A series of rumors in the last couple of weeks suggested that Apple would hold the iPhone 7 unveiling event on September 7. Noted tipster Evan Blass had learned from his sources that pre-orders will begin on September 9, followed by retail availability on September 16. However, if a new leak is to be believed, we may have to wait a little longer than expected for the iPhone 7.

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AT&T leak hints at iPhone 7 retail availability on Sept.23

Apple is expected to make an official announcement regarding the September event sometime later this month. Zac Hall of 9to5Mac has obtained a leaked AT&T retail schedule showing the upcoming merchandising “reset hours.” According to the leak, Sept.9 and Sept.23 are the dates for merchandising reset. It indicates that the telecom giant could start advertising for the iPhone 7 pre-orders on Sept.9.

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Since Sept.23 is the only scheduled “reset” after Sept.9, it could be the date AT&T would start selling the new devices in its retail stores. The two-week gap between the pre-order and release shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Last year, the iPhone 6S went on sale on September 25 after a September 12 pre-order. In 2014, the company had started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 on September 12, and released it on September 19.

Can iPhone 7 beat the Galaxy Note 7?

Apple has not confirmed anything yet. So, the leak should be taken with a grain of salt. Also, the reset schedules of Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are not known at this point. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will look almost identical to the last year’s iPhone 6S, barring redesigned antenna lines and the removal of the headphone jack. The 5.5-inch Plus version is said to have 3GB RAM, a Smart Connector and a dual-camera setup.

The upcoming iPhones will face stiff competition from Samsung’s recently unveiled Galaxy Note 7. The Note 7 has shattered pre-order records in many countries. Demand for the new Note phablet was so strong that Samsung had to delay its release date in several countries including Russia, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands.