iPhone 7 UK release date, specs & new features rumours: reports claim production of next-generation A9 chip has commenced
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here, but watchers are looking ahead to the next new iPhone, the iPhone 7, set to arrive later this year.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September, but now that we're well into 2015 it's no surprise that chatter about what's next for Apple's smartphone is getting louder and clearer. Here's everything we know about the iPhone 7 release date, specs, new features and design rumours and bring you the latest iPhone 7 speculation to help you stay up-to-date with the latest iPhone 7 news, rumours and leaks. When is the iPhone 7 coming out? Updated 17/7/15 with more information about the A9 chipset production.
iPhone 7 rumours: Isn't it going to be the iPhone 6S?
Some of you might be thinking, isn't it going to be called the iPhone 6S next? After all, Apple has released an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and now iPhone 6 (alongside the iPhone 6 Plus). So if history repeats itself, it's likely that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 6S rather than the iPhone 7. See also: iPhone 5S vs iPhone 6 comparison
However, Apple has surprised us somewhat over the past two years, releasing an iPhone 5C alongside 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.
Latest iPhone 7 rumours: Apple places huge iPhone 7 order with suppliers as it prepares for launch
Apple is reportedly preparing to place its biggest order ever for the iPhone 7, with 85 to 95 million units set to be manufactured in China this summer ahead of the new smartphone's launch later this year. That's according to The Wall Street Journal.
It's believed that Apple asked suppliers to build 70 to 80 million units last year, so it looks like Apple is confident that the next iPhone will fly off the shelves too.
Latest iPhone 7 rumours: iPhone 7 leaked images emerge
On 30 June, the first purported iPhone 7 leaked photos emerged, and we expect that this is going to spark a string of many more in the months to come.
The images come from 9To5Mac, which claims to have obtained the images from a "proven source familiar with Apple's supply chain."
The images show an iPhone case that looks almost identical to the iPhone 6, but is apparently destined for the iPhone 7 later this year. Despite previous rumours, the case is the same thickness and width as the iPhone 6.
Where the differences can be spotted is on the interior of the alleged iPhone 7 rear casing. The mounting points for the logic board and components are different, which suggests changes to some of the inner workings of the phone.