The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September, but little over a month later there's already chatter about what's next for Apple's smartphone, including it's release date, specs, new features and design. Here, we bring you the latest iPhone 7 speculation to help you stay up-to-date with the latest iPhone 7 news, rumours and leaks.
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 ocver the past two years, releasing an iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S last year, and an iPhone 6 Plus alongside the iPhone 6 this year. 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.
No one knows for sure yet, but to make things simple, we'll be calling the iPhone 7 for the purpose of this article.
iPhone 7 release date rumours: When is the iPhone 7 coming out?
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.
Following the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last year, there was some speculation that Apple may begin launching new iPhones twice a year to keep up with its competition, with the iPhone 6 originally expected in April/May 2014. That speculation turned out to be incorrect so we're not betting on an April/May 2015 iPhone launch either.
Until we hear more (and we'll update you as soon as we do), we're predicting a September 2015 launch for the iPhone 7.
iPhone 7 rumours: Design, specs & new features
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.
It's also likely that the iPhone 7 will have a faster A9 processor, joined by an M9 co-processor. It could boast camera improvements, too, as well as better battery life and new features such as wireless charging.
iPhone 7 with sidewall display: Apple's answer to the Galaxy Note Edge?
However, there are some rumours to suggest that the iPhone 7 could have some new design features, though we'd take these rumours with a pinch of salt.
The speculation about a new design stems from an Apple patent that was published last year. It describes what Apple calls "sidewall displays," similar to the display found on the Galaxy Note Edge.
Concept by Michael Shanks
The patent hints at a future iPhone with a display that extends onto the sides of the device, providing interactive or touch sensitive portions that give access to slide-to-unlock functionality, music player controls, messaging readout, called ID, system controls and more.
Perhaps Apple will decide to introduce the sidewall display to the iPhone 6 Plus's successor, offering even more screen estate.
While the sidewall display and Touch ID display are both great ideas, what we really want to see is a higher resolution display. The iPhone 6 Plus's display is 401ppi, but that's still not as impressive as many of its rivals, including the Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3.
iPhone 7 rumours: Touch ID display
Another rumour that was sparked by an Apple patent is that the iPhone 7's Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is usually situated beneath the Home button, could be built-in to the entire display, eliminating the need for a Home button and making room for a larger display without enlarging the overall size of the smartphone.
iPhone 7 rumours: Reversible USB charger
Another rumour circulating the web is that the iPhone 7 will come with a new iPhone charger, with a Lightning connector on one end and a new reversible USB connector on the other end.
In August 2014, a video of a reversible USB charger emerged on YouTube, which you can watch below.
We'll continue to update this article as more reports emerge, so check back regularly for the latest information.