Every year ending in an even number calls for a major iPhone release and 2016 is no different. With 2015 bringing Apple fans the iPhone 6s, 2016 promises the launch of the new iPhone 7. Rumours have been circulating for a long time, with new colours, major storage upgrades and improved cameras all being predicted!
When is it coming out?
It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll be seeing the new iPhone 7 at Apple’s upcoming event on 7 September. Invitations have officially been sent out, and there’s almost no doubt that the event will be unveiling the brand new iPhone. Following in the footsteps of previous releases, we believe that customers will be able to watch this reveal live at 6pm UK time on Apple’s website.
After the big reveal, pre-orders are anticipated to begin two days after on 9 September. An official release date is still up in the air, but Evan Bass – a renowned phone leaker known for being extremely accurate – believes that customers will be able to get their hands on the new iPhone 7 on 16 September.
Will there be more than one model?
Ever since the release of the iPhone 6 Plus, rumours have been circulating about whether or not there will be an iPhone 7 Plus. With the release of the iPhone 6s Plus in September 2015, it seems highly likely that Apple will continue this trend for the iPhone 7 and release both models together.
Display and design
It appears that Apple is due to release a new iPhone with the same display sizes as those seen in the previous generation of iPhone 6 models. This means we’re looking at another 4.7-inch screen for the iPhone 7 and a 5.5-inch screen for the Plus model. Taking the similar screen sizes into consideration, the dimensions for the iPhone 7 are likely to be around 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches.
For the body, we’re also not expecting anything new. An aluminium unibody frame is predicted, but the available colours remain unclear. We expect gold, rose gold and silver to feature, but there is speculation surrounding space grey. Some sources believe that space grey will be replaced with a darker, almost black shade, whereas others think a five colour line-up is in store.
Another rumour circulating around the tech world concerns the headphone jack. With the possibility of the iPhone 7 being the thinnest iPhone ever, many people speculate that the headphone jack must be removed in order for this to be possible, potentially paving the way for wireless Bluetooth headphones or headphones that connect to the lightning port.
Let’s take a look at the specs
16GB phones are suspected to be phased out with the iPhone 7, with the lowest storage being 32GB and a larger 256GB in discussion. iOS 10 software is almost guaranteed to be installed and a chip called the A10 is suspected to be the new, powerful processor. An addition 1GB of RAM has been hinted at, increasing the total to 3GB from the iPhone 6S’s 2GB of RAM.
Camera-wise, a dual camera has been suggested to feature on one of Apple’s phones in 2016. This upgrade could mean iPhone photos now boast a similar image quality as DSLR photographs, a feature many other manufacturers have started introducing into their phones.
What will it cost?
It’s highly likely that the iPhone 7 will fall into a similar price range as the iPhone 6S which currently costs £539.
Nobody can be certain of what the iPhone 7 will feature, but with 7 September looking more and more likely to be the unveiling date we hopefully won’t have to wait very long to find out!