While Apple executives are taking to stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), a new report coming out of the United Kingdom has revealed the release date of the iPhone 7. Technology blog Mobile News has obtained a leaked memo that telecom giant Vodafone sent to its internal staff. According to the leaked email, the “next iPhone” will go on sale via Vodafone on September 25th.
You can pre-order iPhone 7 starting Sept.18
Apple fans will be able to pre-order the iPhone 7 on September 18th. The carrier mentions the device as “next iPhone,” so it’s unclear whether it will be named iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S. But Mobile News, which obtained the leaked memo, uses the name iPhone 7. In April, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said that Apple will name its upcoming smartphone iPhone 7 instead of the iPhone 6S.
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Kuo argued that the ‘S’ versions are usually minor updates, while the new numbers (7 in this case) carry a major upgrade. The upcoming iPhone is likely to sport the revolutionary Force Touch technology, which is too big a feature to go with minor updates like 6S. Besides Force Touch, the iPhone 7 is expected to feature an improved 12-megapixel main camera, A9 processor, and 2GB RAM. The device will run the iOS 9 software unveiled on Monday at WWDC.
Apple Pay coming to the UK in August
While Vodafone did not mention the successor to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, we believe it will accompany the standard version. Apple has not commented on these speculations. Separately, industry sources told The Telegraph that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to launch Apple Pay in the UK in August. There is no word as to whether the payment service will arrive in the rest of the Europe at the same time.
Recently, comments by Visa executives suggested that Apple Pay will be rolled out in Europe in the second half of this year. Apple is in talks with leading British banks and retailers regarding the launch of its mobile payment system. Most British point-of-sale terminals already carry NFC trans-receivers.