Apple unveiled the iPhone 6S just under a year ago, and that most likely means that we are merely weeks away from the official release of the iPhone 7. While we wait for the next iteration of Apple’s high-end smartphone, new rumors and leaks have already been giving us a better idea of what to expect from the device. New Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10 are certainly going to provide some serious competition, and when one factors in the upcoming release of Android 7.0 Nougat, it becomes obvious that the iPhone 7 is going to have to pack a serious technological punch.

iPhone 7 by Jimmy Benson on 2014-10-17 16:12:08
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New iPhones: It’s that time of the year again

If there has been one constant regarding Apple’s major iPhone launches, it’s that they come around once a year. Given that the iPhone 6S was released in late September of last year, about a year after the iPhone 6 launched, it is pretty much a given that the iPhone 7 will be released this September.

Apple has not yet officially announced the date for the release of the iPhone 7, however rumors have emerged that many think are quite accurate. Included in the rumor are tentative dates for the press conference, preorders, and launch date. There are in fact two potential launch dates that are being rumored for the new iPhones, however, a new claim has emerged that may just have solidified the exact day when Apple will release the new iPhones.

A report from a “trustworthy source” has recently revealed that Apple plans on officially unveiling the iPhone 7 on September 7th. Most sources up to this point have been suggesting the same date.

Before that, Evan Blass, a well-known leaker, tweeted that he believes that Apple will begin preorders for the iPhone 7 on September 9th, with shipping and an in-store launch set for the 16th of September.

Now, however, according to a trustworthy source originating from AT&T retail staff has suggested that the actual launch date of the new iPhones will be September 23rd.

Releasing on the third or fourth Friday of September

Both the 16th and 23rd of September would make sense for a release date. Both dates are Fridays, which has traditionally been when Apple has released new iPhones. Additionally, Apple is always expected to release their new devices on the first or second Friday following the first day of preorders.

In a tweet from a few days ago, Evan Blass stated his belief that September 16th is the official release date for the iPhone 7. “[For what it’s worth,] I’m very confident in this date,” Blass wrote, referring to a previous tweet in which he stated that the smartphone will be released on September 16th.

Three new iPhones on the way

We now expect Apple to release not two but three brand-new iPhone 7 models this September, whichever date it ends up being, the 16th or the 23rd. Alongside an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, it seems probably that Apple will reveal something called the iPhone 7 Pro – a high-end smartphone with extra features such as a dual-lens camera and smart connector.

Nothing has been officially confirmed regarding a release date, but Apple is hosting an event on September 7th in which, hopefully, the majority of questions and doubts regarding the device are answered. Until we know more, stay tuned for updates.