Update: We now have a supposed pre-order date for the iPhone 7, plus more hints that it will be waterproof and the phone has popped up next to the iPhone 7 Plus in a series of newly leaked photos.
Want to know the iPhone 7 release date or all the incoming features? You’ve come to the correct place. It’s going to be a big amend this year, as the iPhone 6S is underwhelming because it doesn’t bring anything amazing aside from fancy new 3D Touch technology.
But Apple always goes bigger on the non-S variants (think about the big jumps the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 brought) so we’re expecting big changes both in and out.
We’ve collected all the latest from around the web, sifted through the likelihood of each rumor and given you our expert take on what to expect from Apple’s launch – so read on to find the authoritative take on your possible next phone.
Want to know about the next-gen rivals? Well, check out our expert analysis on the new Samsung phones for 2017 – including the Galaxy S8 release date and all we know on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A rebooted iPhone, with new powers, features and design
- When is it out? Almost nailed on for September 2016
- What will it cost? Very likely the same as the iPhone 6S
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. Autumn is also exactly when iOS 10 is due. It just makes sense for September.
There’s now additional evidence pointing in that direction too, with reputable tipster @evleaks claiming that it will be launched during the week of September 12. He followed that up with more specific details – saying it will be obtainable for pre-order on Friday September 9 and land in stores on September 16.
That suggests the declaration will happen sometime on the week of September 5, so we shouldn’t have long to wait.
TechLinu’s take: Don’t book holiday in the first half of September if you want to see everything about the launch…
iPhone 7 cost
- Prices to remain standing
- Smallest storage size to increase to 32GB for same cost
The iPhone cost seldom varies from year to year, and price rumors from Weibo 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.
TechLinu’s take: A larger base storage option, but very little price rise as the iPhone is already at the top end of acceptable cost.
iPhone 7 design
- Water resistance
- Bezel-less metal body
- Redesigned antennas
- iPhone 7 OS and power
- A hexa-core processor
- 3GB of RAM
- iOS 10
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 suitable 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 vast 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 doubtful 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.
Up the RAM
Apple only just pushed the iPhone 6S up to 2GB, so we’re not expecting to see more RAM in the iPhone 7. That hasn’t stopped multiple rumors from indicating that the new phone will come with 3GB of RAM, but that’s said to be exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus to account for its alleged dual-camera image processing.
3GB of RAM is big jump in a short amount of time, even for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7, but then again, Android phones like the Asus Zenfone 3 and OnePlus 3 are launching with 6GB of RAM. For some reason…
TechLinu’s take: The iPhone 7 will have a stronger processor, but the most it’ll go up to is quad-core processing. The 2GB of RAM will remain as the iPhone 7 should be optimized well enough to only need that much.
iPhone 7 other features
- A pressure-sensitive home button
- Wireless charging
While the iPhone 7 is largely expected to look similar to the iPhone 6S it could be a very dissimilar beast on the inside.
According to CNBC, the Economic Daily News reported that the iPhone 7 will be “more complex” to manufacture than any previous iPhone, suggesting there could be a lot going on under the hood.