Apple is expected to reveal the next iteration of its ever-popular iPhone 7 in the next Apple Event today.
The Californian tech giant usually updates its smartphone lineup in early September so it can see out the end of the year on a high.
This year it will almost certainly be the iPhone 7 that’s revealed, and the online rumour mill has been in overdrive ahead of the September announcement.
From photos leaked from factories in China, and concept images created by digital artists, to choice information from people with insider knowledge of Apple’s plans, the internet is abuzz with information on the the new smartphone.
We’ve gathered together all the latest news surrounding the phone, and will continue to update this article as we learn more.
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Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has issued a new research note, claiming that the iPhone 7 will include one very useful feature for photo fanatics.
The phone will reportedly have four LED flash lights – two in cool colours, and two in warm colours – and an ambient light sensor.
While the iPhone 6s ‘ camera is widely praised, it still struggles to take good photos in low-light situations. These additions should theoretically improve image quality.
It is unclear whether the new features will appear on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 or just the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is also expected to feature a dual-lens camera capable of taking SLR-quality photos.
Either way, Apple is clearly stepping up its photography capabilities in the face of growing competition from the likes of Samsung, Sony and Huawei.
Apple has sent out invitations for an event, where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 7 .
The event is taking place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 7, at 10am local time, (6pm BST).
Apple often likes to include a hidden message in its invitations, but this one gives very little away.
It carries the tagline “See you on the 7th” – which may allude to the name of the iPhone 7, as well as the date.
It also features a number of translucent coloured dots outlining the top portion of Apple’s logo, which may relate to the rumour that Apple is planning to introduce new coloured handsets.
In photography, this out-of-focus effect is called bokeh. It is usually hard to create with a phone camera, suggesting that the iPhone 7 could feature an upgraded camera lens.
However, the dots could also be water droplets, which would be relevant if Apple was planning to launch a waterproof iPhone.
Although the launch will take place on 7 September, there is usually a gap between Apple unveiling its latest iPhone and the device going on sale.
Notorious leaker Evan Blass claims to have pinned down the release date to Friday, September 16 – although he has cited no source for the information.
September 16 would be in keeping with Apple’s normal timetable, allowing the company to start taking pre-orders a week earlier, on Friday, September 9.
It’s unlikely that Apple’s main iPhone 7 will be any easier on the wallet than past variants.
Tech site igyaan claims to have leaked a full price list of all iPhone 7 handsets in Chinese Yuan.
The low spec handset for the 32GB version will reportedly cost around £595 with the highest spec phone – the iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB – being priced at almost £900.
iPhone 7 32GB ¥5,288 (£595.25)
iPhone 7 128GB ¥6,088 (£685.30)
iPhone 7 256GB ¥7,088 (£797.87)
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB ¥6,088 (£685.30)
iPhone 7 Plus 128GB ¥6,888 (£775.36)
iPhone 7 Plus 256GB ¥7,888 (£887.92)
While the iPhone 7 is expected to look largely identical to the iPhone 6s, rumours point to a number of key changes.
Many tech fans felt the design change from the iPhone 5s to the iPhone 6 (and then 6s) was a hugely positive step – praising the thinner body and larger screen.
As with last year’s flagship, the iPhone 7 will come in two sizes – one with a 4.7-inch display, and one with a 5.5-inch display (which will be known as the iPhone 7 Plus).
These will both have the same aluminium body as the iPhone 6s. However, a video obtained by French tech site Nowhereelse.fr shows that the white plastic antenna lines across the back will be removed.
It also shows that there will be no 3.5mm headphone port on the base of the handset, suggesting that iPhone 7 users may have to rethink their headphone choices.
Another video shows an iPhone 7 Plus mockup in a deep metallic blue tone – suggesting the tech giant may be planning to expand its range of colours for the iPhone 7 range.
Kuo claims that the iPhone 7 will come in five colours – silver, gold, rose gold, dark black and “piano black”.
The glossy piano black variant could be limited in availability, so Apple is expected to focus on large-storage models for that shade.
Designer Martin Hajek has created several impressive 3D renders of what he thinks the iPhone 7 could look like.
Rather than the traditional Space Grey colour, Hajek has taken the Space Black finish from the Apple Watch and applied it to the phone.
His realistic-looking renders also show how many of the iPhone 7 rumours might look if they were implemented in a finished product.
The most persistent of which is that Apple will remove the headphone jack from the new iPhone and use the Lightning port instead. There’s more on that below – read on to find out.