iPhone 7 release date, price and rumours

APPLE MAY have released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just a few months ago, but that hasn't stopped speculation starting to fly about the firm's next smartphone - the iPhone 7.
Here, we round up everything we know about the iPhone 7's availability, including pricing and release date details. Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it with every new detail, feature and rumour that comes our way.

Release date

There's unsurprisingly no official word yet as to when Apple will unveil the iPhone 7, but the recent history of iPhone launches suggests that the device will appear at a special event in September.
Following this, if Apple sticks to tradition, the iPhone 7 will arrive on the shelves later that month.


Again unsurprisingly there's no details regarding the cost of the iPhone 7 yet, but it's likely to be priced similarly to last year's iPhone 6. Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, the smartphone is priced at £539, £619 and £699 respectively.
If Apple reveals a larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus handset, expect this to be more expensive at £619, £699 and £789.


Speculation suggests, as does Apple's typical two-year cycle, that the iPhone 7 won't look much different to its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus predecessors.
The smartphone is expected to feature the same sculpted aluminium body, and to be available in the same white, space grey and gold colour options.
While the design is unlikely to change much, rumours suggest that Apple might opt for a scratch-proof sapphire display in the next-generation iPhone.
Production issues 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 on time.
In terms of screen size, there's talk that Apple will release multiple variations of the iPhone next year, one with a 4.7in screen and the other with a 5.5in screen. Some rumours claim that Apple will also release a smaller 4in model in 2015, but we'd take this with a pinch of salt.
According to rumours, Samsung has fought off rivals including TSMC to provide the main chip for the next iPhone. Sources in the semiconductor industry claim that Samsung will supply the A9 application processor for the iPhone 7.
This will be paired with 2GB RAM, according to a report from Technews.tw, the same amount as found inside the iPad Air.
In terms of storage, the iPhone 7 is likely to be available in the same 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variations as its predecessor.
It's been reported by Daring Fireball's John Gruber that the next iPhone will have "the biggest camera jump ever", featuring a two-lens system which apparently brings it up to DSLR quality. He suggested that Apple might opt for Sony's new 21MP image sensor, the Exmoor RS.
Beyond that, we don't know much about the iPhone 7 yet, although some are speculating that it might be the first iPhone to launch with wireless charging. 
Source: The Inquirer

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