Yes, it’s that time again when the Internet forums are feverishly speculating about the next installment of Apple’s iPhone franchise. We have waded through all the rumors, looked up all the credible sources and taken note of the authors who seemed to always get it right in the past so we can bring you the most likely iPhone 7 specs, deals and phone features.
What is the release date? The next Apple iPhone 7 is expected to be launched in September 2016.
How much will the iPhone 7 cost? The pricing for the latest iPhone is consistently on average around £600 (handset only – from the lowest spec typically £449 to higher spec around £699) or £40-45 mark / per month (on contract) but then the new phones usually reduce in price after a few months.
When will the Apple iPhone 7 be on sale?
There are plenty of speculative iPhone 7 launch dates doing the rounds right now, but given the consistency of iPhone launches, the most credible dates are probably September 6th or 13th. You might notice that both of these days are Tuesdays, which tie into Apple’s general preference for their launch events happening on a Tuesday.
Bear in mind that the actual date the new phone will go on general sale will also be shrouded in secrecy.
Although if you take what has happened in previous years into consideration then it is very likely that you will be able to pre-order the iPhone 7 three days after the initial grand unveiling and this pre-order should arrive far ahead of the phone actually hitting the shops, which usually takes two weeks after the big reveal before you start seeing it on the high street.
How much will the iPhone 7 cost?
As you can imagine the exact price for the new iPhone 7 has not been confirmed but if we assume that it will be in line with previous iPhones, you should expect to pay a £40-£45 per month from day one if you get the phone on contract. Of course you will also have to keep some change to pay a small fee upfront for the phone and this will depend heavily on your phone network, which phone you choose (i.e. the memory size) and which deal you get.
If you want to get a SIM-free version of the phone that is factory unlocked (meaning you can use the phone on ANY phone network) then you should expect the entry-level 16GB version iPhone 7 to come in around £459, however, if you are interested in getting the higher-end 128GB edition of the same phone then you would be looking at around £699.
It is not yet certain that Apple will also produce a larger “Plus phablet version” of the iPhone 7 – as has been he case with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus but if they do then expect the larger screens to cost more. For instance, the entry-level 16GB model of the current iPhone 6S Plus is £619 while the high end edition that includes 128GB of storage costs £789.
iPhone 7 features and Specs
More battery, more juice
Apple is reported to fit it’s new iPhone 7 with a 3,100mAh battery, which is a record 12.5% larger than the one currently fitted to the iPhone 6S Plus. This means that the new phone will last longer but the downside is the phone might be bigger / thicker to accommodate the larger sized battery.
Headphone Jack: will they or won’t they?
Some fairly credible sources are claiming that the iPhone 7 will ditch the headphone jack for the first time ever. Instead of a jack, you will connect your headphones to your phone via the Lightning dock port. It is also reported that Apple are developing a wireless version of the headphones produced in its own brand and this will eliminate the need for directly connecting your headphone wire to the phone.
Despite the prevalence of Cloud storage and technologies, it is still way too easy to run out of space for music, photos, apps and files on your phone. This is probably why Apple is reported to consider doubling the included amount of storage space in their top-of-the-range new iPhone to around 256GB.
Will the iPhone 7 be waterproof?
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were a lot more resistant to water than had been advertised because Apple had not mentioned these highly improved waterproof credentials its marketing of the product. But it seems they spotted this missed opportunity and won’t make the same mistake next time so expect plenty of song and dance about this in all their marketing material. Also, if they boost the new phone’s water-resistance means it will be more capable of withstanding an accidental slip in the rain or dip in the bath.
DSLR quality’ snaps.
It is said that Apple will substantially overhaul the iPhone 6S’s camera and replace it with a snazzy new dual snapper, which will serve up something very close to ‘DSLR quality’ photographs. The downside is that the dual camera might be reserved only for the iPhone 7 Plus version of the phone and not available on the standard-sized handset.
“Li-Fi” instead of “Wi-Fi”
The current way Wi-Fi works on the iPhone is to use radio waves to move data wirelessly but there is plenty of talk that the iPhone 7 will feature a so-called “Li-Fi”, which will use a light spectrum and, hence, be much faster than W-Fi. Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) is a bidirectional, fully networked and high speed wireless communication technology.
An insider cited at MacRumors claims that Apple designer Jonathan Ive will most likely streamline the shape of the new iPhone 7, which means that it is very likely to be a thinner phone that will ditch the current iPhone 6S’s protruding camera lens as well as its plastic antenna bands. Apple has a habit and reputation for completely overhauling the look of the iPhone roughly every two years so expect a few surprises too!