Update: Fresh reports say the iPhone 7 will have a new color option, a larger camera lens, ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and be thinner – with 32GB the minimum storage choice.
Apple won’t release its next-generation iPhone until the fall of 2016, so there are still months of development ahead. For the current time, Apple’s flagship iPhones are the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, released to the public in September of 2015.
Though it will be several months before the new iPhone 7 launches, rumors about the device started trickling out in January of 2016. We’ve already gleaned many details about the upcoming iPhone, giving us plenty of information on what to expect when it debuts.
Since the 3GS launched in 2009, Apple has used an alternating “S” naming formula to mark years where the iPhone does not receive a major redesign, saving its numbered upgrades for years where design changes are introduced. Releases have been as follows:
2007 – iPhone
2008 – iPhone 3G
2009 – iPhone 3GS
2010 – iPhone 4 (new design)
2011 – iPhone 4s
2012 – iPhone 5 (new design)
2013 – iPhone 5s
2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)
2015 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
The next-generation iPhone is expected to be called the iPhone 7, but there have been some rumors suggesting Apple could drop its standard numbered naming convention, instead calling the 2016 iPhone the “iPhone Pro.” It is unclear at this point if those rumors are accurate.
You’re here for one thing: to find out what the new iPhone will be like, and whether it’s going to be worth buying. It’s going to be a big change this year, as the unleashing of a new number (rather than just an S variant) has always brought in big changes – and the iPhone 7 will be no different.
To some the iPhone 6S is underwhelming because it doesn’t bring anything amazing aside from fancy new 3D Touch technology. It’s just too similar to the iPhone 6, so the iPhone 7 needs to be exciting.
There’s a understandable yearning for sweeping iPhone 7 changes when it launches in a few weeks: think a whole new design, piles of power and a bunch of new features.
iPhone 7 release date
If we were betting folk, we’d bet the house on the fact the iPhone 7 will launch in September 2016. Apple sticks to a schedule and the last few iPhones have all been launched in the month of September.
Oh, there’s a possibility it could be earlier, as according to a ‘reliable source’ Apple might actually bring it to market earlier. Sadly, how much earlier is unclear and we hear this rumor every year. It never happens.
It will take a while to finish development and manufacturer of the phone, so we wouldn’t expect to see it before September. Autumn is exactly when iOS 10 is due. It just makes sense for September.
iPhone 7 cost
- Prices to remain static
- Smallest storage size to increase to 32GB for same cost
The iPhone cost rarely varies from year to year, and price rumors fromWeibo suggest just that.
That means the iPhone 7 price will be around US$649 (£539, AU$1079), but here’s the good news: for that money you’ll apparently get 32GB of storage rather than 16GB.
At the top end it will be more expensive than the US$849 / £699 / AU$1379 iPhone 6S 128GB, but you’ll apparently get 256GB of storage.
There’s some confusion over whether there will be a 64GB or 128GB ‘middle option': a leak from WeChat, spotted by BGR, agree on the prices for all three sizes, with the middle choice coming in at 6088 yuan, which is the same price as the mid-sized (64GB) iPhone 6S in China, around £619 / US$749 / AU$1229.
The sources can’t agree on is whether you’ll get 64GB of storage or 128GB for that money – 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options seem the most likely.
iPhone 7 design
While we were expecting big design changes for the iPhone 7, we’ve got bad news for Apple fans: it might be very similar outside of a few tweaks here and there.
We could get a new color option though, with rumors suggesting Apple will add a ‘Space Black’ shade to the mix, likely similar to the black Apple Watch option. That’s not been seen on an iPhone since 2012’s iPhone 5.
iPhone 7 OS and power
iPhone 7 is being groomed to launch alongside iOS 10, and it’s a tremendous feature upgrade over iOS 9.3. It’ll introduce a much smarter Siri that can command third-party apps, new Messaging functionality and an convenient Raise to Wake way of lighting up the phone.
It won’t stop with a software upgrade under the hood. iPhone 7 could be in for a huge performance boost, with whispers on Weibo that the phone will pack a hexa-core Apple A10 chip.
That’s a big leap from just a dual-core processor in the iPhone 6S. We’re skeptical that Apple would go for that much of a jump though, especially when the Snapdragon 820 chip at the heart of all top Android phones is only quad-core.
The iPhone 7 hasn’t launched yet, but we’re already hearing rumors about the iPhone that will be released in 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone. That device is said to feature some radical design changes, perhaps adopting a glass-backed body and an edge-to-edge OLED display with integrated Touch ID and no home button.
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