In just over a month, Apple is expected to launch the next chapter in iPhone history. The upcoming iPhone 7 may not be a radical redesign of the iOS device fans have come to know and love, however it will bring significant upgrades. A new collection of photos and information has leaked from the supply chain, as seen on Nowhereelse.fr. The images confirm several long-held rumors about the iPhone 7.
The well-known leaker Evan Blass from @evleaks is at again. This time he has predicted that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for pre-order starting September 9th. If Bass is correct, this makes it easier to predict the launch date by referencing previous Apple release cycles. The iPhone-maker typically announces new hardware in the middle of the week and opens pre-orders a few days later. For example, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on September 9, followed by pre-orders on September 12. The new handsets then started shipping a couple of weeks later on September 25th.
Designer Martin Hajek is at it again, posting 3D renderings of his latest iPhone 7 concept. Based on the most recent rumors and leaks, the concept highlights various new features, chiefly an updated colorway said to be in the works. Apple has released various shades of Space Gray over the years, and according to reports, the iPhone 7 will bring a darker variant that is closer to the Space Black Apple Watch.
Several reports over the months have predicted the demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone 7. More evidence has surfaced that Apple indeed plans to send the legacy audio jack to its final resting place alongside the floppy drive. Images leaked on the Chinese site Weibo show standard EarPods with one glaring difference: a Lightning connector in place of the familiar audio plug.
What is Force Touch ID? According to a report from Cowen and Company, Apple may debut the technology on the iPhone 7 this fall. Force Touch ID would replace the home button with a capacitive touch sensor to unlock the device. The iPhone 7 concept from designer Yasser Farahi shown above includes a flush home button that avoids using any moving parts.