Phone 7 (and iPhone 7 Plus) rumour round-up

David Price
26 October, 2015
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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have barely launched – and we’re already thinking about next year’s iPhone 7. The tech world has a short attention span, I guess. The web is full of speculation about new iPhone(s) that Apple will launch in 2016, so in this article we’re going to gather all the rumours about the iPhone 7: its release date, design, specs and features, and any leaked photos and concept illustration that we get hold of.

We’re sure to see a next-generation iPhone in 2016, but what will the new iPhone 7 look like? (Traditionally, Apple alternates between internal upgrades for the ‘S’ update, then a physical redesign for the full-number update, so a radically redesigned chassis could be on the cards.) What new features can we expect? And when will the iPhone 7 come out? We round up the evidence to bring you everything there is to know about the iPhone 7 so far.

Bookmark this page for a regularly updated summary of all the information currently available – and all the rumours doing the rounds – related to the iPhone 7: details, clues, hints and rumours, as well as any leaked photos of the iPhone 7 that emerge. We’ll update the article whenever we hear worthwhile new information (or scurrilous but interesting gossip) on the subject of the next iPhone.

Main sections in this article:

If you’re looking for information about the current iPhone range, by the way, read our iPhone 6s reviewPhone 6s Plus reviewiPhone 6 reviewiPhone 6 Plus review and iPhone 5s review, and our iPhone buyers’ guide.

Finally, find out what’s in store for Apple fans throughout the rest of this year: Apple predictions for 2015. And take a look at Apple patents and the clues they offer about the future of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

In a nutshell: Macworld‘s verdict on the iPhone 7

In our iPhone 7 rumour round-up we cover a lot of ground: you’d be amazed by the clues, hints and general speculation about the iPhone 7 that people have managed to dig up. But for those who don’t want all the detail, the following section sums up our verdict on the whole thing. Consider it a sort of TL;DR for the article as a whole.

In a nutshell, then, we reckon:

1) Apple will launch a couple of new iPhones in September 2016.

2) We expect a 4.7in phone (called the iPhone 7), and a 5.5in model (the iPhone 7 Plus). If Apple does make another 4in iPhone (which, thanks to the success of the larger iPhones, is by no means a certainty) then we think it’ll be called something like the iPhone 7 mini.

3) The iPhone 7 is likely to get a substantial physical redesign after the largely identical iPhone 6/6s generations. It’s too early to know what direction Apple will pick, but it’s likely to be thinner than ever: putting the ‘cut-down headphone socket’ patent into action would be one way to help achieve this.

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