third quarter of 2015.