You probably knew that Apple would release the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in September. Now noted leaker Evan Blass has revealed that the phone will go on sale on Friday, September 16. Blass first tweeted out that the new iPhones would release during the week of September 12th. He clarified in a follow-up tweet that the retail release will happen on September 16th. Note that Blass refers to the retail launch, not the unveiling event.
There is little reason to doubt Evan Blass
Last year, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were announced in Sept.09 and hit the store shelves on Sept.25, 2015. Now that we know that release date of the iPhone 7 – and we know that Apple unveils the iPhones 10-14 days earlier – we can estimate that the device will be unveiled between Sept.02 and Sept.07. Apple has not sent out invites for the announcement event yet.
Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 23, 2016
Last week, a report surfaced that Apple had internally code-named the upcoming iPhones as “Sonora” and “Dos Palos.” Both are the names of cities in California. Earlier, there were rumors that Apple would launch three variants: the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro. However, more recent leaks suggest that the Pro version will not be unveiled.
Will there be a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus?
Apple is also said to bump up the base storage from 16GB to 32GB. The storage offerings for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus would be 32GB, 64GB and 128GB; though there have also been rumors of a 256GB version. You can expect an improved main camera with optical image stabilization in the iPhone 7, and a dual-camera system in the iPhone 7 Plus. The Plus version is likely to feature an iPad-like Smart Connector on the back.
Apple has also redesigned the antenna lines. One of the biggest changes we can expect to see in the new iPhones is the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack that could make the phones slimmer. However, there have been conflicting reports in recent weeks suggesting that the iPhone 7 would retain the headphone jack.