In addition to the iPhone 8, Apple is rumored to announce the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus next month as a modest upgrade to last year’s iPhone 7. Apple’s S-cycle phones usually keep a similar design to the original, but according to a report from Casemecase.com, the iPhone 7S may be bigger than the 7 in all three dimensions — by mere tenths of a milimeter.
The iPhone 7S is said to be the cheaper alternative to the iPhone 8, which is also whispered to gain more premium features, like a nearly bezel-less front, OLED display and AR capabilities. If the iPhone 8’s premium features lead to a premium price and limited availability, the iPhone 7S would be Apple’s way to give buyers two price options.
This wouldn’t be the first time Apple nominally increased the size of the phone. But if might mean buyers will have to also pick up a new case if the old one is too snug to fit. Then again, most cases were still transferable when Apple made the iPhone 6S slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 at the time the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen was introduced.
Although we have yet to hear an exact date, Apple is expected to host its next iPhone event some time in September. We’ll get official details about the next batch of iPhones then.