iPhone 7: Everything we think we know so far about Apple’s latest handset

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#Smartphone #iPhone7iPhone 7: Everything we think we know so far about Apple’s latest handset : The new Apple phone is on the way. And, as ever, so are the rumours. The iPhone 7 will be an important release for Apple: it’s the first phone it has launched since sales of the handsets stopped growing.

The company has promised to keep innovating to ensure that those sales stay up and people stay interested – so it will be interesting to see how Apple actually manages to do that.

Here’s our comprehensive and up-to-date list of everything that’s expected for the new phone. It’ll be continually updated as the launch date approaches.

Release date

This is perhaps the easiest of the secrets to predict: Apple tends to launch the phone at some point the same few days each year, and the release date is as predictable too.

This year, the phone had been expected on 7 September – a Wednesday, after the Labor Day long weekend in the US. It’s almost certain that it will fall within this week, although Apple might shift the exact date around slightly.

The release itself is expected to come on 16 September, though it might fall a week after. Apple will announce the release date at its launch event.

Apple usually starts selling the phone in a limited range of countries first, including the US, UK and some of Europe. It’ll then roll out elsewhere in the following months. All will become clear when Apple sends out its invites to the press, which usually happens towards the end of August.

The name

The new handset is likely to be called the iPhone 7 after all. That might not seem so surprising, but it is – the phone is expected to be more like another “s” year than a whole new phone.

And Apple was thought to be perhaps moving away from its traditional naming system. This year, at least, it’s strongly rumoured that it won’t. The new phone will be the 7 after all.

No headphone jack

Perhaps the biggest rumour about the new phone is what’s not going to be there, rather than what is. There’ll be no traditional headphone jack on the bottom of the next phone, according to a huge number of reports.

Instead, people will be encouraged to use either wireless headphones over Bluetooth, or to plug them in to the Lightning charging port on the bottom of the phone.

By now, it’s almost certain this is going to happen. But what remains entirely unknown is how Apple will spin it, what headphones they’ll offer in the box and exactly how mad everyone will be. Actually, that last one probably is known. People will be very mad, and then they’ll forget about it.