Release date for the new A10-powered iPhone may have been revealed
The iPhone 7 release is just over a month away and rumours about the new device's features are coming thick and fast.
We've compiled everything we know so far about the forthcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus into one handy article.
Prominent tipster Evleaks believes the next iPhone will be released the week beginning 12 September 2016. Apple is nothing if not predictable when it comes to release dates, and its hardware releases usually fall on a Friday. If this is the case we should be able to get our hands on it come 16 September.
Apple won't buck the trend and make the next iPhone any cheaper than the last. We expect the iPhone 7 32GB model to cost £539 (in place of the current iPhone 6S), rising to £619 and £699 for the 64GB and 128GB variants.
Specs and rumours
Pokémon Go fans should join the hunt for the elusive black and blue iPhone 7. New pictures have emerged of the iPhone 7 in every colour but the new ones - that means Silver, Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. The photo shows dummy units and is believed to have originated from a third-party company that builds iPhone accessories.
It has long been assumed that the Apple A10 processor will feature in the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Benchmark scores for the processor have now appeared on Geekbench and show that the new chip will offer a 20 per cent performance boost over the A9.
Although impressive, the A9 saw a 50 per cent bump over the A8 so it appears things have been dialled down this time. The resulting scores put it more on a par with the A9X chip in the iPad Pro.
Elsewhere, a fresh leak courtesy of Weibo has shone a light on the larger iPhone 7 Plus, along with some of the purported changes coming to the device.
The Plus is believed to have a 5.5in frame and, in the new images, commentators have pointed out the addition of a Smart Connector, as well as a new capacitive Home Button.
A touch-sensitive Home button has long been on the cards, but these new images don't corroborate previous rumours that the newly designed button will sit flush with the chassis. Instead, there appears to be an outline that draws a boundary around the pressable area.
To add further mystery, the mute switch (something of an iPhone staple) appears to have disappeared.
An image of the back of the phone shows the long-rumoured dual camera setup, suggesting that the iPhone 7 Plus at least will introduce this new hardware.
A mere few days before, NowhereElse.fr provided us with the first clear picture of Apple's next smartphone.
The picture is believed to show us the smaller of the two new devices, complete with a larger camera, clean design and its antenna lines clearly visible.
According to supply chain research, analysts believe that Apple will drop the 16GB storage option and instead offer a larger 32GB by default. Analysts from IHS boast a decent track record in terms of accurate Apple rumours, and let's not forget that it was supply chain sources that first hinted at a smaller 4in iPhone. That device would later break ground as the iPhone SE.
The base 16GB has endured since the iPhone's inception in 2008.
A further leak comes courtesy of the infamous Twitter personality known as The Malignant who reposted an image supposedly from an internal meeting held with Foxconn. If true the next iPhone could very well have an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, as well as support for wireless charging.
An image has also appeared on China's Weibo social network purporting to show the new device in Rose Gold. If true it points to the phone lacking the much rumoured dual rear camera.
Previous rumours suggested that the iPhone 7 will have an improved camera. The above image, via 9to5Mac.com, shows the back of the device with a camera lens in the top left that's notably larger than on the iPhone 6S.
This suggests that it will be a notable improvement on the 12MP lens. However, the fact that it still protrudes from the back of the phone may not please everyone, as this is one element of the iPhone design that many dislike.
It's not clear from the image whether the device will contain dual-camera technology, although prior rumours have said it will, also requiring a hefty 3GB of RAM to power the function, according to widespread rumours.
Another notable potential feature was raised by the above image from Bastille Postthat raised questions about the inclusion of Apple's Smart Connector (indicated here by the three dots). The Connector was first seen on the iPad Pro and will be used to provide keyboard support if the latest rumours are to be believed.
We can expect two new iPhone models: the 4.7in iPhone 7 and the 5.5in iPhone 7 Plus.Macworld reckons that both handsets will see a substantial redesign after the near identical iPhone 6S Plus.
The smart money is on the device being significantly thinner. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes we're looking at a thickness of 6mm to 6.5mm.
Handsets from other manufacturers have screen resolutions that have stayed the same between generations (most recently with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) and Apple is likely to stick with the resolution found on the 6S and 6S Plus.
Forums in China are ablaze with images taken from a video that appears to show a longer, larger camera slot. The video, courtesy of Unbox Therapy, explores a couple of 'leaked' third-party cases designed to fit the iPhone 7 and iPhone SE.
Previous rumours suggested that Apple will introduce a dual-lens setup on the iPhone 7 Plus. This could still be the case, but going on the design shown in this video,MacRumors claimed that it is "more likely designed for a larger single-lens camera than a dual-lens camera".
The earlier video from Unbox Therapy seemed to corroborate the removal of the headphone jack and also suggested that the Lightning cable will provide music and charging functionality.
However, new rumours suggest that the headphone jack will be in the device, contradicting earlier reports.
Japanese site Mac Otakara believes that the new handset will use Bluetooth-enabled EarPods that will share a similar charging function with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Mac Otakara denied suggestions that the iPhone 7 will use dual stereo speakers.
It is widely assumed that the A10 chip will power the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, an earthquake in Taiwan earlier this year cast doubt over the chip manufacturer's ability to produce enough. Digitimes reported that the factory owned by TSMC is ramping up production to meet Apple's demands.
In the iPhone 7 Plus rumour camp, Italy's HDblog has published pictures purporting to show a high-capacity 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip. SanDisk flash memory has been used in the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but a 256GB chip would be the first in iPhone history.
A report in China's Commercial Times claimed that the iPhone 7 could be built from something different entirely, shunning the traditional metal body in favour of a new "compound material". The mystery material will provide the iPhone 7 with a water-resistant finish and do away with the antenna lines that span the phone's rear.
Business Korea reported that the new phones might offer wireless charging using a ceramic material.
Apple delivers increased power and battery efficiency with every iteration of iOS, and we expect iOS 10 to be no different.
The handsets will incorporate the 3D Touch technology that made its debut on the iPhone 6S. This leads us to wonder whether Apple could do away with the Home button for good.
When it comes to colour options we can expect the Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold offered with the iPhone 6S.