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iPhone 7 Launch: All The Rumors About Apple’s New Phone

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Tech Editor
Updated: 1 September 2016
Apple will almost definitely unveil the iPhone 7 on Sept. 7, after sending out invites to its annual event in California. Rumors about the phone have been circulating for months, and as the release draws near, The Culture Trip takes a look at the host of rumors that are flying around the internet about Apple’s imminent release.

iPhone 7 or iPhone 6 SE?

Can a name alter your enjoyment of an iPhone? Probably not, but Apple fans tend to get excited by any possible name changes prior to a big launch. This year the rumor swirling around the internet was that the new phone would be called the iPhone 6 SE, rather than the more logical – and frankly more exciting – iPhone 7. But Apple sleuths in Russia appear to have confirmed the new smartphone will indeed be called iPhone 7, after spotting the name had been certified by the Eurasian Economic Commission in Russia.

Verdict: There’s a reason it’s being released on Sept. 7, not Sept. 6.

No Headphone Jack?

Will you be able to use your old headphones with the new iPhone? Possibly not, as reported leaks suggest that the iPhone 7 will only support wireless headphones and those with lightning port connectors. The lightning port is where the current phones charge from, and the new phones are expected to ship with lightning port headphones to help new users get over the loss of the regular 3.5mm headphone jack.

Verdict: Almost definitely true.

Release date

Serial leaker Evan Blass has claimed that the new iPhone will hit stores on Sept. 16, just 11 days after its unveiling. There has previously been a slightly longer wait between the announcement and the phone being available, but Blass, citing no sources, claims this will be the date. Preorders will presumably begin prior to that date.

Verdict: Sounds about right.

An iPhone 7 Pro?

Not content with the prospect of two new iPhones, the 7 and 7 plus, some fans have been discussing the possibility of an iPhone 7 Pro. French website posted a photo which it claimed to be of a larger phone boasting a dual-lens camera – the pro version of the new iPhone. Given the apparent naming confirmation, it would be quite the shock if Apple did release three versions of the same phone. Verdict: Very unlikely.

More Space

We always need more space on our phones, which is why this rumor seems plausible even if the source is sketchy. Twitter user The Malignant posted a series of tweets claiming the new iPhone 7 will start at 32GB and will be available in 128GB and 256GB versions. The information was reportedly taken from the price sheet of a Chinese electronics wholesaler.

The iPhone 6s starts at 16GB and then jumps to 64GB, so this would give users looking to spend a little less a few more storage options.

Verdict: We really hope this is true.

Home Button Redesign

Depending on who you believe, Apple is either ditching the home button all together, or just revamping it. Bloomberg Technology suggests that the new iPhone home button will be pressure sensitive and give feedback to the user through vibrations. That technology is already in use in Macbook computers.

Verdict: The home button is too iconic to drop, but a revamp makes sense.