You want to hold off on getting the new iPhone. According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, the 2016 iPhone will not see any major changes. In fact, this year’s iPhone’s will more closely resemble the iPhone 6 and 6S Plus. By closely resemble we mean that they’re practically identical. The screen sizes will remain unchanged at 4.7 and 5.5 inches. There will be a few subtle changes. The only changes that can be considered even remotely major are that the 2016 iPhone will not have a headphone jack and will have improved water resistance. That’s it.

The iPhone 6S and IPhone 6S Plus
The 2016 iPhone is expected to be identical to it’s predecessor (Image credits: The Verge)

After a lackluster WWDC, Apple’s marketing for the new iPhone is clearly not off to a good start. However, this seems to be only temporary. The report goes on to state that the iPhone with biggest design changes will be coming in 2017. This 2017 model is rumored to feature a curved, edge-to-edge OLED screen and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the display replacing the home button. With this decision, Apple is moving away from its regular cycle of updating the iPhone every two years.

The iPhone will celebrate it's 10 anniversary in 2017 (Image credits: NBC)
The iPhone will be 10 years old in 2017 (Image credits: NBC)

But why would Apple take such a decision? There’s no official answer to that question yet. However, it is interesting to note that the iPhone’s 10th anniversary will be in 2017. So it wouldn’t be impossible that Apple wants to celebrate this milestone with a major revamp that’ll blow everyone’s minds. Could this also be the reason as to why iOS 10 didn’t bring anything we hadn’t already seen on Android? We may never know. At least until 2017.

All we know at the moment is that Apple will be releasing an iPhone towards the end of 2016. It’s going to be almost identical to its predecessors. Come September and Apple is likely to unveil it to the world. And despite the phone being almost identical to its predecessor, Apple is likely to sell many of them during the holiday season. However, it doesn’t change the fact that if you are looking for a new phone this year, there are better options out there.

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