iPhone 7 rumours: UK release date, specs, price, and design?

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The iPhone 7 is edging ever nearer and there are lots of iPhone 7 rumours flying around about Apple’s upcoming phone, which is surely only a month away from being officially unveiled.

Most recent news: There’s been a leak of the iPhone 7 mainboard – see below for more details, as well as a video featuring what look like iPhone 7 EarPods with Lightning connectors (these actually look real, unlike the last lot).

S2coupon is here to separate fact from fiction, with everything we definitely (maybe, possibly) know about the handset. Starting with the most certain, to something only J.K Rowling could dream up.

Key iPhone 7 details

  • September 9 pre-order, September 16 release date (possible September 5/6 announcement)
  • No headphone jack – leaked new iPhone 7 headphones below!
  • Similar metal unibody design, antennas moved
  • No 16GB option
  • Dark Blue, and darker ‘Black’ option
  • Screen improvement
  • It’ll have a slightly larger battery
  • How much will the UK iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 price be?

Now let us know what you think about the iPhone 7 in this quiz:

Before we get started, a few words about the new iPhone’s name. Tradition is that after the iPhone 6S, the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Of course, Apple could switch things up, some rumours suggesting the larger iPhone will now be called the iPhone 7 Pro, but we reckon it’s still likely to be the iPhone 7 Plus.

Maybe there will be three models, the iPhone 7 Mini, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro? The Pro is quite possible, given that Apple has tried to breathe new life into the iPad with the iPad Pro. Why can’t it do the same with a super high-end iPhone?

1. The iPhone 7 release date is September 16

This one’s a no-brainer. Every iPhone going back to the iPhone 5 was released in September, so it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the iPhone 7 should present itself in September (but it WILL make me look foolish if that’s not the case).

According to a ‘reliable source’, Apple may be bringing the iPhone 7 out earlier than previous years, but this was likely relating to the smaller, cheaper iPhone SE.

It’s now pretty much confirmed that the iPhone 7 will ready for pre-order on September 9, and then fully released on September 16 . Add it to your diaries folks!

2. The iPhone 7 price will be the same as the current 6S

The cost of a new iPhone generally follows the same convention every new model. If that’s the case this year, the iPhone 7 will cost around the same as the current iPhone 6S (and the iPhone 6S will get a £80/$100 price decrease).

Following that logic, the iPhone 7 would cost around £539/$649 for the cheapest option with the least memory. However, we don’t think there will be a 16GB model, so the range will start with a 32GB version. Read more on our predictions for the iPhone 7 price and deals

3. iPhone 7 will have iOS 10

Previous new iPhones have shipped with brand new versions of iOS, the iPhone 7 will come running iOS 10 (we’re currently on iOS 9.3).

We heard more about the new version of Apple’s mobile OS at Apple’s developer conference WWDC in June so check out our full feature rundown: iOS 10: the new Apple iPhone features set to slay Android come September

4. The rear case will be sleeker

Whereas the iPhone 6S looked a lot like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 7 should be sporting a new design. Exactly how different is difficult to imagine, however, as the iPhone 6 seems like peak Apple design.

Early rumours suggested Apple will ditch the camera bump and antenna lines. This will make the rear casing completely smooth and uninterrupted. That makes complete sense in our eyes.

But as we get closer to the launch, and more leaks around the phone design appear, it looks like the redesign won’t be too drastic at all. Take a look at this supposed image of the iPhone 7:

It certainly lacks imagination. The key difference here is that the antenna lines have moved. While this probably isn’t a real iPhone 7 out in the wild, it certainly mirrors most of the rumours and leaks coming from Cupertino.

Read about the iPhone 7 leaks

Elsewhere, it seems Apple could lose a few pounds thanks to a new slimmer LCD panel. What’s more, Apple is said to be shrinking some of the internal components to make more room for a larger battery.

Meanwhile, the leaks we’ve seen so far can’t agree on whether the iPhone 7 is going to be waterproof or not – some say yes, some say no. Sounds like this one could go either way at the moment.

Maybe it’s RIP for the iconic home button? A new supply chain link suggests the iPhone 7 will have a capacitive button which also has 3D Touch. This was first rumoured back in June 2015 when it was reported that Apple was developing a touchscreen with an integrated fingerprint sensor. Take this with a pinch of salt, though, there’s not much evidence out there yet.

It seems there will be some new colour options as well! Introducing the sexy new black and blue models:

While these are renders from Martin Hajek, we think they look great, and can’t decide which we prefer!

There’s also now this video of what is, apparently, a prototype:

5. The iPhone 7 screen will be sharper with no bezel

Most of Apple’s rivals have a QHD or 4K display whereas the iPhone 6S doesn’t even have a 1080p HD screen, so a bump in resolution for the iPhone 7 would make sense.

This rumour comes from a supply chain source speaking to DigiTimes, who suggests that Apple will make a jump back to glass-on-glass screens. This would allow a boost in resolution, and the ability to have a bezel-less display. iPhone 7 Edge, anyone?

That streamlined bezel could lead to Apple ditching the ‘clicky’ home button in favour of a haptic feedback touch button instead, which would give you the sensation of a click rather than an actual physical click. This is similar to Apple’sMacBook line of laptops – you think the trackpad physically moves when you click it, but it actually doesn’t – it just gives you the sensation that it doesn’t. This would result in fewer parts which could break, and take up less physical space. Sounds like a no-brainer to us.

6. Did someone say hexacore? and that the iPhone 7 battery will be bigger?

Every iPhone comes with a speed boost, and we can’t see that changing with the iPhone 7. There have been rumours on Weibo that the next iPhone will come packing the hexacore A10 chip (up from the dual-core processor in the 6S). Whether those turn out to be the exact details, who knows… But it will be faster than the current model, that’s for sure.

Another leak via Weibo (reported on MacRumours) in early August shows the iPhone 7’s main logic board. There’s nothing on the actual board to suggest the chip with be the A10, but logic dictates that the iPhone 7 will be powered by an Apple A10 chip alongside a M10 co-processor. As you can see there is a chip in between the SIM slot and the A10 in this picture and we don’t know what that is – this appears to be a departure from previous iPhone layouts.

We can also expect to see 2GB RAM. It appears the A10 chip will be manufacturerd by TSMC alone. Samsung made some of the previous A9 chips alongside TSMC.The A10 will use the same 16 nanometer production process as the A9.

Images of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus’s batteries have surfaced on Chinese social network Weibo. The codes on the cells indicate the iPhone 7 will have a 1735 mAh capacity, and the iPhone 7 Plus will have a 2810 mAh capacity. That’s up, very slightly, from the iPhone 6S which contains a 1715mAh battery, and the iPhone 6S Plus holds a 2750mAh battery.

While Apple is refreshing the internals, it seems they may get rid of that useless 16GB storage option from the range. This rumour comes from Chinese social media, and suggests that 32GB will be the new minimum.

It looks like the iPhone 7 will have aptX Bluetooth audio like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as well as the new Note 7.

7. There won’t be an iPhone 7 headphone jack

Some reports suggest the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest device Apple has ever made, and that involves ditching the bulky 3.5mm headphone jack.

Now, that means there are three options for listening to music:

1. You’d have to buy Bluetooth headphones, which would annoy a lot of people
2. Apple will include a pair of lightning connector headphones with the iPhone 7
3. Apple will include a lightning to 35mm adapter with the iPhone (pictured above)

Does Apple think the consumer is ready for the jump to Bluetooth or Lightning? It’s certainly a bold move, but the plus side is you might get a second speaker out of it for better audio.

Other rumours suggest Apple may opt to include a smaller, 2mm headphone jack, which Apple has a patent for – and which would then require you to use an adapter, or buy new headphones… which is even more of a pain.

The iPhone 7 could also go without a charging port! Logitech has just let slip that smart connector in place on the iPad Pro models usually used for keyboard cases, can also transfer power. Seems unlikely this will feature here, but there is one reason this could pop up. If there was no headphone jack, Apple would HAVE to include a lightning cable adapter in the box. But then users should have to occasionally choose between charging and listening to music. The would be a slightly over-complicated way to solve that problem.

Are these the new standard iPhone-bundled headphones?

Probably not. The ear buds and in-line remote look genuine, but the lightning connector looks as fake a Gucci handbag sold on the street for £20.

But these might be! Check out our main story on these iPhone 7 EarPods.

  • READ: iPhone 7 headphone jack – is it going? And does it matter?

8. You’ll be able to charge iPhone 7 wirelessly

Apple is apparently testing a prototype with wireless charging, a rumour that comes straight from Chinese social network Weibo.

But that’s not the only model Apple is testing. Other prototypes include multi-Force Touch, a fingerprint scanner in the screen, and USB-C connector. No one knows which of these will make it to the market… if any.

The wireless charging is certainly the most likely, even if it’s not true wireless charging like the S7 has. Logitech let slip there might be an iPhone model which includes a smart connector similar to the iPad Pro. This would allow charging through it, possibly.

9. Could iPhone 7 have a dual camera?

Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities believes the larger iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone 7 Pro) may have a dual camera setup. If there is one, it may just be on the iPhone 7 Plus rather than the standard iPhone 7. And while that’s just speculation, we can certainly see it happening.

Apple tends to keep camera components for a long time, so expect the same 12MP camera module carried over from the iPhone 6S.

It seems very likely that the camera will be improved in some way, so maybe optical image stabilisation will be standard across the range?

Leaks from the supply chain seem to back up that rumour that the iPhone 7 Pro will have a dual camera, and a sizable camera bump.

10. People will start queuing in July

This one’s a guess. In 2014, we saw a Japanese blogger start queuing in February for the iPhone 6, but anticipation for the 6S was somewhat less extreme.

Considering the iPhone 7 is a major update, people could get really excited… we’ll see. Care to hazard a guess?