When will Apple’s iPhone 7 launch?

The launch of Apple’s iPhone 7 – which could be called the iPhone 6s – is one of the most anticipated events of the technology calendar. But when will its release date be?

The launch of Apple’s lastest iPhone is always one of the most hyped events in the technology calendar and, this year, rumours suggest the iPhone 7 (which may in fact be called the iPhone 6s) will launch on 9 September.

Apple usually holds a big event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, during the first two weeks of September, where it unveils its latest gadgets. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were announced on 9 September 2014, the iPhone 5s and 5c on 10 September 2013, and the iPhone 5 on 12 September 2012.

Now sources familiar with Apple’s plans have reportedly told BuzzFeed News that the company intends to hold this year’s event during the week of 7 September, with Wednesday 9 September being the most likely date. Given Apple’s recent propensity for holding events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this seems to fit.

Meanwhile, a leaked internal email from Vodafone in June revealed that the new handsets will go on sale on September 25, with pre-orders being accepted from September 18.

The new iPhone model will run iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s software for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, which was announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June.

Updates and features include Siri becoming more proactive in recognising your behaviour, longer battery life and improvements to existing apps including Maps and Notes.

The iPhone 7 (or 6s) is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6, and come in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch size variants. Some analysts have suggested there will be a rose gold version along with the traditional gold, silver and grey.

A patent filed by Apple back in December 2013 suggested that the company was working to remove the thin plastic strips that run across the width of the device and let radio waves penetrate the aluminium casing. However it is now thought that the technology will not be ready in time for the new iPhone.

One of the most significant features of the iPhone 7 could be the addition ofForce Touch technology, which is used in the Apple Watch and latest Macbook to enable users to more easily navigate the device.

Reports suggest that this would allow users to press down hard on the iPhone’s touchscreen to provide a different response to a usual tap. For example, it could make navigating menus more quickly, with something previously requiring two or three button taps now requiring just one Force Touch press.

Other rumoured features include a DSLR-quality camera, a new processor – the A9 – produced by Samsung, and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass screen.

There are also reports that Apple is planning to launch a third phone this year – an iPhone 6c, which would essentially be an iPhone 5c with an Touch ID sensor on its home button.

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