Tech journalist Evan Bass, popularly known as @evleaks on Twitter, is at it again. The man who has for years leaked accurate details about upcoming devices claims the Apple iPhone 7 will be released September 16th, a Friday.
This should be in line with Apple’s tradition of making the iPhone available on the day before a weekend in September — a tradition that started in 2012 with the iPhone 5. This time, though, it looks as though the company is dropping the device earlier than usual. Last year, the iPhone 6S was released on September 25.
If we have to guess, this may be in answer to its closest rival, Samsung, launching the Galaxy Note 7 earlier than usual as well.
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
The iPhone 7, or whatever Apple is calling it this year, is rumored to be more of an evolution than a revolution. What seems to be images and videos of the device show that it looks the same as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6, save for a bigger, more protruding rear camera; an extra speaker; and the absence of antenna lines on the back.
The iPhone 7 is also said to be lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack, but to make the transition more seamless, Deutsche Bank says the upcoming smartphone will ship with a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle.
If true, then Apple’s move to adopt the same iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 design for the 2016 model strays from its practice of changing the look of its device every other year. Could it be because it plans to make 2017, the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, extra special? Guess we’ll have to wait for one more year then.
But for now, you can watch our iPhone 6S video review below.