iPhone 7 Release Date, Price, Specifications, and All Other Leaks
iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled on September 7
The new iPhone models are unlikely to bring major design changes
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are tipped to get storage bumps
After a long wait, we officially know the release date for the iPhone 7, probably the most
anticipated smartphone of the year. Apple has sent out invitations for a special event on
September 7, where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 7 is not expected to see any major design tweaks, and is tipped to look similar
to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, a departure from Apple's traditional tick-tock cycle.
Initial rumours had suggested that to emphasise the minimal upgrades in this year's
offerings, Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone 6SE, though the prominent
placement of '7th' on the invite should put those rumours to bed.
iPhone 7 release date
Tim Cook will hold up the iPhone 7 and parade it around on stage on September 7 - that's today!
The not-coincidentally-timed launch date appeared in invites sent to TechRadar and other media outlets, saying, "See you on the 7th." That doesn't mean it'll be in your own hands then, however.
The actual iPhone 7 release date is expected to be on the tail end of the next week, Friday September 16, with iPhone 7 pre-orders happening one week prior to that, Friday, September 9.
It's no surprise that Apple is launching the new iPhone in September. It's done so ever since the iPhone 5 (not counting March iPhone SE launch), and iOS 10 is due this autumn season, too.
TechRadar's take: The iPhone 7 launch date is now confirmed for September 7. The timing of the release date in stores isn't completely nailed down, but history has proven it'll be September 16.
Everything you need to know about the iPhone 7 release date
iPhone 7 deals: how much will it cost?
iPhone 7 cost
Prices to remain static
Smallest storage size to increase to 32GB for same cost
256GB model at the top end
The iPhone cost rarely varies from year to year, and price rumors from Weibosuggest just that.
That means the iPhone 7 price will be around US$649 (£539, AU$1079), but here's the good news: for that money you'll apparently get 32GB of storage rather than 16GB.
At the top end it will be more expensive than the US$849 / £699 / AU$1379 iPhone 6S 128GB, but you'll apparently get 256GB of storage.
There's some confusion over whether there will be a 64GB or 128GB 'middle option': a leak from WeChat, spotted by BGR, agree on the prices for all three sizes, with the middle choice coming in at 6088 yuan, which is the same price as the mid-sized (64GB) iPhone 6S in China, around £619 / US$749 / AU$1229.
The sources can't agree on is whether you'll get 64GB of storage or 128GB for that money - 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options seem the most likely.
That said, there's a growing amount of evidence for a 256GB iPhone 7, from a leaked order assembly sheet, to manufacturing sources.
TechRadar's take: A larger base storage option, but very little price rise as the iPhone is already at the top end of acceptable cost.