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WSJ: Next iPhone won’t have major changes

Daisuke Wakabayashi and Eva Dou in the Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. plans to break with its recent pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years and make only subtle changes in the models it will release this fall, according to people familiar with the matter….

The biggest planned change in this year’s phones is the removal of the headphone plug, which will make the phone thinner and improve its water resistance… Apple plans bigger design changes for 2017, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.

I’m skeptical about any claims that a new iPhone model will only offer “subtle changes”—Apple usually makes major under-the-surface changes in years where the external design of the phone doesn’t change much.

That said, “The same as the last two years, but this time with no headphone jack!” is a pretty brutal summary.