The iPhone 7 is expected to be revealed in early September and there’s been a huge increase in hype surrounding the next generation smartphone.
Apple could reveal the new iPhone in less than two months.
The tech giant usually reveals its next smartphone in early September so it can see out the end of the year on a high.
This year it will almost certainly be the iPhone 7 that’s revealed and the online rumour mill is going into overdrive ahead of the announcement.
Along with comments and predictions from industry analysts and the specialised tech media, there have been several supposed leaked images.
Many show the casing or materials that are believed to be in the new smartphone.
We’ve gathered together all the latest news surrounding the phone into one place and will continue to update this as we learn more. For previous Apple models, here are the best iPhone deals this week.
This latest picture appears to give us our clearest view yet of what the iPhone 7 will look like.
Emerging on Chinese social media, it shows a device that’s very similar to the current iPhone 6s , albeit with a couple of small changes.
Firstly, the camera lens is clearly bigger – which holds true to rumours the tech giant is improving the on-board snapper.
Secondly, the lines across the back have been removed as the antenna appears to have been moved to the corners of the device.
Sadly, it’s impossible to see from the picture whether or not the headphone jack has remained in place. Its removal has been the biggest rumour surrounding the new phone and plenty of Apple fans aren’t happy with the idea of losing it.
Taking Apple’s release date history into account, it’s likely we’ll see the iPhone 7 officially revealed in September 2016.
Both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6 were revealed in September and Apple has no reason to change its strategy.
There’s also nothing wrong with taking advantage of Black Friday sales and the run up to Christmas.
If we had to be specific, we would estimate the announcement date for the iPhone 7 being on a Wednesday or a Thursday in either the first or second week of September
The iPhone 6s announcement was held on September 9, 2015 and Apple could plan a repeat performance.
It’s unlikely that Apple’s main iPhone 7 will be any easier on the wallet than past variants.
But its launch could see Apple finally change the thing that annoys people most about the iPhone.
The current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus lineup offers customers a choice of 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage options.
However, supply chain investigations by Kevin Wang, director of market research at respected analyst firm IHS Technology, suggest the iPhone 7 base model will come with with 32GB of storage.
If true, we could expect other models with larger storage – 64GB and 128GB most likely – to stick with the £619 and £699 prices.
Designer Martin Hajek has created several impressive 3D renders of what he thinks the iPhone 7 could look like.
Rather than the traditional Space Grey colour, Hajek has taken the Space Black finish from the Apple Watch and applied it to the phone.
His realistic-looking renders also show how many of the iPhone 7 rumours might look if they were implemented in a finished product.
The most persistent of which is that Apple will remove the headphone jack from the new iPhone and use the newer USB-C connection instead.
Hajek has added a pair of USB-C capable headphones in one of his shots to illustrate what that may look like.
Similarly, the camera lens has been enlarged to take into account a more powerful sensor and the antenna lines have been moved from across the back to the top and bottom of the phone.
That could be about to change as many rumours suggest next year’s model may drop the iconic home button on the front of the gadget.
One artist, Marek Weidlich, has created an intriguing concept of what that might look like.
Weidlich has turned the entire front of the futuristic smartphone into a screen – leaving no home button or any visible bezel.
“I focused on simple design language which is very important for Apple,” Weidlich said.
“I designed a curved display without a bezel, and equipped with a software home button.”
It’s unlikely Apple will follow suit but then the world’s most valuable company has frequently had a problem with bending phones .
Apple’s last two releases have been with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. This covers a broad range and the tech giant could decide to keep things as they are.
End of the Home button
Pictures surfaced recently that appear to show a version of the phone with a completely blank front panel. They seem to suggest that Apple will drop its famous home key in favour of an on-screen button.
Taken in China and obtained by the blog site Apple Insider , the pictures have now been widely circulated around the internet.
The shady pictures look to be taken quickly and without much thought to lighting or presentation. They show what is allegedly a new iPhone with a very different design.
There is also no evidence of a headphone jack on the bottom of the phone. However, the external speakers on the bottom look similar to previous iPhone models.
On Chinese social media site Weibo, a new picture supposedly showing the back of the iPhone 7 has been doing the rounds.
The main noticeable detail is that the “camera bump” from the iPhone 6s appears to have carried over to the new design.
Because the new iPhone will likely arrive with Apple’s yet-to-be-confirmed iOS 10 software and an upgraded processor, it will offer even more power and better efficiency.
Likely to be boasting a processor called the A10 chip, the iPhone 7 will surely boast more power – although it’s anyone’s guess as to how much this will translate into actual usage.
At the moment, we don’t know what kind of battery the iPhone 7 will use – but at least there’s now a Low Power Mode built into iOS 9 to help it last even longer. We expect this will continue into an updated version of iOS.
According to Korean site ETNews , Apple is currently in discussion with arch-rival Samsung over supplying OLED screens for its next phone.
This would shift the display over from the current LED model to a much more vibrant OLED screen. Such a move would likely make for better colour reproduction for videos and games, but might hamper battery life.
Elsewhere, a leak Italian website from HDblog suggests that Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, which is expected to launch alongside the iPhone 7 this September, will feature a whopping 256GB of storage.
That’s double the storage of an entry-level Macbook Air, and would make the iPhone 7 Plus Apple’s most high-capacity smartphone yet.
The site shows pictures of a 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip that “could be appropriate for the next generation smartphone”, according to MacRumours.
The misery of dropping your iPhone down the toilet could soon be over as the latest rumours suggest Apple’s next iPhone could be completely waterproof.
According to a report in the China-based Commercial Times , Apple is working on a new “compound material” that repels water for use in its forthcoming smartphone, which it is thought will be called the iPhone 7.
This new material will also reportedly remove the need for the two strips of plastic that run across the back of the current generation of iPhones to allow mobile signals to reach the antennas.
This suggests that the body of the next iPhone may not be made from metal at all, but some other kind of material that allows radio waves to pass through it.
Apple acquired a patent for liquidmetal back in 2010 and uses it to make the small SIM ejector tool that comes in each iPhone box.
The material itself is a type of alloy that’s tougher and more water-resistant than typical aluminium.
In the concept, Haidin envisions the iPhone 7 as a mere 3mm thick with a body formed of glass and liquidmetal.
There has also been some suggestion that the iPhone 7 could include a cutting-edge technology known as LiFi , that is capable of transmitting information at 100 times the speed of WiFi.
However, this is unlikely, given that LiFi is still in the early stages of development, and researchers don’t expect it to be ready for commercial use before the end of the decade.