IT MAY STILL be weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill churning out speculation about Apple’s next-generation iPhone, set to arrive as the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 6S
Here, we round up everything we know about the so-called iPhone 7 so-far, including specs, price and release date. Keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it with every new detail, feature and rumour that comes our way.
A legit-looking report out of BuzzFeed, which has heard from “sources familiar with Apple’s plans”, claims that the firm will launch the next iPhone at an event on 9 September.
Judging by Apple’s usual timings, this means that the next iPhone will go on sale in the following week on 18 September. This date has been backed by a report out of Germany, which claims two carriers are already primed to start selling the next iPhone on 18 September.
However, according to a leaked Vodafone memo, the iPhone 7 will go on sale on 25 September.
Apple is seemingly expecting the iPhone 7 to break sales records. The Wall Street Journal that the firm has asked suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by 31 December.
Unsurprisingly, there are no details regarding the cost of the iPhone 7 yet, but it likely will be priced similarly to last year’s iPhone 6. Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, the smartphone costs £539, £619 and £699 respectively.
If Apple reveals a larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 6S Plus, handset, expect this to be more expensive at £619, £699 and £789.
There is speculation however that Apple will ditch the low-capacity 16GB model, releasing the next iPhone in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions instead.
Rumours and specs
Speculation suggests, as does Apple’s typical two-year upgrade cycle, that the iPhone 7 – or iPhone 6S – won’t look much different to its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus predecessors.
However, one rumour out of Yahoo News claims the firm might have something more radical than usual planned, claiming: “Apple has a few tricks up its sleeve for 2016.”
9to5Mac seems to have killed these rumours, having obtained the first pictures of the so-called iPhone 6S (below).
These pictures, if legit, show that the iPhone 7 (or 6S) will feature the same design as its predecessor. The report notes that it will be the same size and will feature the same connectors and antenna lines, although adds that it will come with a tweaked internal mounting structure. There is talk that the next iPhone will be tougher than its predecessor, however.
While the iPhone 7 unlikely will hold many surprises when it comes to design, it reportedly will be much tougher than last year’s model, meaning it won’t the same ‘bendgate’ issue.
That’s according to YouTube user Lewis Hilsenteger, who claims to have got his hands on the toughened casing (below). He claims that due to the casing’s apparent reworked dimensions, Apple should avoid another bendgate fiasco this year.
The iPhone 7 is expected to retain the same LTPS-based LCD panel for the handset’s display, despite venturing into OLED screens for the Apple Watch (and the Apple Watch 2, according to rumours).
Rumours suggest that Apple might opt for a scratch-proof sapphire display in the next-generation iPhone, such as that found on its smartwatch. Production problems reportedly prevented the iPhone 6 launching with a sapphire screen, but speculation claims that Apple has teamed with Foxconn to get the tough displays ready in time.