Apple has surprised us somewhat over the past two years, releasing an iPhone 5C along-side the iPhone 5S in 2013, and an iPhone 6 Plus alongside the iPhone 6 in 2014. We’re wondering whether Apple might soon decide to ditch the numbers completely and stick with iPhone, iPhone Plus and iPhone C, perhaps. Or, simply ditch the ‘S’ models and launch an iPhone 7.
In fact, reports that emerged in mid April suggest that the next iPhone is going to be so significantly different to and better than the iPhone 6 that Apple has decided the iPhone 6S name doesn’t fit, and instead will launch an iPhone 7 this autumn. No one knows for sure yet though, so you’ll see both terms used within this article, although primarily iPhone 7 to keep things simple. Looking back over the recent history of Apple’s iPhone launches, it’s likely that the iPhone 7 will be unveiled at a special event in September 2015. It will be a little while until invites are sent out, though.
Our current prediction is 8 September. Why? Well, it’s a complete guess, but it’s an informed one. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled on 9 September, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S were unveiled on 10 September, and iPhone 5 was on 12 September. Apple goes for Tuesday or Wednesday launches (more often Tuesdays) so Tuesday 8 September 2015 is our iPhone 7 prediction. However, the most recent rumors to hit the web suggest that the iPhone 7 could actually arrive in August, a few weeks earlier than expected. The Economic Daily News has cited supply-chain sources who allegedly say that the iPhone 7 is in production already, and will launch a month earlier than we first thought.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent a big design change from their predecessor, the iPhone 5S, so it’s likely that Apple won’t make such significant design changes to the next generation of iPhone. Traditionally, with Apple’s ‘S’ models, the design is almost identical to the previous iPhone’s design.So, we can expect the iPhone 7 to have a 4.7in screen (and the iPhone 7 Plus should Apple decide to launch one to have a 5.5in display), a rounded, aluminium chassis and a very slim profile. It’s also likely that it’ll be available in Silver, Gold and Slate Grey.
Apple could make the iPhone 7 lighter, though, thanks to the use of the stronger sapphire glass and more durable liquid metal materials, both of which Apple is believed to be working with. Stronger materials mean Apple could use less metal and glass in the device, making lighter overall.
The iPhone 7 will have a faster processor, probably names the A9, joined by an M9 co-processor. It could boast camera improvements (although analysts say it won’t), as well as better battery life and new features such as wireless charging. Interestingly, it’s rumored that Apple will finally up the i Phones RAM complement, with 2 GB LPDDR4 memory.
It’s believed that Samsung is the main supplier of Apple’s A9 processor, and that they’re being manufactured using a new 14-nano meter process, helping make them smaller, more efficient and more powerful.