iPhone 7: Release Expected in September
Apple has kept up a fairly regular release schedule since the advent of the iPhone 5. September is typically the month to expect a new iPhone release, as it was the case with the last four major upgrades of the flagship line. Apple’s supply chain is allegedly already in preparations for shipping the products in Q3 2016. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are said to be highly similar to the iPhone 6s and its larger sibling.
The Taiwanese DigiTimes is always to be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to the reliability of their rumor reporting. According to their sources from the Apple supply chain, the new iPhone generation is to be delivered during the third quarter of the current year. This makes the tech blogosphere expect a September release date if Apple sticks to the currently unchanged cycle that has been in place since the iPhone 5. Looking at Tim Cook as a supply chain management master of efficiency, deviation from this plan would be very surprising – even if Apple has disappointed Wall Street by not introducing more radical products in a slowly but surely saturated smartphone market.
The supply chain sources of DigiTimes further clarify that the 4.7 inch model will be made by Pegatron and Foxconn, while Wistron and Foxconn have secured the orders for the larger 5.5 inch device, the iPhone 7 Plus. To minimize risk and optimize availability at launch, Apple is said to purchase parts from a diversified portfolio of suppliers. Right now, Apple is using the services of at least two manufacturers per important component, including the batteries, chassis and hinges. To be honest, we would be surprised if any of this information proved to be incorrect. Most of these rumors are a pretty safe bet, even given the slightly spotty track record of DigiTimes one can see how these prognoses could turn out to be true.
Possible features rumored to be a part of the iPhone 7 include a thinner, sleeker design without a traditional headphone jack, a dual-camera setup as well as 3 GB of RAM and a Smart Connector port on the larger iPhone 7 Plus. Visually, the new devices are expected to look pretty much like the current generation, according to allegedly leaked sketches.